Hello, I'm a musician, web developer/designer and author who also takes the occasional photograph.

Social media for musicians

There are a fair number of guides on the web, listing what the author thinks are the best social media websites for musicians to use. Most of them pick the usual popular big two of Facebook and Twitter, ignoring some of the slightly lesser known sites. This guide is slightly different in that I list the websites and services I have used as a musician over the past 19 years with the added knowledge that...

A simple way to lazy load embedded Youtube videos

Like most musicians I use embedded YouTube videos on my website. They look great, but can really slow the page down. This is especially true if you have more than one of them and is due to the browser having to download extra content from another server. Not only can this affect the experience for the user but it could also have an affect on your page ranking on Google. Fortunately, you can get around...

Photo: Early Morning Running Is Usually The Prettiest

I was fortunate to go for a run early enough yesterday morning to catch the view below with the mist still hanging over the lake and grass. It was a beautiful sight. I also nearly got a photo of the geese flying low across the lake but they were a little too quick for me - next time. A photo posted by Sugardrum (@sugardrum) on Dec 13, 2016 at 1:02am PST

Moving From Wordpress To Jekyll

Wow, it’s been exactly a year since I last updated this website. Much has happened since then, including changing how this site is created. It used to be powered by Wordpress but now I’m using a static website generator called Jekyll. Advantages of moving from Wordpress to Jekyll No more plugin and security updates to worry about. No more security plugins to maintain. No more faffing around keeping a local copy of the database as...

Photo: a heron in a tree again

Same bird as yesterday, this time giving his/her wings a lovely stretch. A photo posted by Sugardrum (@sugardrum) on Dec 9, 2015 at 1:52am PST I saw the same bird in the tree as yesterday on my morning running today. This time he/she was giving their wings a lovely stretch so I had to take a photo. I think the bird is enjoying posing for photos 🙂 I thought the photo would make nice background...