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David Tebbutt
Ickenham, Greater London
David is a writer, editor and trainer. He's closed this blog.
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Finally, I'm closing this blog. It will remain online but may be unrecognisable from a design perspective. Typepad will apply a different theme and block some functionality. The 'Stuff for Guy' blog will disappear altogether. You can still reach me... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at Teblog
Blogs and other online writing platforms allow people to write as much or as little as they want. However, it shouldn't be about what 'they' want but about what the reader wants. A well-known blogger recently wrote a very long... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at Teblog
Common sense (and Google) suggests our web pages should be accessible on all devices, from smartphones upwards. As the proprietor of a desktop-centric website, I decided to look for the quickest way to become 'multi-platform'. After many false starts -... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at Teblog
Just woke from a nightmare. I'd submitted a piece to the Guardian and, when it appeared, it contained all sorts of stuff I hadn't written. I was used to sub-editors gently straightening my prose, but this was wholesale wrecking of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at Teblog
Hi Folks, I'm very seriously thinking of closing this blog. This one started in 2005, following some experimentation in late 2004 after hearing Adriana Lukas speak on the subject at a conference. As a writer for Information World Review at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at Teblog
No-one needs to tell you that the reader is the most important person in the world to a publication. Conventionally, the journalist is responsible for maintaining this focus. Sadly, a great deal of journalism these days, especially online, is 'churnalism'... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Teblog
I'm a lucky person. Not only have I enjoyed almost all of my work, I've also had wonderful things drop into my lap out of the blue. It happened in January this year. The circumstances were tragic. But the outcome... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Teblog
A slightly belated Happy New Year to you all. It occured to me that you might be interested in a lot of links that I've either created or found useful in my writing and training activities. I (loosely) maintain a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at Teblog
A final thank you (not really belated, I found them after the previous post) to A flaw in my HTML mark-up was causing some screen elements to misalign on a few devices. Nothing really serious, it was just that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Teblog
Once upon a time (1966 was the first time), I'd learn a programming language and then apply this knowledge to whatever problems were chucked my way. As I've got older, I decide what I want, then go online for help... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Teblog
How to successfully exert your influence in order to attract prospects Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Teblog
Yes, it's true. I've been known to say rude things about marketing people. Analogue marketing people and, frankly, I can do a good job of justifying these comments. But, as I discovered recently, there's a new breed of digital marketer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Teblog
Last week, someone very special to me died. I could have sworn I posted here about his passing, but the week was a bit of a blur and I clearly hadn't. Last year's post about him (Poetry in Motion) will... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Teblog
Luis Suarez spent many years at IBM in knowledge management and social business. Earlier this year, he branched out on his own. He's a popular speaker at conferences and advisor to many about the practicalities of social business. One of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at Teblog
I've been training mainly IT companies for over 25 years, mostly in partnership with Martin Banks. I thought it might be interesting to find out where all these companies are now, After a lot of digging, I found out that... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2014 at Teblog
Call me mad, but I've been learning the Python programming language.I needed a quick way to modernise masses of old HTML documents. In the end, I decided it was quicker to use TextPad's powerful facilities to do that job, rather... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Teblog
Phew! That was hard work. I've tarted up the HTML of 263 of my columns and features written in the pre-web days (1979 to 1995). They should all be readable in any browser on any device. The archive is searchable,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at Teblog
I've lost count of how many years I've been dipping my toe into the collaboration waters. Certainly, it goes back at least to Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) thirty years ago. By 1988 this was formalised into a time/space grid,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2014 at Teblog
All the above are free.They help you get started with handling the media or with business writing. I created them because organisations need to influence their prospects, customers and other stakeholders either indirectly through the media or directly through their... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at Teblog
My last blog post prompted Euan Semple to post two more of his own. These grabbed far more attention than mine and led to some interesting debate, much of it on Facebook where he's recently taken to repeating his blog... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Teblog
Hi Stuart. Thank you for your comments. I actually agree with all of them. I guess the bottom line is quality and value to those to whom it's relevant.
Toggle Commented Nov 13, 2013 on Why I (don't) blog at Teblog
Hey folks, I really appreciate your responses. All of them. I'm beginning to feel I'm in a therapy session with multiple therapists. And that's astonishingly good. And thought-provoking. Thank you.
Toggle Commented Nov 13, 2013 on Why I (don't) blog at Teblog
Thank you David. I didn't mention the 'treadmill' effect of becoming obsessed with blogging. But I guess that's covered under 'noise'. What's interesting already is that two entrepreneurs have politely suggested I'm mad while one journalist thinks I'm not. I'm keeping an open mind for now.
Toggle Commented Nov 13, 2013 on Why I (don't) blog at Teblog
Anyone who follows me will notice I don't blog much any more. The overriding feelings I have are a) I don't want to add to the noise and b) I don't want to use it as a sales platform. This... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2013 at Teblog
The title of this post comes from a Johnny Tillotson song (mp3). The reason I chose it is because someone I know is in the middle of a poetry tour. The person in question is Felix Dennis; a man whose... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2013 at Teblog