backlogged blog

Right. Hello!


I’m a bit behind with my blogging. I’ve got a load of unwritten blog posts in my head, but haven’t really had the time to extract them and get them down on paper. Screen. Keyboard. Whatever.

So, kind of as a reminder, here are some of the exciting things I’ll be talking about over the next couple of weeks. In no particular order…

  • Birthdays – turning 42
  • Books read in 2013 – progress thus far (3 and a bit)
  • Blogalongabondathon (not as kinky as it sounds, honest)
  • a new project about exploring Leeds
  • thoughts on my new Fitbit exercise tracker
  • the awesome that is le Tour de France starting in Leeds in 2014
  • decluttering the mind, the physical and the electronic
  • more Wakefield-related posts
  • the phrase ‘Twitterati’

[Edited to add]

  • goals for 2013
  • juggling

Phew. I feel better already. So, watch this space[1]

[1] well, not *this* space, obv. Keep an eye on the blog. Or follow me on twitter. Or sign up for emails! Go on, I don’t bite.[2]
[2] honest.

It’s my twitter birthday!

I noticed a tweet this morning from @TwBirthday

@dakegra Happy 5th TwBirthday! You’ve been around since 14 November 2007!

So, in five years I’ve posted nearly 22,000 tweets. That’s about 12 tweets a day, give or take.

Here’s a nifty breakdown of tweets by time of day, courtesy of xefer

Apparently I’m following 1,794 people (lawks!) and I’ve got 1,252 followers (crikey!).

Quite how many of them are really real isn’t entirely clear – the number fluctuates on a daily basis as spammers get caught and blocked or people get bored of my tweeting.

So. Five years, eh? Cor. Doesn’t feel like that long.

I often get asked what the point of Twitter is. People sign up, follow @stephenfry, get bored, and stop using it.

With Twitter, you really do get out what you put in. Following some interesting people, talk to them, interact.

Set up links to Flickr or Instagram. Take some photos & share them. Comment on other people’s stuff.

The more you give, the more you’ll get. I’ve made friends around the world & down the road via twitter, blogging, taking photos.

Go on, give it a go. It’s fun.

punctuation geekery

someone linked to this apostrophe test on twitter last night. I took issue with one of the questions

You have to select *one* option as the correct answer. Go for it.

Question 10:
a) The Roman’s bridges and roads were vital for moving the troops’ supplies.
b) The Romans’ bridges and roads were vital for moving the troops’ supplies.
c) The Romans’ bridges and roads were vital for moving the troop’s supplies.
d) The Romans bridge’s and road’s were vital for moving the troops supplies.

Which did you go for? Here’s my reasoning:

a) works, if you’re talking about one specific Roman, and if he built (or was responsible for building) the bridges and roads being used by the many troops.
b) works, if you have lots of Romans and lots of troops. This is the ‘correct’ answer.
c) also works (imho), if you’re talking about one *specific* troop.
d) is an offence against punctuation, and should never be spoken of in polite company.

thoughts, comments, rants welcomed.