Long time, no dotjay: an update

I’ve not written a proper post in ages. I’ve not written anything for over a month. I have several posts in the works, some of which follow up on previous posts and promises I made quite a while back. Anyway, this is an attempt to make up excuses for being so quiet.

Excuses, Excuses

So, I’ve been particularly busy of late and have needed to prioritise a load of things. I’ve missed an entire month of blogging and my feed reader just hasn’t had a look-in recently.

I guess it doesn’t help that I’ve been trying to juggle several projects, many of which are just for fun and aren’t going to help me retire early:

  • General work projects (including various improvements to the business site).
  • A resource for website owners about what makes a good website. A long-term “educate the masses” project I’ve had in mind to start, but just not found the time to do much towards.
  • Developing a Web application that archives Google News Alerts (primarily for archiving “Web accessibility” items at the moment).
  • Redesigning this place. It’s coming along nicely actually (some of you may have noticed a few minor additions and changes), but not enough to warrant another blog post about it yet. I’ve been toying with the idea of putting up a temporarily redesign before the Autumn Reboot, but I really can’t be bothered.

Web

Things seem to have been brewing while I’ve been procrastinating busy. I see Oxton is back blogging several times a day (how do you do it, John?) and it’s good to have him back again. Meanwhile, Tommy has retired from blogging. I for one will miss his posts, but I understand his reasoning for closing the blog. I hope that one day he’ll come back in one form or another. At long last, Vigo has started a blog, which I’m sure will be a source of much entertainment. Over at Accessify Forum, I have been recruited to help out with moderating duties.

Work

Business is busy but has seemed quite unfruitful of late. I’ve had one client being messed about by Demon Internet (no surprises there) causing delays. Grrr. Another couple of projects have just been slow-going.

I’ve also been brainstorming and looking at how to develop the business and bring in a little more bread and butter. It’s seemed that no matter how much I do, money is tight and I feel unproductive. I have been considering making the jump and getting office space. I love working from home, but I think that an office would be a far more productive environment for me. Except, finding an office wouldn’t be so hard if it wasn’t for…

Going home

Some of you will already know that we’re now planning our move down to sunny ol’ Devon, where I was “drug up”. There are a couple of personal reasons for the move, which I won’t go into now, but it’s probably for the best. I’m just a little concerned about the impact it’s going to have on the business.

We’ve driven down to Devon twice in the last two weeks to visit family and make plans. Jo’s been trying to find jobs. It’s quite a long way to go (over five hours by car each way) so it’s been quite a stressful time. Hopefully things will be easier once things have been planned out.

Health

I’m not exactly the healthiest of beasts, but I’ve been feeling even less healthy lately. I’ve also found it difficult to concentrate on things. I really need to exercise more, but also need to tie myself to the desk to get on top of work. It’s a vicious circle really.

I remember a few months back several people around the blogosphere began a routine of blogging their activities in work/play/exercise. I promised myself I’d try harder to be more active and I began monitoring my exercise. I did quite well for a while, but other things have taken over lately and I’ve let it slip. Of course, it hasn’t helped that the local council have closed the nearest swimming pool and my bike is absolutely knackered.

Over the Summer I’ve been getting out to play football, rounders or Frisbee with mates, which has been good, but I’ve not been able to do that lately. Hopefully, when we’re settled in Devon, I’ll get more active again. I like running too, but York’s city streets doesn’t really compare to the Devon countryside.

Photos

I’ve started taking more photos, if for nothing else but to inspire me. Photography was always something I wanted to be good at, but has never been something I’ve really applied my mind to. I try to take photos wherever I go now, and try not to care too much if they’re a pile of crap. I actually wanted a new camera but purchasing said camera was foiled by my bank, who decided to close my credit card account without telling me.

Moan, moan, moan

Yeah, I know I must sound like a right old moaner, and I suppose I am. But hey, I can moan if I want to. Things will start getting easier once this move is out the way. It’s just been one of those slow periods.