Monday, 22 December 2014

Happy xmas

Just a quick letter to say Happy Xmas to all my readers and followers. Hope you have a good one. So far I've been very good in the past few weeks, I've been eating better than I do normally, and I've been trying to keep a good schedule of things to do over the next few days. Hope you have a great xmas. David

Wednesday, 17 December 2014


We've decided to re-direct our translation company, so that we spend more time and resources on sales, and less on other things. We expect to change the entire culture of the company, from supporting and producing the good work (which we have now internalized) to focusing on getting more clients through the door. Hopefully this change won't be too traumatic for us and we'll adapt and grow.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Growth Accelerator

I've joined a government run scheme called the "Growth Accelerator". The idea of the scheme is to help smaller, newer business like mine develop and grow. After some qualifying questions, I was able to join the scheme. The first step was to select a "mentor" who will help me guide the business over the coming weeks. I had my first meeting with my new mentor yesterday. We talked about my vision for the company, and my idea of what we can offer to our clients. We also discussed different ways of presenting ourselves to our clients and target market. Overall, so far the experience has been good. I'll keep posting here as things develop! David

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Visit to Syon Park

It's getting close to Christmas, so I decided to visit the Christmas gardens at Syon Park. They have lit the park nicely, with many hidden light shows, music, and other effects scattered around the 1.5 mile route.

It was a bit cold, but the walk was pleasant, and I certainly enjoyed it.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Flying versus Eurostar

I just got back from a nice long weekend in Paris. It was lovely to see the market on the Champs-Élysées. While I was there I took the chance to get myself a nice new coat in the Lafayette store. Enjoyed good food and good drink while I was there.

I went with my girlfriend by Eurostar and I was thinking about which I prefer, flying or trains.

The obvious benefit of trains is that it goes right from the middle of London to the middle of Paris, and it's quite pleasant journey, with relatively little hassle boarding. Heathrow is quite convenient for me, but it's still a bit of a pain to get to the airport, and boarding the plane is a hassle.

The disadvantage of the train I suppose is the timing, but honestly, the door to door journey wasn't much long than for a flight. Perhaps further than France would be more expensive. However, for Paris or Brussels, give me the Eurostar anyday.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Galaxy S3 phone problems

Myself and a friend both purchased Galaxy S3's about the time they were released in the UK. So now they are around 2 years old.

Over the past 3-4 months, I've noticed my phone has been getting much slower. The most annoying thing is that when a call comes in, I would swipe the "answer" button, but it would freeze and I would end up missing the call.

My friend also described having the exact same problem. My girlfriend starting reporting that my calls were very "fuzzy", and she couldn't hear me clearly. I also noticed on a couple of calls, that the caller was struggling to understand what I was saying.

I did a factory reset and honestly, I don't see much of an improvement. It's quite annoying as 2 years isn't really a very long time. I know people upgrade their phones regularly, but I think they should last at least 5 years or more.

Anyway, I'm thinking of upgrading to an HTC One which I've seen has good reviews.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Following on Twitter

Recently, I've been playing around a lot with my @ConstructiveTra account on Twitter.

There's an  awful lot to do with the program, but one of the first things I decided to do was follow a bunch of people who I want to read regularly. Then I started following potential clients and writing content they might be interested in. Some of the clients have followed me back, and I guess that could be the beginning of a good relationship.

After a while people started following me, and I decided I would follow anyone back who followed me, as long as they weren't publishing anything offensive, or totally irrelevant.

After some time I noticed that the number of my followers was falling. Looking into it, I realized that many of the people who followed me did so just to get me to follow them back, now they have stopped following me. Personally I think that tactic really sucks.

There are a few different software solutions, and now I'm very strict about clearing out by non-followers on a regular basis, unless of course, they are regularly producing content I'm interested in.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

I deleted all the comments

After a bit of a break in this blog, I did some analytics and much to my surprise I found we were ranking highest for Fake LV Handbags. That was a bit of a shock as we talk about technical translation, so I did some research and realized that a lot of spammers include some kind of link in otherwise ordinary looking comments on my posts.

So I went through and found that virtually all the "great post!" type comments were actually just spammy link building. I deleted all comments and I've set the system to let me review them regularly. If comments look suspicious in future I'll just block them.

It's probably something a lot of people who run smaller blogs need to look out for. Not the worlds hardest lesson, but still something to learn from.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Sitting on a ball

Hi all,

I've been exploring a lot of the various issues about working from home. One thing I kept reading and feeling was that my back was getting tired from sitting in my chair all day.

The first thing I tried was to just sit up straight, but that's easier said than done. For one thing, the armrests on my chair are slightly too low for me when I sit completely upright.

After doing some reading I purchased a Swiss ball to try. The ball was inflatable and I now use it as a seat for about an hour a day. The main benefit with it is that you really have to sit straight, it won't let you slouch. That means it's much more tiring than a regular chair and I've found that about an hour a day is enough. Maybe over time as my back gets stronger, I'll try to increase the time I spend sat on the ball.

One of the downsides is that the ball is pretty big (I got a 65 cm ball) and when I'm not using it there's nowhere to keep it in my little flat. So it usually sits on the bed (as shown below) while I'm working.

Overall I'd say it was a good idea. I've certainly felt a bit of an improvement in my posture and it helps break up the day when the job I'm doing is boring.