Instagram? Same, Same …


On Twitter my friend Brendan was asking if others also noticed a similar way of talking into the camera.

[…] Same phrasing, same mannerisms, same sentence structures. […]

I am sure he is right and I know what he means, as it also counts for images/photos (I am guilty here as well), but I was asking, if he’d have examples.

A funny way of holding a mirror in front of us

Keith from Ireland replied with a brilliant link to [an account named insta_repeat, which I haven’t come across before. Brilliant way of holding a mirror in front of us!

A Snippet out of the Briefing Email my Partners get for beyond tellerrand

About one or two weeks before an event takes place, my Partners (how I like to call my sponsors) get a longer email with all the details and instructions for anything that is in their package.

If they have a booth during the conference, I like to give them this little bit of advise

One tip you should please follow, as I know my attendees for 10 years now: don’t go with the classic table setup, where you sit behind your table with your laptop open during the breaks. That kills it and I promise, no one is gonna speak to you, as they don’t want to disturb you while you work.

🤷‍♂️ Right?

WebConf Asia Cancelled


You can imagine, that I am totally sorry to hear that Charis Rooda had to cancel this year’s WebConf Asia. Surely the situation in Hong Kong caused this, but knowing how much passion Charis puts into organising it, it must be such a tough decision to cancel your event. As she says:

We have not taken this decision lightly, and have kept hope until last week that the situation would improve (enough) so we could still hold a great event. Unfortunately, we feel that this is no longer the situation, and therefore we feel obliged to postpone. It’s breaking our hearts and we are very sorry.

Well, I believe this 100%. Fingers crossed for the next one then, dear Charis!

⇾ The Freelance Life

Insights into starting, surviving, and growing your freelance business.

And this is what it is. I mean, guides are not for everyone and some of the things might be seen differently by you, but maybe you find the one or other useful bit in this guid.

⇾ Visit: The Freelance Life

⇾ Screen Size Map


Not sure how useful this in the end, but it is fun exploring the different screen sizes with this tool.

Screen Size Map visualisation

⇾ Visit: Screen Size Map

The First Year in the Last 13 Years, Where I’m Not Visiting Brighton

I am just back from the lovely ScriptConf, where I had a fabulous time meeting new and old friends. I have been overwhelmed also by the positive conversations about my own event and the many people complimenting me about it and telling me, they are happy that Munich is going to be back.

But when I made my coffee this morning, it dawned on me, that this year, 2019, will be the first year since 2006, that I am not travelling to Brighton at least one time for an event. Since 2006 – so every time – I attended Reasons, the former Flash On The Beach. I also attended many of the dConstruct events and enjoyed all of them a lot. Both sadly came to an end.

There is ffconf, which used to be called Full Frontal Conference earlier. An event by Remy and Julie, which is long running and lovely, but sadly always clashes with my Berlin dates, since I run the Berlin edition of beyond tellerrand. Definitely worth going!

Then there are a series of events Jeremy Keith puts on. Like Responsive Day Out (don’t know if there will be another after three editions, though) or Patterns Day, which took place in June, where I have been away with the Smashing Team to run SmashingConf Toronto. So I missed this as well.

That means, if I won’t travel to Brighton after the Berlin edition of beyond tellerrand, this is really going to be the first year in a long time, where I have to miss Brighton. And I do miss Brighton. And dConstruct. And Reasons.

Leaves me with a nostalgic, little bit sad feeling. But also with a lot of warm and good memories.

ScriptConf 2019 in Linz

It is a bit calm and silent here. Well, guess what: we are close to a beyond tellerrand again. This time special once more, as it is a first time in a new venue. Next to this I had been in Austria’s mountains in Tirol last week with my family. I love this before an event to clear my head and to recharge my batteries before hell breaks loose with all the last minute bits and pieces for a show. One more ticket is left for Berlin and I guess it will be sold out tomorrow beyond tellerrand Berlin sold out while I was typing this text. This is great and I will work hard as usual and give my best to make it a good show again.

But before I finally see you at beyond tellerrand in November, I am going to attend an event in Linz at the end of this week. I try to get to ScriptConf since Stefan, Dominik and Sebastian started it. Tobi – whom you might know from beyond tellerrand since 2013 and who now also plays for events like SmashingConf, Frontend Zurich and others – also is going to be there and rocks the stage for the audience in Linz. If that is not reason enough, than maybe an excellent line-up. The page mentions tickets for €159, but I think it is sold out.

Looking forward to meet you in Linz, if you are there (or in Berlin at beyond tellerrand) ;)

About Burning Out

A quote by Cliff Burton, who died way to young in 1986, about burning out. And back then already he was right:

You don’t burn out from going too fast, you burn out from going to slow and getting bored.

I agree.

Events, Events, Events

On Thursday I’ll once more speak at the Webworker Ruhr Meetup. And once more in a team along with my mate Bastian Allgeier.

While Bastian digs deep into Kirby 3 matter and shows all the wonderful new stuff Kirby brings with the latest release, I myself will take a step behind the curtains of organising events. Usually people mostly see the shiny bits, when the actual events happen. My aim is to show all the little bits and pieces from finding a venue to getting enough money to actually run the event and creating an interesting event. Maybe I am able to squeeze enough information and stories out of my 20-year event organiser brain to make this interesting and useful.

I hope that this is going to be of interest for the people coming and am excited about the conversations afterwards.

If you want to attend, please check the Meetup page of WWruhr and come along. Would be lovely to see you there.

Meet Me at View Source

The fifth View Source conference is taking place from September 30th to October 1st in Amsterdam. I am all set to join and hope to meet a few of you there.

The line-up looks high-quality and I am looking forward to it. There are many Satellite Events around View Source and one of them, being listed, is Fronteers, which I’d love to attend as well. Sadly Thursdays and Fridays are always complicated and being away from Monday to Wednesday already is a family issue. But if you are free on 3rd and 4th of October, you should also check Fronteers!