Phew. It’s been quite a while since I updated this blog, so it’s about time I got back to it.
But I’ve had a busy time of it lately. I have excuses!
The biggest change is having to leave Kasterborous, where I’d worked for nearly five years, largely in an editorial role. Circumstances behind-the-scenes changed with Christian, Kasterborous’ founder, having left, and I wasn’t happy there anymore. A shed-load of invasive ads, completely out of my control, began to fill the site, most of which simply weren’t appropriate to the family audience. Further troubles led to my resignation.
Fortunately, that’s not the end of it. The wonderful Andy Reynolds, who had been writing for Kasterborous longer than I had (and took up editorial duties with me), joined me in co-founding a new Doctor Who site, and we brought the majority of Kasterborous writers with us. This includes Christian, and Mez Burdett, who’s namely in charge of reviews and was one of the first news contributors on Kasterborous.
The new site? The Doctor Who Companion. Or the DWC for short. Please do visit and leave us some feedback. It’d be very much appreciated.
We’re very pleased with its reception, and really happy that Kasterborous’ audience seems to have transferred over to the DWC with us. There are wrinkles to iron out, but on the whole, it seems successful. Onwards and upwards.
Elsewhere, I’m still writing for MakeUseOf. I’ve got over 100 articles published there, more than two years’ experience, so I seemed to have settled into that regular routine pretty well.
There, I write about all things technology. But I’m a dedicated author for the Security and Gaming sections, meaning that, although I write for other sections, the main focus is on those particular two. That’s a relatively new development, so I’m still trying to juggle the Security and Gaming quotas with contributing to, say, Entertainment, Creative, and the Internet sections. Still, I’m adjusting alright.
Are there any particular recent articles I’m proud of? Hmm. There are a few I’d say show my work off best:
- Tomorrow’s Surveillance: Four Technologies The NSA Will Use to Spy on You – Soon: Lots of research went into this one, and there’s plenty of fascinating – if ominous – ways the Intelligence Services can spy on us in the future.
- 12 Tips to Successfully Selling Your Comic Book Collection: Extensive list for anyone looking to part ways with their comics. Includes plenty of photos of my own collection – which no, isn’t for sale.
- Upscaling: How Does It Work and Is It Worth It?: I don’t often write for the Tech Explained section, but I’m very happy with how this one turned out.
- Does the Database of the Dead Put Your Life & Health in Context?: An unusual topic, in which I interview a doctor and a few MUO peers. Bit grim, I grant you, but that’s not always a bad thing!
- How Doctor Who Has Charted Our Fear of New Technology: Well, it had to be done, right?
- How to Take Care of Your Retro Consoles, Games & Controllers: Another quite extensive article for anyone looking to eke out as much life as possible for their old games.
- How Do Scammers Spoof Your Email Address?: I’ve long wondered about this, and hopefully lots of other folk have too! This should address your questions.
- 4 Reasons to Stop Buying Digital Comics: I feel very passionate about this, and I really loved interviewing comic writer, Nick Abadzis, and artist, Russ Leach.
- What Is The Most Secure Mobile Operating System?: Probably the longest article I’ve written for MUO in quite some time, and one I’m very proud of. It even made it as a featured article on the MUO homepage.
Thanks for sticking with me, everyone! I’ll try to update the blog as often as possible again, but for now, please do check out the DWC – your support is what will keep us going!