I mentioned recently that there might be quite a difference in tone between my links and my journal here on my website:

’Sfunny, when I look back at older journal entries they’re often written out of frustration, usually when something in the dev world is bugging me. But when I look back at all the links I’ve bookmarked the vibe is much more enthusiastic, like I’m excitedly pointing at something and saying “Check this out!” I feel like sentiment analyses of those two sections of my site would yield two different results.

My journal entries have been even more specifically negative of late. I’ve been bitchin’ and moanin’ about web browsers. But at least I’m an equal-opportunities bitcher and moaner.

I wish my journal weren’t so negative, but my mithering behaviour has been been encouraged. On more than one occasion, someone I know at a browser company has taken me aside to let me know that I should blog about any complaints I might have with their browser. It sounds counterintuitive, I know. But these blog posts can give engineers some ammunition to get those issues prioritised and fixed.

So my message to you is this: if there’s something about a web browser that you’re not happy with (or, indeed, if there’s something you’re really happy with), take the time to write it down and publish it.

Publish it on your website. You could post your gripes on Twitter but whinging on Jack’s website is just pissing in the wind. And I suspect you also might put a bit more thought into a blog post on your own site.

I know it’s a cliché to say that browser makers want to hear from developers—and I’m often cynical about it myself—but they really do want to know what we think. Share your thoughts. I’ll probably end up linking to what you write.

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Previously on this day

2 years ago I wrote Discrete replies

Keeping my home page feed relevant.

2 years ago I wrote Priorities

It’s not about you.

5 years ago I wrote Exploring web technologies

From the very basics to the cutting edge.

8 years ago I wrote The dConstruct 2012 website

A little retrospective.

8 years ago I wrote August in America, day five

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

12 years ago I wrote dCapsule

Add a memento to the dConstruct time capsule.

13 years ago I wrote Finding five numbers

Off-site Pownce metadata for my future self.

14 years ago I wrote Wordage

Go forth and coin.

15 years ago I wrote BarCamp London

A slumber party for geeks.

16 years ago I wrote Rocking out

If you’re in Brighton and you’re wondering what to do with yourself on a Tuesday night, why night come along to the Hanbury Ballroom to watch my band Salter Cane raise the very ornate roof.

16 years ago I wrote Web design and cultural identity

Andy "Malarky" Clarke penned an editorial a while back entitled Look out Johnny Foreigner in which he talked about web design and national identity.

17 years ago I wrote PDFs with PHP

Not all of the functionality I’ve been adding to this site recently involves JavaScript and the DOM. I’ve also added a new PHP script.

19 years ago I wrote Private And Public

I like this a lot.