“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 www.buytough.com), 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 asp.net. 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!