As I suspected. iA Writer didn’t sync to the new M1 MBP because of a Big Sur bug.

When my Dad was seriously ill, he revealed a long-held family secret. Or as I describe it, a long-held suspicion. Tonight, I eventually began to draft a post on a forgotten child kidnapping, Irish politics and the catholic church. The article might be quite long.

I feel bad. I’ve been pretty ruthless lately with some apps. Although it was likely iCloud Drive, I gave up trying to get iA Writer to sync with the new MacBook. However, Bear syncs in the blink of an eye.

Drafts5 is gone too. Bear will replace both.

For the life of me, I can’t get iA Writer to sync or link to iCloud drive. It’s the simple things like cross-device syncing that prompts me to look for a solution that just works. I think it’s a quirk with the library management.

Apple emailed me to offer a free year of Apple TV+. I hadn’t realised the offers were still available with new hardware purchases.

I think I’m not the only one who is feeling like a little lunch.

I’m awake, but I want to be asleep. Thank goodness it’s Saturday.

The end of an exhaustive week. I’m glad to see Friday evening, with pizza and wine. We also binged on all three episodes of The Pembrokeshire Murders. 🍕 🍷 📺

I also applied for a new job today. 🙏

Yay, the new MacBook Pro arrived today. I’ll partake in a short unboxing and then get back to the day job.

Learn more. Go deeper. Think harder. Write better. Point all of this energy toward what you already care about. This is a more sustainable approach to writing.

❝❞ -Tim Denning

I seriously need to get out running again. December 20th seems an age ago. 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️

Today was the first day back to work since before Christmas. I’ve spent virtually all day in our little study because work, blogging, theme tweaking and online courses are computer-based. 🖥

Is it too late for me to learn a new skill for the modern age? So begins my third attempt at Colt Steele’s Web Developer Bootcamp.

For the third time, I’ve started Colt Steele’s Web Developer course on Udemy. I’m glad I checked it out again because Colt has revamped everything, updated lessons and remade every video for 2021. This time I’m in for the long haul to prove a fifty-year-old can learn code.

Just after Christmas, I ordered a new 13” M1 MacBook Pro. Surprisingly it ships from China and not a nearby Apple store. I wonder how many times the courier will drop the device on the ground before it arrives?

I’m excited nonetheless: 16GB memory, 256GB storage, space grey.

Having decided to continue blogging with Ghost, I deleted today on the Write(as) platform. I decided to concentrate on one writing location and Microblog. I’ll gradually re-publish most of the Days to offload articles.

I love someone’s YouTube comment on a Marc Bolan video.

If I could bring back to life one person I would choose him!!!!!!

I always felt sad for Marc, dying so young with so much still to offer. The video is a bit grainy, but a fantastic live performance.

We finished our short drive along the coast today. iPhone 12 Pro Max handled low light scenery very well. One image, however, looked converted to a daylight scene.

The view from the car. We headed out for a drive to enjoy the winter sunshine. When lockdown starts, the sea might be out of reach if the government sets a distance from home limit.

If there’s one thing I’m sure about, it’s being wrong when I think I’m right. So when I was right about keeping my blog theme unchanged, I knew I was wrong and changed it again.

Some tweaks left to do but virtually complete.

I tried a new blog theme today. It was a bare-bones style, but I didn’t like it.

Instead, I spent several hours making tweaks and image optimisations, keeping the original theme.

Images from today’s walk. We enjoyed the best of the sunshine, but the roads were very slippery.

Last Tuesday the reMarkable 2 arrived. An e-ink tablet that I hope will allow me to compose posts while reducing my time on OLED screens. 📝

First impressions?

  • Fantastic technology
  • High quality hardware
  • Fun to use
  • Excellent handwriting recognition

We enjoyed a cold and sunny new year’s day walk near home. The roads were icy, so the walk took longer than usual. 📷

I wish everyone on a happy, productive, and peaceful New Year. Finding the community has been one of my highlights of 2020. ❤️

Here’s to blogging in 2021 🍾🎉

I’m beginning to wonder if I’m on the verge of making a mistake.

With an end of year review of blogging, I’ve considered migrating away from Ghost to But, all the search findings concern migration to Ghost, not away!

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