I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

The Rules of Combat

In the words of Tyler Durden

Do not talk about Fight Club.
Do not talk about Fight Club.

Ok… maybe not. This isn’t Fight Club and that’s a fair­ly old cliché. These rules are the rules of my lit­tle chal­lenge. This is where I’m defin­ing what counts and what doesn’t.
This site has a few dif­fer­ent types of post that can appear on it, for the pur­pos­es of clar­i­ty they are

  • sta­tus
  • pho­to
  • quote
  • video
  • aside
  • link
  • stan­dard article

Each one is designed for a spe­cif­ic type of con­tent and has a cus­tom style to help dif­fer­en­ti­ate them.

Status Posts

Sta­tus posts, or snip­pets, are micro posts. They auto­mat­i­cal­ly share to my Twit­ter as a post there, I don’t always use them but I plan to start more, espe­cial­ly with the pend­ing arrival of Manton’s snippets.today.

Photos and Videos

Meant for any pho­tos or videos I cre­ate and want to share through this blog. Pho­tos are cross post­ed to Insta­gram and Flickr.


Any per­ti­nent quotes that I come across and wish to share with­out commentary.


Any short posts that don’t war­rant a full post but are longer than a snip­pet. This type might be retired.


Links to arti­cles that I think are of inter­est and have some­thing I want to add or high­light. The title of these types of posts point peo­ple away from this site to the arti­cle I’m link­ing too.

Standard Article Posts

These are the nor­mal blog posts, the orig­i­nal con­tent. These are the ones that I want to be the major­i­ty of my posts to be.

What Counts?

The posts that count the most will be the stan­dard blog posts, the orig­i­nal con­tent. When I say the most, I mean that the aim is for the major­i­ty of my posts to be these ones. Cre­ative­ly they have more val­ue since they are my own thoughts and ideas and serve as an alter­na­tive cre­ative out­let to my design work. These aren’t the only posts that will count though. Posts that are a link will also count. How­ev­er, there’s a bit of a rule to go with these. They must include a piece of com­men­tary that either adds my own thoughts, or that high­lights a par­tic­u­lar­ly per­ti­nent part of what­ev­er is being linked to.
Snip­pets or sta­tus posts will not count. Since they’re like Twit­ter posts in nature, I don’t want to take the easy way out and fall back on them as my dai­ly post. Like­wise with quotes and pho­tos, the aim is for these types of posts to sup­ple­ment the longer form and curat­ed linked content.
Why add these rules to the chal­lenge? My aim is to write more, and as a design­er I’m all too aware that a few con­straints to a project make things a bit eas­i­er. Con­straints bring clar­i­ty, focus and free­dom to a project, it’s only nat­ur­al they will also bring it to this one.