Practical Steps to a More Diverse Meetup

I’ve just had a great series of meetings with some Birmingham based orgs and Meetups looking at ways they can make their membership more representative of the local technology community. The meetings were very different but shared some of the same items on the to-do lists I suggested. I’ve posted those points here. Frame and…Continue Reading…

Trans*Code

Having recently (and justifiably) been fussed at for ignoring my blog, I thought it was time to pop by and explain what’s been keeping me so busy. I’m delighted to announce that Naomi Ceder and I (alongside some exceptional sponsors and partners) will be running a one day workshop and hackday combo aimed at the…Continue Reading…

Tables in HTML

In past tutorials we’ve looked at ways to present text, images and create links in HTML. In this tutorial we’ll look at how to create a simple table to use in your web projects. What tables look like This is a table. It has two rows. It has two cells in each row. We’ll look…Continue Reading…

Easy, Lazy SEO

Last Saturday I joined some incredibly talented speakers, dedicated organizers and lovely WordPressers for WordCamp Manchester. The event was hosted at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, which is one of my favorite venues for medium sized conferences. I gave a talk on Easy, Lazy SEO. For attendes who wanted information on blocking the referral spammer…Continue Reading…

Ignite Liverpool

Last night I gave a short talk on imposter syndrome at Ignite Liverpool. They’ve got a really great group of volunteers, speakers and attendees and I can’t recommend enough that folks in the area make time for their quarterly events. I’ve included slides from my talk and a list of resources and recommended reading. Images…Continue Reading…

Ladies Who Code Birmingham

Monthly events aimed at programmers who identify as female are now being held in Birmingham. It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional developer or looking to learn to write your first line of code, Ladies Who Code Birmingham is open to all skill levels. We’ll be supplying cake and good company, we’re looking for some…Continue Reading…

Transitioning into a Technical Role

On April 29 Innovation Birmingham hosted their first Women in Tech event. I was honored to have been asked to present and look forward to a successful series of similar events to follow. I have included my slides from my talk on moving into a technical role from a non-technical background below. For anyone who…Continue Reading…

Interview with Semalt.com

Yesterday I posted about Semalt.com’s crawler and their unusual choice not to have their crawlers identify themselves as web crawlers or obey robots.txt, causing heartaches for analytics loving webmasters across the web. Semalt’s manager Alex Andrianov reached out through twitter and offered to answer some of my questions via email. The exchange is included in…Continue Reading…

What is Semalt.com?

If you’re keeping track of your website’s traffic through Google Analytics, you’ve probably noticed referral visits from a website called semalt.com in recent weeks. Semalt is a web crawler designed to gather data for Senmalt’s marketing platform. The visits showing up in your logs are automated programs interacting with your site. The difference between Semalt.com…Continue Reading…

Birmingham Open Code

From April the 8th there will be a weekly event for collaborative programming study sessions in Birmingham. We’ll be meeting in the Woodman Pub from 6 pm. Birmingham Open Code is designed to provide a peer supported, mixed level learning environment. Programmers and aspiring programmers working in any language are welcome. The weekly schedule is…Continue Reading…