• Travel

    And So It Begins…Steemfest Bound

    Having gone to bed early last night, knowing I planned to be up at 4.30 am, I tossed and turned in my bed. Sleep eluded me, despite how hard I tried to calm my mind. Was it nerves? Worry? Excitement? Maybe a bit of all three. I just couldn’t shut my brain off. I finally gave up just after 3, rechecked my packed case, making sure I had all the cables and chargers any traveling blogger should need. I had a coffee and a spot of breakfast while flicking through the inane channels on the TV. My train to the airport arrives at my local station at 5.48. Just before…

  • Art

    Come On Baby, Light My Fire – Pyrography.

    Source A friend of mine runs a mobile bar and catering business. Last year he asked me to do some work for him in the form of burning designs into these wooden bottle cases. His company is called Love Street Foods and the mobile bar is Love Bubble & Fizz. The first design he wanted was this. The bar also supplies gins and vodkas from UK company Chase Liquors, so he also wanted this brand on some cases. Source Chase distilleries also has a cider line called Willy’s. Source A few weeks ago he got in touch with me, wanting more designs burned onto cases. This time, he is supplying…

  • Travel

    Steemfest3 Bound

    In just over two weeks time I will begin my journey to Krakow, Poland, to attend Steemfest3. After a small hiccup in securing my Steemfest ticket, I bought my flights this week. I shall be flying from Birmingham, my local airport, to Amsterdam, before continuing to Poland. I booked into the INX Design Hotel, one of the two ‘official’ Steemfest hotels, as soon as the event was announced. Not only am I looking to catch up with some awesome steemians I met at last year’s event in Lisbon, and new attendees, but I am listed as a speaker at Steemfest. I will be joined by fellow co-admin and co-creator of…

  • Nature,  Travel

    Loving The Alien

    Source No, I am not about to claim that cephalopods originate from outer space, or that they were bioengineered by space aliens – although, who really knows, right? What I do know is that this class of animal is entirely alien to anything else on Earth, and they have always held quite a fascination for me. For those not familiar with the term cephalopod, these include octopuses, squid, nautilae and cuttlefish. Cephalopod literally means ‘feet around the head’. Cephalopods are part of the mollusc family. Source So why am I talking about these fantastic creatures? During my recent family vacation in Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands, I took part…

  • Uncategorized

    Upgraded WordPress Hosting To VPS

    Since deciding to add the @steempress-io WordPress plugin to my workflow I needed to secure some private hosting in addition to purchasing my domain name – muxxy.co.uk. I decided to go with Dreamhost and originally purchased their shared hosting package. This allowed me to host multiple sites on my server. I decided upon this option so that I could quickly add on domains for other steemians who wanted their own self-hosted blogs so that they too could enjoy the benefits of using the steempress plugin. For this, I charge the Steem equivalent of 20 USD for 12 months. They purchase their domain name, I install their WordPress on my hosting…