The Content Model of the Web is Broken - Part 2

Almost exactly two years ago, I wrote a post on this blog called “The Content Model of the Web is Broken”. My basic argument was that there it had become very difficult to make a viable business out of content anymore. Advertising is not a workable revenue generator - the only real solutions were to produce content that either had ulterior motives (i.e. my content is designed to market some other product or service) or relied entirely on unpaid authors, which devalued writing to a point that the quality is potentially suspect. …

My Top 10 Songs of 2016

I’m a big music lover, and while 2016 was probably light on my music purchases compared to prior years, it still featured some great music. So, here’s my sort of traditional top songs of the year post (in case you’re curious, here’s last year’s post). 1. On Hold - The XX This song is from the upcoming album by the XX called ‘I See You’, which is due later this month. If the rest of the album is as incredible as this song, this album could be better than their debut album (which was fantastic). Plus, they sample Hall and...…

The Impact of Negativity Bias

Negativity bias is a term that describes something that, I think, we all instinctively know - that essentially negative things can overwhelm positive ones because they have more impact on your emotional state. Your brain is simply built with a greater sensitivity to unpleasant news. The bias is so automatic that it can be detected at the earliest stage of the brain’s information processing. - Our Brain’s Negativity Bias So, what happens when we surround ourselves with media and feedback that is overwhelmingly negative? We get things like the occupational burnout that is seemingly so prevalent in our industry (i.e....…

Top 10 Developer Posts of 2016

I read a lot! Part of this is the nature of my job as, essentially, the Editor in Chief of the Telerik Developer Network and even as co-editor of Mobile Web Weekly. But I also love to read and read a lot of technical articles for developers as part of my daily routine. …

Working the Writing Muscle

Writing is tough. Even for someone who has enjoyed writing his whole life (like me), it can be difficult. Even worse, the less you do it the harder it gets. Just like an excercise routine, the best way to make it easier is just to keep doing it. Not using it, you risk losing it. …

More Advanced Jekyll/Liquid Template Techniques

Working on a recent project, I’ve come across several items that were either not well documented or slightly complex - though perhaps calling them “advanced” overstates the case. In this case, we’ll cover using multiple filters on a single value, using Liquid in Markdown, custom sorting posts and displaying posts by category. I’m sure there may be different (even better) solutions to what I describe here, but I share because these worked for me (and might for you too). …