Posts in category 'Thoughts'

The benefit of side projects (and why I built a Lorem Ipsum Generator for my favourite TV sitcom)

  • Published July 30th 2020
  • Updated August 10th 2020

In December of 2019, I was looking for a lorem ipsum generator to help me add some dummy content to a project that I was working on. I wondered “how difficult would it be to make my own?”. In this post, I want to explain why these small side-projects can seem menial but can be really beneficial and integral to learning new skills.

How I have survived the COVID-19 pandemic (so far)

  • Published July 13th 2020

Approximately 2 months ago, I published a blog post about maintaining motivation as a furloughed employee. At that time, I had been furloughed for one month and was beginning to find it difficult to stay active within my software engineering field. Today, two months after writing that post, I would like to reflect on and share my successes since then.

Maintaining motivation as a furloughed employee

  • Published May 7th 2020

As I write this, the world is in the middle of a pandemic. COVID-19 has impacted the global economy, forcing many UK businesses to furlough large portions of their workforce to survive in these turbulent times. How can furloughed workers in tech make the most of this time to stay sane, happy and productive?

Ship little and often! – The new mantra behind my current portfolio site

  • Published April 21st 2020

Today I released the latest version of my professional website. I have counted this to be the fourth major iteration of my professional website in the space of approximately 6 years. With each new major version came an entirely new design. The content however, remained fairly consistent. ‘Ship little and often’ is the key concept that I am now working with.


© Ian Holden 2020

“We can get better, because we’re not dead yet.” – Frank Turner