Hi, I'm Colin... 👋

Greetings from the UK. It's nice to meet you!

I am a husband, father, nerd, and mental health survivor.

I've been writing in one form or another since I was a kid. Poems, short stories, magazine articles, an abandoned sci-fi novel. Anything.

I've just always loved writing.

I started blogging properly back in 2003. I had a few sites before then but nothing that could really be called a proper blog.

I write about a number of topics including writing/blogging itself, coding, mental health, occasionally social media and tech, often with a philosophical or psychological slant. I tend to steer clear of religion and politics.

Why not check out my free ebook It's Only Words – lessons learnt from a year of writing. This is a very personal take on what it means to write and how that can affect us.

My public code and projects are on GitHub

If you like the blog, use my code or find anything useful then why not buy me a coffee from just £1. You can also subscribe to the "One a month" option as proposed by Manuel Moreale — a more sustainable way to support people on the web.

I'm a firm believer in the open web, in owning and controlling your online identity and content. This means I make a deliberate effort to host as much as possible on my own site. I stopped using Twitter in December 2016 opting instead to write micro-posts here — sometimes, but not currently syndicated, to Micro.blog and Bluesky.

I like the idea of mixing short and long-form posts as not everything needs an essay. Or a title.

I moved (as of Jan 2021) from using WordPress to my own custom blogging engine. I had already written a bespoke layer on top of WordPress that completely changed how it worked but took that one step further by making it a standalone system.

I'm not a dev, just a blogger who tinkers.

I learn by doing.

Check out the /hello page to find out how to contact me.

Thanks for stopping by.