Well, I mean I like trolls. Especially pen trolls. Super omega-cute. I also like that norwegian movie Trolljegeren. But with that said my intention has never been to be a troll on the internet. Being all negative and grumpy. That is exactly not why I started this blog.
This weekend was midsummer. I was in my hometown spending some time with my parents. Learned my 58-year old mum how to ride a longboard among other important things. I also told my mum about this blog. About how I started it to try to point out the bad things in order to get some improvement (hopefully). My mums response to this was simply: “What about the good things? Why don’t you write about good examples?”. It got me thinking a bit. There are tons (in my opinion) blogs out there that talks about how to do good things, best practices etc. But I actually don’t no a single one that are giving out good examples. Writing things like “Look at this great site. Look how they got it right!”
So with that said I decided to include a new category of posts here. A category of posts about sites that are being nice to the internet in swedish words “är snälla mot internet”.
And oh, here is a video that I saw recently of a talk that Nicole Sullivan gave at Fluent. Watch it! It’s just 12 minutes. It’s not wasted time. Promise!
So let’s get down to the posting. I’m doing a test now with a syntax-highlighter cause it feels kind of inaccessible to post screenshots.
Here you see a part(!) of the links to external js-files ripped today from a big newspaper site here in Sweden. Guess which one? (No, not AB…)
Anyway it’s 2012. Steve Souder started to preach several years ago about cutting down on the requests but on big web sites it still looks like this. #kodsmuts!
I start this “blog-thing” out of frustration. I’ll explain. I’m working with web. Everyday I’m trying to make something that goes out on the internet better. I might not always succeed but I always try my best. I think that’s important to remember. I do this because I love the internet. I think it’s fantastic and I think people should be nice to it. (That’s by the way the subtitle of this blog – “One should be nice to the internet”).
At work and outside I come across things that’s done by other web developers and designers. Some things are new and some old. Because of my work I’m a bit damaged. I can’t help but analyze any new web-thing that I come across. I check the source to see the structure of the markup, I look at the use of colors, the type for the text etc. I come across a lot of things that could’ve been done soo much better. This is frustrating. I use to rant about these frustrating things to my friends. They listen patiently most of the times but to be honest my ranting doesn’t help the internet.
To do at least something I started tweeting about my findings using the hashtag #kodsmuts. The word is kind of swedish (just like me) and I would translate it to something like “dirtyfied code”. Do a search and you will find some mixed things of various quality. But to be honest I’m not sure my tweeting is enough although I have had examples of people actually listening.
Apart from web development there are three things that I really like doing. Taking photos, drawing silly pictures and writing texts. Right now I do neither of these three. Frustrating.
So to cure this frustration I decided to create a place for me on the internet where I can write, post photos and draw. I hope this will turn out to be a good idea. Please wish me luck.
Ps. I know what you are thinking. Why didn’t this ‘so-called’ web developer create a custom theme? I’ll tell you. I needed to get started fast. Before I lost motivation. I don’t throw together a custom theme in an evening. I just don’t. Mainly because I don’t think it will turn out good. So this is how I start.