Category: tech

Social Objects and how they help me to connect

In a recent offline conversation, I dropped a comment: That’s my common social object with so-and-so. Me in an informal conversation I realized how much this old blog post from the beginnings of blogging has influenced me. My observation: If I find a common social object, it helps me re-connect. If I find a common […]

Slides: SEO for small business websites

Here are my slides from my recent Women in Digital talk in Basel. I made them “resource-full” with lots of background links. The session was interactive from the start. Lots of questions throughout. Wow. I think the topic hit a nerve. Notes: SEO for small business websites How do you get found in an increasingly […]

Useful check list for your new WordPress site

I found this list of useful tips on launching a WordPress site: Don’t Launch a WordPress Site Before You Go Through This Checklist https://t.co/1jYcZV1yVH too late, already launched — Panchenga (@nchenga) March 27, 2016 Things to watch out for are: fast hosting search-engine optimized theme WordPress is working on a new codebase: The new WordPress.com […]

Reasons to blog

I saw this article today on the benefits of blogging: “So why should you blog?” https://t.co/sxbWSvtWPI — ✁___CollectThisTweet (@nchenga) November 1, 2015 Blogs refine your thoughts Blogs reward the creator Blogs amplify your humanity Blogs connect us to our tribes Blogs give introverts a voice Blogs reward the “new age” publishers Blogs embrace the experimenters Blogs […]

Referral traffic from social media has dropped

I saw this Bufferapp article on declining social media traffic. We’ve lost nearly half our social referral traffic in the last year I say. No wonder. Everybody is online, creating tonnes of content. Most people are too busy to read, let alone follow so many data streams. Many web pages don’t get any traffic at […]

Notes and photos from #UXcampch

Some notes and photos from Saturday’s UX camp in Zürich: Adrian Sameli took us thru the process of building infographics. His tip on tools to use: Excel and Adobe Illustrator. He tried one or two infographic tools but didn’t like them much. In the discussion we looked at d3js.org. Next, I attended a session on […]

Secure Email

I’ve signed up for Protonmail.ch: Security https://t.co/ashHNTGLfU at @ProtonMail — ✁___CollectThisTweet (@nchenga) January 25, 2015 And I noticed another company called Tutanota: next secure email app @Tutanota_de https://t.co/HVa7Foggis //cc @mllea — ✁___CollectThisTweet (@nchenga) January 29, 2015 I think this is a great development. Instead of trying to get people to use PGP… maybe this will […]

UX and Scrum

For future reference: UX Oxford: Roman Pichler on “UX and Scrum: How do UX and Scrum fit together?” from Oxford Computer Consultants on Vimeo. Via UX and Scrum. It’s good to see some discussion of this topic. It’s a challenging topic. Especially if you have a distributed team with team members in different geographic areas […]

HTML5 link re-surfaces

It’s fun when a fave re-surfaces an old tweet of yours about an HTML5 template. "HTML5 template" http://t.co/9PBAnooJUH — ✁___CollectThisTweet (@nchenga) July 27, 2013 HTML5 projects: I’m currently working on building a small website based on a template by HTML5 Up. Progress is somewhat slow. Before I tried Aerial. And Parallelism. HTML5Bones looks useful.

#POSSE: A clickable demo of my simple #indieweb blog

Here’s a simple example how you can publish your content on your own site and syndicate elsewhere (POSSE): I posted a boring flower snapshot into my self-hosted WordPress (WP) blog. WP posted the entry to Twitter using WP plugins Hum and Publicize One of my Twitter followers replied to my tweet. Using Webmention, the tweet […]

Content first

Last Saturday I attended UX camp Switzerland. A very good event to learn about user experience, human-centered design, usability testing, MVP and prototyping tools. Talks I listened to: Stefanie Klekamp presented lots of background info on the Think Aloud usability testing method. Which I found useful. She explained the theories behind the method and also […]

Responsive web design and low and expensive bandwidth

Some time ago, the Malawi daily newspaper, The Nation, released a new web design. More recently Nyasa Times updated their web design. In both cases, it’s an improvement. And from my current home base here in Switzerland, both sites load promptly. From family in Malawi I hear that the loading times for both sites have […]