I'm Leon, head of digital and marketing at Suffolk Libraries. I'm responsible for lots of things, including our website and apps we develop. Most interestingly, I conceived and led the development of our own library self-service system, a progressive web app now sold by software developers Dootrix to other library services.
I've worked in web and, to a lesser extent, IT, since 2008. Before that, I taught secondary English for a few years, and before that I worked as an NOC engineer for a telecoms company. My first jobs involved trying to flog ad space.
I've written a blog since 2008. Unsurprisingly, over the years what I've written about has changed, reflecting whatever I've been interested in at the time. I don't just write about work. When I commuted, I was lucky enough to have the time to read, and logged the books here. Since 2010 I've been a Labour party member and fretted about the future of the party, until Jeremy Corbyn became its leader. For a few years I was particularly interested in the idea of a Universal Basic Income. Sometimes I'll write about something that just grabs my attention. It's all here.
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This site is built using Jekyll, a static site generator, and hosted by Netlify, who specialise in hosting static sites. Netlify connects to Git (well, Github, Gitlab and Bitbucket), which means that when I push a change to my repo, the website is updated. This is a very good way to work. I recommend Netlify — they also offer forms, redirects and even AWS services integration.
I use my own Jekyll “framework” called Jekyll Tachyons, as it makes building a Jekyll site on the Tachyons CSS framework quick and easy. I like ⚡️.