Blogging and Tech

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Retiree on the changed role of women in technology

For Ada Lovelace Day, Shirley Williams, an Emeritus Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of Reading, discusses how the role of women in technology...
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Goodbye to an anonymous blogger

It's time to close down the blog. I've fallen out of love with blogging. It was wonderful at first; a huge help to me through the...
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#NaBloPoMo month and writing for fun

As you may have begun to suspect, I have committed myself to participate in the annual marathon that is National Blog Posting Month, or #NaBloPoMo...
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Another expert blogger ditches the social media numbers

For a while I've been on the peripheral of social media, just observing. Social media is a HUGE part of being a blogger. You...
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Ministers forced to abandon plans to snoop through our internet history

Highly controversial plans to allow the police and security services full access to everyone’s internet browsing history have been abandoned by ministers. Amid fears in...
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Have you optimised your blog properly?

I’ve been busy again on my Beginner Bloggers blog, creating a series of posts about the Settings area. This is somewhere that all bloggers really ought to...
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Six manly alternatives to Pinterest

With 80% of females dominating Pinterest, it can be hard to find a manly presence or niche on the site. It was therefore inevitable perhaps that...
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Web design mistakes that scream ‘amateur’

Building your own website can seem like a good idea for money-strapped entrepreneurs. You can just get a designer on board later on, when your...
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Goodbye blogging, hello plogging?

We love short. Concise 140-character limits. GIFs. Texts. Snaps. Vines. Photos. Summaries. Notifications. Emoji. Slang. Yo. But some of Silicon Valley’s biggest, smartest tech companies and...
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On starting a blog at 40

Introducing Samantha, another 40-something blogger. Lab rat by day, step mum and blogger the rest of the time. Samantha's honest and no-nonsense account of...
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The danger of not keeping up with kids’ technology

The other day my 12 year old came home from school and told me one of his friends had got ‘Facebook’ for his 13th...
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Facebook ‘Dislike’ button coming soon

After years of speculation and member requests, Facebook is finally working on a Dislike button, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said. But it's probably not...

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Recipe for a #writing prompt

This week we'd like you to write about a dish or recipe that is close to your heart. For instance, butter, sugar and flour being...
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Silly season #writing prompt… (be warned)

Who remembers that silly game we played as children where you had imaginary fights between things or people? My siblings, friends and I would...
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Write a letter you need to read

I was speaking to one of my young people this week about the foundations of their blog. They said: "I'm just writing the letters I...
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What do you know?

One of the joys (and pain) of being older is that we know stuff. From our first scraped knee to our devastated heart at...
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Hang-ups

We all have hang-ups. Mine is unfairness, the origins of which are lodged in my childhood. There was the time it was suspected a...
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How are you? No, really, how are you?

The Post-40 Bloggers' writing prompt this week asked a simple question - "How are you?" The question was stunningly answered by blogger Hilary Farrow. Ed Whenever you...