Toby's Ramblings http://tosbourn.com The personal blog of Toby Osbourn Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:31:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Review: Raspberry Pi Camera Board http://tosbourn.com/review-raspberry-pi-camera-board/ http://tosbourn.com/review-raspberry-pi-camera-board/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:31:00 +0000 http://tosbourn.com/?p=2311 I wanted to write up a review of the Raspberry Pi Camera Board which I have been playing with for the last few weeks. Raspberry Pi Camera Board? Surely I mean like just a webcam right? Wrong! The Raspberry Pi comes with a slot (the CSI port) specifically to have something like a camera attached […]

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I wanted to write up a review of the Raspberry Pi Camera Board which I have been playing with for the last few weeks.

Raspberry Pi Camera Board?

Surely I mean like just a webcam right? Wrong! The Raspberry Pi comes with a slot (the CSI port) specifically to have something like a camera attached to it.

This means a couple of things;

  • No need to waste a precious USB slot on a camera. By default my model of the Pi only has 2 USB ports, permanently having a camera in one would be a big inconvenience.
  • No need to worry about 3rd party drivers. Hardware support for cameras that connect this was is built into the Pi. To start using the camera you just need to connect it and enable it from your Pi settings page.

If you are still confused maybe a picture will help :-)

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What I got with my Camera

I got the camera module from Element14/Newark. The camera comes as one unit, so as you can see in the picture above you get the camera, mounted to a small board and attached to it is a ribbon which you then attach to the CSI board.

Installation Process

The Installation Process was very straight forward, I followed the official guide and was up and running in minutes.

My thoughts on the Raspberry Pi Camera Board

For the price (about £20) the camera is a great spec,  and installation was a breeze. The fact there are native Rasbian applications that talk directly to the camera is a huge plus and if you like coding in Python there are well documented libraries for that also.

I would happily recommend this camera to folk who own a Pi who either want  a new project to play with or have a specific use case in mind.

Uses for the Camera

One of the things I ended up doing with the camera is creating a small app that tried to detect faces and output that fact onto a small screen. If you like I can share the code with you in another post.

 

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Mid-2011 27″ i5 iMac for Sale in Belfast http://tosbourn.com/mid-2011-27-i5-imac-sale-belfast/ http://tosbourn.com/mid-2011-27-i5-imac-sale-belfast/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:15:15 +0000 http://tosbourn.com/?p=2302 I am selling my 27″ iMac and I would like you to buy it! Here are the specs (with supporting screenshots at the bottom) Processor: 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 RAM: 16 GB DDR3 SSD: 128GB There are no peripherals or box with this, you will get 100% iMacy goodness and nothing else. Ideally I […]

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I am selling my 27″ iMac and I would like you to buy it!

Here are the specs (with supporting screenshots at the bottom)

Processor: 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5
RAM: 16 GB DDR3
SSD: 128GB

There are no peripherals or box with this, you will get 100% iMacy goodness and nothing else.

Ideally I am looking for about £800 for it, but if you have an offer please get in touch :-)

Pickup in Belfast City Centre or I can drop it off to anywhere in the greater Belfast area.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tosbourn
Email: toby.osbourn@gmail.com

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Running VimR From the Command Line http://tosbourn.com/running-vimr-command-line/ http://tosbourn.com/running-vimr-command-line/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:03:13 +0000 http://tosbourn.com/?p=2298 If you want to open VimR from the command line here is what you need to do; Create a bash script in /usr/local/bin/ called vimr In that file write the following; #!/bin/bash open -a VimR.app "$@" Make the script writeable by calling chmod u+x vimr. Now you can call vimr filename to open a specific […]

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If you want to open VimR from the command line here is what you need to do;

Create a bash script in /usr/local/bin/ called vimr

In that file write the following;

#!/bin/bash

open -a VimR.app "$@"

Make the script writeable by calling chmod u+x vimr.

Now you can call vimr filename to open a specific file or folder, or if you call vimr . it will open the current working directory in VimR.

Notes

  • Thanks so much dnerdy for posting this script in a GitHub Issue I created.
  • You don’t need to have this in /usr/local/bin/ it can be anywhere that can be seen in your path.
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VimR – A first look http://tosbourn.com/vimr-first-look/ http://tosbourn.com/vimr-first-look/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:07:19 +0000 http://tosbourn.com/?p=2289 Recently I noticed a post on Hacker News about something called VimR, the full title was VimR – Refined Vim Experience for OS X. As someone who a) uses Vim, b) runs OS X and c) enjoys refined experiences this had my attention. Note – The version I am using is v0.1.5, the creator has […]

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vimr-iconRecently I noticed a post on Hacker News about something called VimR, the full title was VimR – Refined Vim Experience for OS X.

As someone who a) uses Vim, b) runs OS X and c) enjoys refined experiences this had my attention.

Note – The version I am using is v0.1.5, the creator has stated in several places that this is still very much a work in progress

What is VimR

So what is VimR (apart from a refined Vim Experience for OS X!)?

The quick answer is that it is a more visual Vim environment, not dissimilar to MacVim.

The slightly longer answer, if I follow what people have been saying correctly is that this an implementation of the MacVimFramework. MacVimFramework is a fork of MacVim which has been tweaked so that it can be used inside other projects.

To quote the creator of VimR, Tae Won Ha;

So, to summarize: the rationale behind VimR is to build an editor which offers the full Vim experience, even if I don’t use all features of Vim, but has other convenience features—found in many other editors and in Vim scripts—in a graphical form, improving the whole editing experience.
Tae Won Ha

How do you Install VimR

If you have installed any Mac apps before from a website this won’t be new to you but if you haven’t the process is very simple;

  • Visit the official website of VimR
  • Click the Download link, this will download a compressed file
  • I have my machine set up to auto extract compressed files once downloaded, if you don’t you will need to extract the file.
  • Drag or move the extracted file ‘VimR.app’ into your Applications folder

First Impressions of VimR

The very first time I opened up VimR my immediate first impression was “Yes! They use Solarised” which is the colour scheme that I use in my normal vimmings! Of course then I realised that this isn’t another copy of Vim, this *is* Vim, so it is reading my vimrc – which means no settings to change :-)

The sidebar file browser defaults to your home directory, which makes sense, I looked to see if I can configure this and at the moment you don’t seem to be able to.

Opening Screen VimR
Opening Screen VimR

The first thing I wanted to do is open a project I have been working on to get a feel for how it acts on a project. To do this I pressed CMD+O.

Everything looks good. It noticed I was using Python and has applied syntax highlighting correctly, I can also see just the two files that are in this project (see the following image)

Project view of VimR
Project view of VimR

This is maybe a silly project to test with, but by pressing CMD+Shift+O I was able to get into Quick Open which allows me to start typing filenames in a fuzzy way and when I tested it on a large rails project it works great.

Things I hope come soon to VimR

I don’t know if Tae Won Ha will ever read this, but if he does, first of all hi and thank you! and secondly, here are some things I would love to see implemented at some stage;

  • Being able to open the app from the command line – I tried a few different methods but couldn’t get my current path passed in correctly. (I have reported this)
  • Being able to make the app full screen – This is fairly common functionality across most OS X apps at this point. (Covered by this issue)
  • A documented or easy way to add plugins – Right now prior knowledge of Vim is assumed.
  • A way to set a default opening directory – Right now we need to open it and immediately open a new project.

The VimR Codebase

If you know Objective-C (I don’t) then you may want to have a look around the codebase.

I have pulled it down and opened it in X Code, like I say I don’t speak Objective-C but it seemed intuitive enough to work around, it is interesting to see how it hangs together.

VimR Sounds Stupid, why not use MacVim or Vim?

A commenter on the original Hacker News article I linked to said it better than I could;

I love the negativity in many of the responses here. Obviously people like native apps. Macvim is a thing. Emacs has a gui version for os x. Sublime is a thing. This is a polished port of macvim that has a file drawer, which is a feature that many people want baked into macvim. Browsing complex file hierarchies and large projects isn’t great inside a terminal, and is a giant hurdle for many new users of vim.

If this isn’t for you then fine but don’t rush here to proudly proclaim how you don’t understand the point of this. I don’t know why anyone submits their pet projects here.
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Playing with VimR

Sure there are some things that are what I would consider to be missing, but I think I will continue playing with VimR with a view to it replacing terminal Vim as my main editor.

The fact that it is still Vim at its core means that should I need to jump back to Vim in the terminal there will be no muscle memory lost.

Some VimR Resources

Just in case you want to know more, here is a list of the resources I have used for this write up :-)

 

 

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Turning off the PiFace Control and Display http://tosbourn.com/turning-piface-control-display/ http://tosbourn.com/turning-piface-control-display/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:42:37 +0000 http://tosbourn.com/?p=2285 I have been playing with the PiFace Control and Display and have been absolutely loving it. I will be posting up plenty more about it in the coming weeks. I have noticed when I am using the Python library PiFaceCAD and do something daft that makes the program exit incorrectly the LCD screen doesn’t clean up […]

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I have been playing with the PiFace Control and Display and have been absolutely loving it. I will be posting up plenty more about it in the coming weeks.

2014-08-11 16.33.57I have noticed when I am using the Python library PiFaceCAD and do something daft that makes the program exit incorrectly the LCD screen doesn’t clean up after itself.

It feels like this would be a drain on battery and just knacker the hardware a bit quicker so I have written a quick Python script that will turn the LCD screen off. You can run this if ever you notice your screen on when it shouldn’t be.

 

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I fucked up http://tosbourn.com/fucked/ http://tosbourn.com/fucked/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:43:02 +0000 http://tosbourn.com/?p=2278 I fucked up. Recently I wrote a book about how to make money online and self published it, I did it for all the wrong reasons and I rushed it because of those wrong reasons. As a result I have put something out there that is of poor quality and a terrible reflection of what […]

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I fucked up.

Recently I wrote a book about how to make money online and self published it, I did it for all the wrong reasons and I rushed it because of those wrong reasons.

As a result I have put something out there that is of poor quality and a terrible reflection of what I am capable of.

I have let down anyone who bought it, anyone that shared the news it was out and basically anyone involved.

If you have bought the book in the next 24 hours you will be getting a refund from PayPal, I am very sorry.

I will also be pulling the book from this site and from Amazon.

I won’t be making the same mistake again, I promise.

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Tools I Use When Blogging http://tosbourn.com/tools-use-blogging/ http://tosbourn.com/tools-use-blogging/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 18:50:08 +0000 http://tosbourn.com/?p=2238 There are a handful of tools that I use regularly when I blog, some of them are massively well known, some of them maybe not so much. I wanted to write about them here for two reasons. The first is to help people who are maybe looking at tooling for their blogs. The second is […]

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There are a handful of tools that I use regularly when I blog, some of them are massively well known, some of them maybe not so much. I wanted to write about them here for two reasons.

The first is to help people who are maybe looking at tooling for their blogs.

The second is to get feedback from people who know much more than me to see where my tooling can be improved.

There are three main stages to most of my blog posts, these seem like sensible ways to break up the tools.

Research

The research I do varies depending on the post, but the tooling remains consistent.

Evernote

Evernoteevernote is a tool that allows you to collect notes in various ways and tag them up for offline consumption. I am completely underselling it by saying that and don’t use nearly half the power of it. It is pretty great, you should check it out.

I try and capture as much stuff in Evernote as possible even when not actively researching a topic. There are plugins for clipping websites into Evernote and mobile apps for grabbing content when I am away from my laptop. It even lets you take photos of documents and it will OCR them for you.

What I normally do during research is come up with a unique tag for the piece, for example I was interviewing someone recently and wanted to research all their previous interviews, I created a new tag called #theirName

I was then able to scour the internet and collect all this information into my Evernote, this then syncs with my devices and gets stored locally so I don’t need to worry about having internet access when I come to do the reading part of my research.

I also use Evernote for storing and saving notes, normally just random paragraphs or questions I am asking myself. So long as I am disciplined about how I use my tags nothing gets lost.

HitTail

HitTailHit Tail is a service that recommends keywords for you to focus on when writing content. It only recommends keywords that it feels you have a fairly good chance of ranking well for.

HitTail uses the longtail SEO approach in that the amount of traffic searching for your content won’t be as much as for more generic terms, but it is high quality traffic looking for something specific.

I honestly can’t recommend this service enough, I have blogged about HitTail before and probably will again.

On my personal blog (where you are reading this) I am normally never stuck for ideas and normally don’t care if my articles rank well for SEO. On sites were I do care about ranking or if I am just stuck for something to write about I will consult HitTail.

Each week you get new suggestions emailed to you but I tend to just go into the site and start looking at what suggestions they have for me.

If a suggestion seems sensible and works I have my topic and I can start thinking about writing or researching more.

If the suggestion doesn’t make sense as a sentence I will use it to research more phrases I could potentially use.

Google Analytics

analyticsgoogle_analytics_oficialanalyticsGoogle Analytics is a web traffic analytics tool, it lets you know about the types of people coming to your site and what they do once they get there.

It is really useful for several reasons but specifically for blogging, I use it to see what posts have historically done well for two criteria;

  1. Did the topic bring lots of traffic and attention to the site?
  2. Did the topic convert well against the site’s goals

If I spot a few topics that have been doing particularly well I can use this to research other topics which could compliment or build on them.

If you haven’t used Google Analytics before it can appear a bit daunting, it is well worth learning if you want to take metrics seriously.

Google Webmaster Tools

Google-Webmaster-Tools-logoGoogle Webmaster Tools are a set of pages that Google has made to allow you to better understand how Google views your site.

Much like Google Analytics the use goes way beyond what I am about to describe but I use this tool to find what people have been searching for to find my website.

You might ask why I don’t do this within Google Analytics, you certainly can but unfortunately with Google Analytics you get a massive amount of keywords coming back as (not provided). This is not the case with Webmaster Tools and you can also easily see where you rank for that given search term. Really useful stuff when trying to work out what to write.

Google Keyword Planner

Google-Adwords-keyword-plannerGoogle Keyword Planner is really meant to help you plan out your keywords for Google AdWords (the advertising platform) but without spending any money you can unlock this powerful tool that lets you enter keywords and get suggestions as to what else people search for.

Earlier I mentioned that sometimes HitTail can suggest a phrase that might be excellent for longtail traffic but just doesn’t make sense as English. Using this tool you can see the search volumes associated with similar phrases.

Really good for planning out what you should write about.

Writing

Once I finish my research it is onto the writing and editing stage.

I almost always try and write offline these days, it keeps distractions down to a complete minimum.

Writer Pro

Writer Prologo is a markdown writing application for OSx. It has features that let you focus in on sentences and highlight certain types of words (just adjectives, for example).

One of the big draws for me are the various writing modes, each that have subtle ways of making you focus on the task at hand, which might be note taking, writing, editing, or proof reading your work.

I write almost all of my posts now in Writer Pro and would highly recommend you at least go onto their website and check out the videos of it in action.

MacBook Pro

AppleLogoThe MacBook Pro is one of the high end laptop computers created by Apple.

The MacBook Pro is my workhorse, it is where I do my coding and my writing.

You might wonder why I bother to mention that here. Having a good machine to write on can make all the difference.

Naturally you don’t need the majority of the spec that my MacBook Pro has but a lot of thought has went into how comfortable it is to use.

Another major selling point is that applications like the aforementioned Writer Pro are OSx exclusive, which is the operating system you run with Apple products.

One thing I have experimented with recently is using the inbuilt screen reader to read my posts aloud to me, this can really help find daft wording.

If your machine isn’t a joy to use you will probably find reasons not to use it.

WordPress

wordpress-logo-stacked-rgbWordPress is both a blogging platform and blogging software you can host yourself. It has pretty much become the industry standard at this point and whilst there are plenty of other options I personally keep on coming back to WordPress.

I am sure there are plenty of developers who will scoff at me not using something like Octopress and hosting my blog using GitHub pages. There will also be plenty of designers who will wonder why I don’t use something like SquareSpace instead, but I like WordPress.

It does everything I need and 90% of the things I have ever needed to be done have plugins for them. The other 10% require me to code up something but fortunately WordPress is well documented and easy to code for.

When I am writing or posting a blog I don’t want to be thinking about anything else other than the content and I feel with WordPress that is what you get.

Big Wet Fish

bigwetfishBig Wet Fish are the hosting company I use for my websites.

You might wonder why I have included them in a post about tooling, they certainly aren’t something I use when blogging per say.

Like I mentioned when talking about WordPress, I don’t want to think about anything else other than the content when I write. Having a rock solid hosting solution means I don’t have to.

This is important for later in my process as well when I promote and share content, I want to make sure that my site can cope with any sudden spikes in traffic or usage.

WordPress SEO Plugin

wpseo-wideThe WordPress SEO Plugin is a plugin for WordPress that recommends changes to your post that might help with various ranking factors that Google is likely to use.

I don’t use this all the time, like I say some of the time I don’t really care if something ranks or not, but when I do I will use this tool.

You enter in the term you want to hopefully rank for and the WordPress SEO Tool will give you a rating and a list of suggestions for improving that rating.

The tool also does lots of stuff in the background which helps with SEO as well, for example making sure sitemaps are updated and things like that.

Amazon

Amazon-logoAmazon are a massive online company that specialise in selling products and delivering them to you. I am pretty sure you have heard of them!

You might have looked the other way when I talked about my computer and my hosting company, but what can Amazon have to do with blogging?

Well, I like to get paid for what I write.

Sometimes I get paid directly by someone and that is lovely.

Other times I get paid by virtue of the fact my posts drive business on whatever site I am running and writing the post for.

When the content I am writing is a personal review of something I like I may as well try and get something for it, so if I mention a product in a blog post I will almost always look for it on Amazon and add my affiliate code.

Amazon makes this incredibly easy. Once you are signed up to their Affiliate Programme you see a bar on every page which lets you copy a link to that page including your affiliate code.

I will never be able to retire off the money but it helps pay for the hosting bills!

Publishing

Once I have written my post, edited it and put it up onto WordPress it is time to Publish. In literal terms I just hit the Publish button and the content is there for everyone to see, but that isn’t when my workflow ends.

The process and tooling for this changes somewhat depending on the type of thing I have written and who it was for.

Google Drive

google-drive-logoGoogle Drive is a cloud based Microsoft Office replacement, it lets you create text documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more. It is completely free and collaborating with people on it is incredibly simple.

I use Google Drive to make a note in a spreadsheet when something is posted, this is so that if I want to share a load of links at a later date I can easily do that.

I find this easier than going into WordPress and trying to see what was published at different times.

Buffer

buffer-logoBuffer is a tool for scheduling social media updates, you can easily select a page and share it amongst many different social networks and social network accounts. There are also some amazing social analytics you can get about the content you shared.  Disclaimer I used to work for them.

I use Buffer to queue up my posts to be shared at a later date. A lot of the time I finish editing something late at night and it wouldn’t be an ideal time for me to share it.

Buffer allows me to share when it is best for my followers, not for me.

Reddit / HackerNews

imagesReddit and HackerNews are link aggregation websites, people share links they think the communities would find interesting and people can vote on them.

Voted up links get more visibility, voted down links tend to get hidden and forgotten about pretty quickly.

Depending on the content I will share on one or both of these sites because I find it is an excellent way to get an initial burst of traffic and get immediate feedback from folk.

Very few people on my social media networks are going to tell me my point of view sucks or my writing is terrible. People on the internet at large however will go out of their way to tell you something sucks.

This type of criticism (when constructive) is hugely useful and can inform edits or additional posts that you make.

Wrapping Up

If this has helped you I am very glad, please consider sharing this post with others as it might help them also!

If you have different ideas for what works and what doesn’t, please let me know in the comments. Better yet, post your own list and share the link with me :-)

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Derek Johnson talking about Modern Web Design http://tosbourn.com/derek-johnson-talking-modern-web-design/ http://tosbourn.com/derek-johnson-talking-modern-web-design/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 10:52:24 +0000 http://tosbourn.com/?p=2231 This morning I was lucky enough to attend a tea and bacon bap morning put on by The Tomorrow Lab with a talk by Derek Johnson. Long time readers might remember I interviewed Derek a while back. I have been a friend and a fan of Derek’s for some time so I was very excited to […]

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This morning I was lucky enough to attend a tea and bacon bap morning put on by The Tomorrow Lab with a talk by Derek Johnson.

Long time readers might remember I interviewed Derek a while back. I have been a friend and a fan of Derek’s for some time so I was very excited to hear him speak.

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Derek’s talk was on Modern Web Design, a topic he has a lot of passion for. The talk was a repurposed version of an article he had written on the same subject, a great article that is worth a read.

One of the early points Derek made was that designing a website based on pictures created in photoshop is a hangover from when print designers became web designers, he then said how web design is more like product design. I couldn’t agree more and thought this was very apt given how this talk took place in the Titanic Quarter.

A Gutsy Talk

Derek wasn’t  just preaching to the converted, the room wasn’t filled with web developers and designers who want to embrace this stuff. It was filled with clients, people The Tomorrow Lab work with. People who maybe like seeing PSDs.

This is important because it is easier to stand in front of people who are going to agree with you than it is to stand up in front of people who might have a different view and try and win them around.

Some Twitter Notes

Here are some of the notes myself and others took via Twitter during the talk;

Thanks to The Tomorrow Lab for setting up the event and thanks to Derek for a great talk!

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How many people should be on my email list before I send the first email? http://tosbourn.com/how-many-people-should-be-on-my-email-list-before-i-send-the-first-email/ http://tosbourn.com/how-many-people-should-be-on-my-email-list-before-i-send-the-first-email/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 20:15:05 +0000 http://tosbourn.com/?p=2227 I don’t know the best place for asking these types of questions, which I guess means this is my first question – where is the best place to ask questions about email marketing? Because of that I figured I would write this post and share it around some places! I have just started a mailing […]

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I don’t know the best place for asking these types of questions, which I guess means this is my first question – where is the best place to ask questions about email marketing?

Because of that I figured I would write this post and share it around some places!

I have just started a mailing list for my football tipster website, it is growing slowly but steadily. The content I am going to send will contain information not found on the blog and offers not available anywhere else. It will not be sent at regular intervals but just when the content is ready and great.

My question is how many people should be on the list before I send the first email? 50? 100? 1000? I don’t want to keep people waiting too long for the first email but I don’t want to create this exclusive content and send it out to too small an audience.

Any guidance would be appreciated!

Update

As well as passing this around my social networks and Reddit/Hacker News I sent an email to Startups for the Rest of Us asking their advice.

If at all possible, I would recommend setting up your email list such that things that you post are considered “evergreen”. As in that it doesn’t matter whether someone reads it today or a few years from now, it should still be relevant and generally applicable. Avoid referencing time or recent dates such that it gives clues as to when it was written.

If you do this, then you can schedule your emails to be sent out X days after someone subscribes. That way, it doesn’t matter when they subscribe, they will get a steady stream of emails from you.

If this isn’t possible, then it’s a little different. You have to do a balancing act between growing your subscriber base and creating new emails to send out. Time spent doing one is time not spent doing the other. Also, there’s the matter of a ROI on the content you’re sending out to small numbers of people. If it truly can’t be reused, then you should probably wait until there’s enough people on the list to make some sort of impact. Ideally, you want to get a steady stream of people joining the list without you being too active in pursuing those people.

Existing marketing efforts for scaling your list should create sort of a flywheel effect. It won’t be permanent, but once you get some of the basics down, you should be able to get people onto that list on a regular basis without a lot of extra effort.

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Review: HTML5 Game Development Hotshot http://tosbourn.com/review-html5-game-development-hotshot/ http://tosbourn.com/review-html5-game-development-hotshot/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:07:30 +0000 http://tosbourn.com/?p=2223 HTML5 game development isn’t something that I have never spent any time doing, but I love the idea of using web technologies to do more than just create webpages so I was keen to get reading HTML5 Game Development Hotshot by Makzan. The book, rich in code samples is a good read, it follows Packt’s […]

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hotshotHTML5 game development isn’t something that I have never spent any time doing, but I love the idea of using web technologies to do more than just create webpages so I was keen to get reading HTML5 Game Development Hotshot by Makzan.

The book, rich in code samples is a good read, it follows Packt’s normal style of writing hotshot books which is to treat each chapter as a mission in which you have a prep stage, a functional stage and a explanation stage.

You can see all the games that the book describes how to make here.

I followed through most of the examples and found them easy to follow and I felt the projects were fun enough to keep things interesting and progressed in such a way so as not to be intimidating.

If you want to learn more about HTML5 game development I recommend this book.

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