12 years (a slave) in Norfolk

12 years since we packed our bags and left Crowle in North Lincolnshire and headed south and east for work in Norfolk. Considering I'm a veteran relocator, and despite attempts to leave the county, we remain anchored here. To be honest, now, I consider it to be home and despite some shitty times in schools

By |2020-07-25T11:32:46+00:00July 25th, 2020|Norwich|0 Comments

Are you optimising your website for search terms and volumes?

I'll come clean - Google "copywriter Great Yarmouth" and I'm number one on the search. The problem is no-one and I mean no-one is searching for that term. I know as I pay a hefty subscription for a tool to help businesses with SEO. So, before I pat my back at sitting loftily for copywriter

By |2020-07-11T14:53:40+00:00July 11th, 2020|Great Yarmouth, Norwich, SEO|0 Comments

Do you own page one of Google for your name?

Page one Google dreams We all dream of being at the top of page one of Google for lucrative search terms but it's not an easy task to achieve at all. Firstly, you've got to find the search volumes (if they're labelled as 10 per month, don't bother), work out whether competition is high, medium

Return of the Mac – even in Storm Ciara weather.

Impulsively, a few weeks ago, I decided to fill a void in my Apple virtual life with the purchase of a MacBook Pro 16. I didn’t enter Norwich with the intention of looking at one, let alone buying one, but a banner - damn you print marketing - caught my eye stating Interest Free Credit

By |2020-02-09T20:28:14+00:00February 9th, 2020|freelance writer, Norwich, web design|0 Comments

Pay monthly websites that suit your budget

Pay monthly websites are something I offer. Why? Because very few people can walk into a car dealership and pay for a new car outright. Same with houses. We pay for them over 25 years (16 in my case as 70 is the maximum mortgageable age). Ergo smartphones. We think "£70 a month for 2

By |2020-02-07T22:20:05+00:00February 7th, 2020|News, Norwich, web design|0 Comments

Which social media channel makes me the most gwop?

Street alert again - gwop - too much listening to D Block Europe, Stormzy and Aitch, when I should be tapping my feet to something more becoming of a 54 year old man, on the cusp of retirement. I’ve never ever acted my age though and doubt I ever will. Old man clothes and music

“Joker” – put on a happy face?

After two abortive attempts to watch "Joker" we got third time lucky today and managed to actually get tickets and see "Joker". It's a film set in the 80s with its issues firmly lodged in the here and now: societal breakdown and mental breakdown at its core. It's a beautiful, moving, dark elegiac journey into

By |2019-11-03T10:26:51+00:00October 24th, 2019|copywriter, News, Norwich|2 Comments

Son leaves for Cardiff and how we feel

Cardiff awaits this weekend with the loss of our son. I’ve always been a hands on dad, in the best possible way. Bringing up the two children in partnership with my wife. There’s no state of tiredness as overwhelming as being a new parent. I remember it well, even though it’s 18 years since James

By |2019-09-18T16:06:36+00:00September 18th, 2019|freelance writer, Norwich, web design|0 Comments

The new iPad Pro 12.9 – a web designer’s dream

I know I was fixated with Apple and tried, with counselling and support, to wean myself off this expensive habit, but it sucked me back in. That pesky iOS, suitable for a 3 year old or 93 year old, in its simplicity, made me return as an Apple sheep again. Quick recap - when the

By |2019-09-15T07:53:59+00:00June 8th, 2019|Norwich, web design|1 Comment

Does greed kill Norwich web design agencies?

I don't gloat when I see a web design agency locally or further afield go under, or cease trading. Far from it, I've been there myself in education - when I was metaphorically thrown under a bus - but that trauma is the past, a foreign country, it has become. When I heard that a

By |2019-09-15T08:06:57+00:00May 3rd, 2019|Norwich, web design|0 Comments

Am I on holiday in Norfolk, still?

We say it every time we travel down the Acle Straight, towards home, which was Gorleston until 3 years ago, and now Bradwell, a suburb of Great Yarmouth. Not the eponymous "Are we there yet?" but does it still feel like we're on holiday here? Last weekend, heading back from Norwich  the question, usually habitual, wasn't raised. Bet

By |2019-09-15T08:12:20+00:00April 25th, 2019|Great Yarmouth, Norwich, web design|0 Comments

LinkedIn – the best place to promote your services

I'll start with a fairly obvious opening gambit - if anyone on LinkedIn sends me a connection request, followed within nanoseconds by a sales pitch, I turn all Shania Twain. If someone sends a follow up to the message Ive acknowledged with a thanks but no thanks, Shania Twain morphs into Joe Pesci and they

By |2019-09-15T08:17:03+00:00March 9th, 2019|Norwich, web design|2 Comments

Web design courses Norwich from this ex teacher?

Should I start offering web design courses Norwich? Read on. When I was at school, apart from English Literature, the curriculum seemed utterly pointless. The cookery teacher made Gordon Ramsay look a model of patience, maths consisted of repetitive drills, history was about roads and canals, geography was colouring in - still is apparently. Obviously

By |2019-09-15T08:19:50+00:00February 22nd, 2019|Norwich, web design|2 Comments

Is Norwich city centre recession-proof?

Apart from Thorne, Doncaster, a place I spent 18 years in from birth to university, I've never remained anywhere as long as we've stayed in Norwich, Norfolk. I've had a few bad experiences here, in the recent past, in education, but even that, with hindsight, was a massive favour. I had fallen out of love

By |2019-09-15T08:21:40+00:00February 18th, 2019|copywriter, Norwich, web design|0 Comments

I hate meetings but love meeting in Norwich

Today, someone asked me to meet in Norwich and as I'd intended to meet someone anyway, my diary shouted "Go."  Normally, client meetings irritate as the time spent over coffee could be spent on actually designing, writing and marketing. I'm not anti-social but have been mightily fed up in the past when a 60 mile

By |2019-09-15T08:25:36+00:00February 6th, 2019|Norwich, web design|0 Comments

Starting a business is exciting – avoid partnerships at all costs though

Starting any business, particularly after paid employment, can be incredibly exciting and daunting, at the same time. You’ve got the fear of leaving the known for the unknown; leaving a salary to risk all on a business idea. We’ve been there ourselves. It’s not an easy decision to make. You will probably lie awake at

By |2019-09-15T08:29:55+00:00February 4th, 2019|freelance copywriter, Norwich, web design|0 Comments

Why isn’t there an Escape to the City?

I used to like watching property programmes - along with the rest of the population - back in the day. Occasionally, channel surfing, I'll pause still on "Grand Designs", "Homes under the Hammer" and "Escape to the Country" and watch for 10 or 15 minutes. I don't often linger as I saw most on first

By |2019-09-15T08:37:25+00:00February 3rd, 2019|Norwich, web design|0 Comments

Woodland walks close to my Norfolk home

When my nose isn't pressed firmly to the grindstone of work, which it tends to be nowadays, I often have a 60 minute to 90 minute daily sabbatical of a dog walk with the most recent addition to the family, a rescue border collie, who is delightful. Working from home is wonderful, but when I

By |2019-09-15T08:39:41+00:00January 28th, 2019|Great Yarmouth, Norwich, web design|2 Comments

Are you exploiting the millions of zombies?

I am a zombie. My daughter is, my wife and son less so. We are the living dead. Walking round with fixed stares. Stares set on screens - living life through a lens, vicariously, whatever you want to call it. Not alone though as most of the population seem glued to smartphones and the internet.

By |2019-09-15T08:41:37+00:00January 27th, 2019|Great Yarmouth, Norwich, web design|0 Comments

How to get found on Google in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston?

There's riches in niches, clearly, and I'll grab a knife, carve that humble pie and eat a slice now, because, I admit to being wrong. There. Said it. A native of Yorkshire admitting fallibility is unheard of. But I'm wrong. You see, in my aim for SEO dominance with this venture, I went for low

By |2019-09-15T08:44:02+00:00January 23rd, 2019|Great Yarmouth, Norwich, web design|2 Comments

Are you actively pursuing 5 star Google reviews?

I'm of an age when I remember the thud of Yellow Pages and the BT phonebook landing though letterboxes, the free newspaper (which I carry now from the welcome mat to recycling as it lands) and the days of buying newspapers, which seems so arcane, that I actually pinch and zoom when I stumble upon

By |2019-09-15T08:46:41+00:00January 19th, 2019|Great Yarmouth, Norwich, web design|0 Comments

What does responsive website design mean?

Responsive website design is probably a term you've heard of and even perhaps know what it means. I won't keep you hanging - responsive means it fits to screen on mobile, desktop and tablet. I used to naively think that a web designer created a website and hey presto it rendered correctly on all devices.

By |2019-09-15T08:48:49+00:00January 13th, 2019|Norwich|0 Comments

2019 begins as 2018 ended – excellently.

Christmas this year was a bit of a damp squib as 12 year old daughter, Ruby, was forced to admit that she knew Santa was fictitious and she knew last year too. I became suspicious when I saw the letter to Santa had been replaced by a full Amazon basket, which irked as I'm weaning

By |2019-09-15T08:59:34+00:00January 6th, 2019|Norwich, web design|0 Comments

The literary heritage of Norwich and Norfolk

I don't claim to be a native of Norfolk at all. We moved here for careers in teaching and a coastal lifestyle 11 years ago and it's a good place to bring up children and live. The roads are antiquated and that warmth you get from conversations in the north is conspicuous by its absence,

By |2019-09-15T09:01:17+00:00January 2nd, 2019|Norwich, web design|0 Comments

Should I use a freelancer or a web design agency Norwich?

There's no easy answer to this. No binary "yes use a freelancer" or "yes use a web design agency Norwich", assuming you're in Norwich and would like someone local to complete a revamp or a completely new website. A web design agency often will have more expertise and specialists within that agency - someone who

By |2018-12-28T14:43:10+00:00December 28th, 2018|Norwich, web design|0 Comments

This web design Norwich UK company is climbing

SEO. The 2018 equivalent of a box ad in Yellow Pages and one of the most prized ambitions of companies - featuring on Google Page One for a specific search term and failing that, pole position on page 2. Beyond page 2, it's a lost cause we are told. Getting on page one in private

By |2018-12-26T15:19:16+00:00December 26th, 2018|Norwich, web design|0 Comments


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