Google needs to take its own medicine

As someone who looks after a few websites, some set-up within Google's webmaster / search tools maze, every now and again I receive an email alerting me to some issue or other with a site. The latest one was for this blog itself, highlighting two mobile-related issues:

  • Clickable elements too close together
  • Content wider than screen

Interesting. First, this site was developed from the ground-up to be responsive when I re-worked it some eight years ago. Second, why is Google suddenly highlighting these issues after all this time? “Surely the average viewport size is bigger than ever…” I thought to myself, but as it turns out it was a really old post that didn’t have “prettified” source code. Easily fixed.

But then comes the ultimate irony. Google include a link to unsubscribe from this sort of email guff, as one might expect. If you tap on it (on yer mobile device, natch), you see this:

Physician, heal thyself.

Is the blog coming back?

This couldn’t be more appropriate given that there were no posts at all on this site in 2018. Now that Facebook has shown its true colours, likewise content platforms such as Medium* and Tumblr, some people are predicting that personal websites and blogs may enjoy a little bit of a come-back. No bad thing at all! Here’s David Heinemeirer Hansson on his company’s move away from Medium:

Beyond that, though, we’ve grown ever more aware of the problems with centralizing the internet. Traditional blogs might have swung out of favor, as we all discovered the benefits of social media and aggregating platforms, but we think they’re about to swing back in style, as we all discover the real costs and problems brought by such centralization.

Signal v Noise exits Medium.

So is this blog coming back? Well, maybe. :-)

* - Aside from their ridiculous custom widgets, endless cookie warnings and nagging pop-ups, the last straw for many was when Medium announced they would no longer support custom domains. It's not all about you, dagnabbit!

What I use

Atom

I think I last posted about IDEs almost three years ago, so figuring it was time for an update, over at the Via blog we’ve opted to run the odd post about what tools we use in our day-to-day work.

I’m up first with a brief look at my web / text / JavaScript editor of choice, Atom.

About

I’m a software architect / developer / general IT wrangler specialising in web, mobile web and middleware using things like node.js, Java, C#, PHP, HTML5 and more.

Best described as a simpleton, but kindly. You can read more here.

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