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Best Laid Plans

“The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.” – Robert Burns

Well, here we are 34 hours from New Year’s.  And neither of my projects are ready to launch.

On the work front (the re-launch of, we’ve had quite a bit go astray:

First, the designer delivered the finished design about 6 weeks behind schedule. She’s a friend and she most definitely took advantage of me.  Every week there was a new excuse.  My personal favorite was that her mom was bit by a rabid raccoon. (Hmmm….)

Then, after we finally got the design, we had to layoff a programmer due to the economy.  This altered my plan pretty significantly. I had to rethink our goals for the whole project. I had originally planned on a platform change from .asp to But, that would change our page names, which could potentially change the way Search Engines rank us (SEO). With the slowing economy and sales down, I decided it was NOT worth the risk of losing our top 10 placement in Google.  So, this project (or should I say phase of the project) became more of a port: port the existing site to the new design with some important new features.

And most recently, my “boss” took a 12 day vacation (I’m coding, he’s supposed to be writing content). The site is coming along nicely, the majority of the coding is complete. But, we have a LOT of content to re-work / develop.  I hesitate to put a new “launch” date on this; because, the content is out of my control.  But, I hope it will be @ Febuary 1st.

On my side project, I have only myself to blame:

I was making great progress until Thanksgiving, and then, I let the holidays get in the way. On top of that, I have been having second thoughts on the platform I chose (Ruby on Rails).  And lastly, I have gotten involved in 2 other side projects.  All three of these side projects are true to my core beliefs and I am committed to getting them going early in the New Year.

(And apparently becoming an EXPERT in time management.)

Finally, I didn’t blog all that often, and for that I apologize. I will do better next year!

No time to post tomorrow, as I have a fabulous NYE party to attend!  Happy New Year!

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2 thoughts on “Best Laid Plans

  1. I know at least one of those side projects will be off to a healthy start soon, can’t wait. Chin up on the work front, and good move not risking your search engine ranking!

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