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Artwork for blog posts

Image: Mini Piggy Bank Money Box - aliexpress.com
Image: Mini Piggy Bank Money Box – aliexpress.com

As I have to keep telling clients, the bad old days of text-only blogs is over. Every post needs at least one image at the top so that it has some visual interest on the page and in any list of search results.

You need not only to find that image, but know how and where it will be displayed and at what resolution, in order to avoid that ‘elementary school project’ look.

Opinion: Ad Blocking and why you’re not a pirate

Ad Blocking and Why You're not a PirateWeb user: I hate ads. They’re annoying, intrusive, distracting, they suck up bandwidth, delay my page loads, scam me with fake content and click-bait, and show me and my kids offensive and inappropriate content that is NSFW or home and bypass my privacy and parental rights.

Advertiser: That’s my revenue stream you’re talking about. That’s how I can afford to serve your content and pay my bills.

Impasse.

How-to: Use Dashes and Hyphens on the web

How-to: Use Dashes and Hyphens on the webThere’s a brilliant article on A List Apart: The Trouble With EM ’n EN (and Other Shady Characters) by  from way back in October, 2001, now sadly marked “This article, while brilliant for its time, is now obsolete.”

However the topic doesn’t go away and we’re still struggling, not only with the style guide but how to render these shady characters for the web when there are all sorts of technical issues.