A year ago the Web Services team stared blogging every day during Advent and the pain of that followed by blogging every day for 125 days apparently hasn’t put me off trying it again.
I have no idea where we’ll go with it but last year we covered everything from open data to environmental issues. I’ve got a few ideas for things to blog about but I’ll be writing fewer posts this month so there should be a bit more variety.
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We’re not the only kid on the block this December so be sure to check out some of these other advent calendars:
If web design is more your thing then you could do worse than following 24 ways for the next few weeks. Variety of well known web folks share their ideas as blog posts… Kind of like the Web Services blog but without the well known bit!
Equally useful is the archive right back to 2005 so you’ll have stuff to read into the new year.
This will be particularly interesting to watch because I thought about doing an advent calendar for main Edge Hill website a few months ago but it didn’t get off the ground in time. Ideas for next year though!
The original symfony advent calendar, published in December 2005 was one of the key things in persuading me to adopt symfony for the Education Partnership website. Symfony now forms the core of the corporate website, GO and Hi – it’s adoption at Edge Hill has radically changed the way we build websites. This year the symfony project have created a brand new advent calendar and I look forward to following it.
If you like surreal comedy advert calendars satiring local newspapers then there is literally only one advent calendar for you this year! The Framley Examiner created this quite a few years ago but I still love it.
There’s a few I’ve come across – post a comment to tell us about any other cool online advent calendars, or even just to tell us what the one on your wall is like.
We are very close to the Christmas holidays again and I thought it’s about time to decorate my desktop while counting down the days. I’ve been browsing the web to see what is available and I found some awesome designs from VLADSTUDIO, which offers the usual kind of digital art given away as desktop decorations. Just to keep you and I on the Christmas spirit.
Download instructions are pretty obvious, and there are plenty of resolutions to choose from. The low quality wallpapers are free to download, the quality is good enough, but if you prefer the high quality you will need to register on their site. Unregistered users can download several different resolutions – 800×480, 800×600, 1024×600, 1024×768, 1152×864, 1280×1024, 1600×1200px.
These are for personal use on your desktop only! Do not use for anything else without the authors permission!
Waiting For The Miracle
Christmas Ice Skating
Snow Man Snow Child
A Small Gift For Christmas
Waiting for the Spring
Where Christmas Gifts Are Born
Regular readers of the Web Services blog may have noted that post frequency is a little biased towards me… well over the next 25 days, more of us will be blogging about a variety of topics in the run up to the Christmas break.
From my point of view this is a purely selfish measure for a couple of reasons. Firstly it takes the pressure off me to write posts. Secondly, for the last couple of years my annual online advent calendar has failed due to lack of motivation – this will solve that by making it everyone’s problem!
So what are we going to cover in the next few weeks? Well, we don’t know yet as not everything is written but it will probably be like a year’s worth of blog posts compressed into under a month! Hopefully we’ll cover updates on some of our current projects, future plans, things we’ve been looking at and maybe a few things just for fun.
Much of what we write will be scheduled, so don’t feel sorry us – no one will be logging in on Christmas day to update the blog, but that also means we may not react to comments as quickly as normal.
If you’ve got any ideas for things you’d like to hear about or suggestions for fun and festive things we can post, leave a comment, or if you don’t want to spoil the surprise for others, drop us an email at email@example.com. We may also be joined by some special guest bloggers from outside Web Services, but you’ll have to wait to find out who!
Finally, if you’re unsure whether it’s Christmas yet, check out www.isitchristmas.com – bah, humbug 😉