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  • Steven Wilson-Beales

An update from the digital wilderness. Also – synthesizers.

In September I also went to the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester. Excellent fun. Here’s an early computer but my son wasn’t interested as it didn’t have Roblox.

Well it’s taken a year to post anything on this blog – so that’s probably a good indication I should probably downgrade my masterplan of filling the digital void with my #content brilliance in favour of far less overhead. But as U-turns are all the fashion these days , let’s just keep calm and carry on! I could say it’s been an exceptionally busy year – and in a way it has. At the beginning of Jan I took on Product Owner responsibilities to upgrade our in-house Content Management System. This has meant working more closely than ever with our fantastic dev team which has been really insightful. ‘Learning the language’ of Product Ownership has been really interesting, particularly as an SEO who often pitched technical SEO upgrades to dev teams from behind the ’email wall.’ Now that I have breached enemy defences, my path to world SEO domination is only a stone’s throw away. Mwahahaha! The Queen’s funeral was a true test of our capability as a news organisation to meet the requirements of the day – and as any technical teams within news brands will know, there is no single button you can press to cover everything you need so you are heavily reliant on the brilliance of staff to ‘turn things up to eleven’ as one of the video producers said on the day. A momentous occasion and one I’m sure will stay in people’s memories in years to come. It’s also been a busy period as I’ve finally decided to ‘stick my head above the parapet’ (as someone else once said to me) and be visible at a few more conferences and networking events. In October, I’ll be hosting the AOP’s Tech Talk on Personalisation – there are some great presentations lined up as part of this, and a great discussion to be had on the panel itself. I’ve also managed to grab an interview slot on the magical Media Masters podcast which I’ve been a fan of for many years. Paul and I had a great conversation on the podcast and it was great opportunity to try and remember what the hell I’ve been up to for all these years. Lastly, I did make a promise to myself during lockdown that I would spent more time noddling on my synthesizers. I can confirm the noddling has continued and I’ve teamed up with a few of my ‘ol pals a few tracks which will be launched into the digital universe very soon. I’ve never had so much fun installing faulty soundcards and resolving latency issues – it’s just like 2002 all over again! Until next time!


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