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Michael Brooks

Freelance Website Developer & Blogger in Newton Abbot

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Thinking of self-hosting your Blog?

I've self-hosted my blog for a long time now and I've just migrated my wife's website from [Weebly](https://www.weebly.com) to self-hosted. For general purpose WordPress websites, I've found the best hosting is through [SiteGround](https://www.siteground.co.uk/index.htm?afcode=69eb60ca183b5e801f806be97490c807). They offer great solutions for exactly what you need. E.g. they have optimised hosting for Wordpress, WooCommerce or general cloud hosting. You can go from hosting one site or upgrade to host multiple sites.

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A full week of work starts

For us office workers, today is our first full week back. Like many around this time of year, I felt pretty apprehensive about going back. It was so nice having a break from work and they always go way too fast. Christmas and New Year never last as long as you'd hope and everything just goes back to normal.

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My fundraiser for Mental Health has started

This is just a quick blog post to let you know I will be starting my first fundraiser for mental health. It will be a Crossfit workout called Becky and all donations will be going to Mind charity. I hope you are excited as I am regarding this event, and will join me as the event starts. When more details arise, I will be sure to update you all.

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3 years at Crossfit

A memory popped up on Facebook today and it's reminded me why I joined Crossfit. I initially joined because I was unhappy with my weight. I got to 16st (~101kg) and I was feeling slightly unhappy with my weight gain. It's not a huge amount of weight compared to other's, but it was my heaviest weight. Also, posture was a biggie for me, I have Anterior Pelvic Tilt (or APT) and I walked with a bounce.

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The demise of social networks

For what seems like forever, I wanted to create my very own social networking site. At first, it was going to compete with Facebook, have reactions (before they invented it), and use open technologies. I started creating something with my custom PHP, I created the ability to register, log in and add friends. It was going great and my friends were playing around with it. A few bugs were being reported which I would try to fix, and a few months later, I got bored.

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