Everyone loves a newsletter, right?
I’m Ian Betteridge, and I’m finally caving in and making a Substack. Who knows what you might get from it? Think of it as a Christmas present from your auntie, the one who always gets your birthday confused with your sisters leading to some very entertaining presents.
I’ve been writing about technology for over 25 years, which sounds incredibly to me. As you might expect, that means I’m mostly going to write about technology in this newsletter – there will be others for politics and personal stuff and you can find my personal stuff over at my blog. The aim is to write between 2-3 times a week but there will always be something on Wednesday and Sunday.
There’s a few ways that you might have heard of me.
I used to edit a Mac magazine, back when there was such things. I started on MacUser in the UK in 1995, and edited it from about 2001 to 2001. After that I did quite a bit of freelance technology journalism.
I launched a website called Alphr.com for Dennis Publishing a few years ago. We made a bit of a splash for a while, and it was lots of fun.
I’m the director of content and audience development for Bauer Media in the UK.This means I run the content side of a lot of websites, from Grazia and Heat to Parkers and Motorcycle News.
I wrote an off-the-cuff short comedy blog post which became an Internet Law. Yes, I am that Ian Betteridge and one day I will write up what it’s like to be best-known for something that was intended as a throwaway remark.
So why is this blog called Technovia? Absolutely no idea where the word came from originally, but I suspect I was looking for some kind of portmanteau of “technology” and “via”… “Techology via Ian Betteridge”, or something like that. I’ve called my main blog Technovia since I first started blogging using Dave Winer’s Radio Userland software in about 2001 or 2002.
You can also find me over at Micro.blog