My article got to front page of Hacker News

One of my articles spent a good portion of the day on the front page of Hacker News. During my short journey of blogging, I have never received so much traffic.

August 21, 2021 · Miika von Bell

The end of social media

Social networks have failed big time to satisfy my needs and many others’ needs as well.

August 20, 2021 · Miika von Bell

Using dictation for writing blog posts from speech

Dictation has improved a lot over the years and today it is a really powerful tool to be used for writing a blog.

August 19, 2021 · Miika von Bell

Why I decided to use Hugo for my blog

In 2020 I started looking for ways to building my first blog. I built by own CMS, built my own SSG, but finally settled to use Hugo framework.

August 15, 2021 · Miika von Bell

Building my own content management system

Blogging industry is changing rapidly like any other field under the entire tech industry. Google plays a huge role in most blogger’s businesses and keeping up with new search algorithm updates can be a pain. Especially if you are not that tech savvy. It was around 2019 when I played around with the idea of starting my own blog at some point on the side of my full-time work. I was researching the state of the industry and was looking at different options for building my blog with....

July 26, 2021 · Miika von Bell

How to choose a blogging niche

I struggled a long time to choose a niche for my blog. As I was reading everything about starting a blog, one thing was very clear: you have to choose a very specific niche. That gave me quite a bit of anxiety as there were so many things I wanted to write about. I found sports and outdoors interesting, but that in itself is too broad. Technology in general is something I am really curious about, but that is too broad as well....

July 20, 2021 · Miika von Bell

How to write a blog post by telling stories

I used to build WordPress websites for a living. Building WordPress websites taught me the basics of software development. Knowing the basics, I was able to land my first full-time software developer job. A few years went by working as a junior software developer when it was time for a change. I wanted to advance in my career so I transitioned into consulting. I learned frontend, backend, databases, networking, and business by going hands-on....

July 18, 2021 · Miika von Bell

31 ways to improve website speed and performance

Page speed has become a ranking factor in Google Search. This means that in order to do well in search results, websites have to consider making their content load as fast as possible. Improving website speed and performance is not only a matter of improving rankings in search results but also a matter of good user experience. Many studies, such as this one, have shown how improving page speed and website performance can lead to better user engagement and more conversions through a web page....

June 29, 2021 · Miika von Bell

Getting rid of AdSense for good

I have been building my own blogging platform and a content management system for almost two years now. As a software developer I wanted to start blogging and I didn’t see myself using any of the existing content management systems. I started building my own blogging platform and after about a year of building it I decided to start creating content with it. That first blog is now almost a year old in a very small niche....

June 7, 2021 · Miika von Bell