…is my health. My health, damnit! I’ve been holed up in bed pretty much non-stop since Saturday because somebody infected me with a bloody cold. What is it with the stream of shit I’ve been hit with this past week or so? Food poisoning (or stomach bug, whatever), then my period [shudder] and now this. All this crap made me miss Annual Q*Bee Blog Day!
Talking of which — sorry, you don’t escape from it that easily — December 15th was that day of the year where everybody cool blogs about the quilting bee. I’m not going to bother twisting your arm to tell you how great it is this year: I don’t have the time or the energy to fight the stereotypes or correct the rumours. Plus, there’s all the other participants who will do that for you. Instead I want to quickly mention all of the things I worked on this year (with the help of my ‘programmer bees’) as a record of my own achievements.
Firstly, and while not a big deal it shows I’m not always a tightass, I took over the financial side of the club. I moved the hosting to Site5 for two years, and renewed it for about 3 years. The move to Site5 meant that some real work could finally be done on the site, because GoDaddy was absolutely useless. Bubs and I then set to work implementing the core functionality that we have now. And boy is it functional!
To put it into perspective, you have to realise that about 4-5 years ago the bulk of the site (with all of its 400-500 members) was ran and controlled by Kimi via a single .txt file. That’s where the member info was kept, who had won what, who wasn’t trading and who was, etc. While I helped Kimberly code a primitive PHP backend to control basic member adding/deletion after she took over, my lack of time and experience — not to mention problems with GoDaddy — meant that it was never finished to my standards.
90% of the site is now database driven. You sign up, you’re in the database. Made a member? In the database. Sent an e-mail? Via the database. Give an award, a mushroom, points or even ooh a warning? All using the database. It makes updating and maintaining the site a lot easier, and manageable with a full time job. It also allows me to control the new referrals, our special points system, permissions, updates and who knows what else we managed to add!
There are still things (a lot of things) that need finishing, and I need to find better ways to manage contests and activities because they’re incredibly time consuming, but generally the club has come leaps and bounds ahead (technologically speaking) of what it’s ever been before.
So what else do I want for Christmas? Continued success of our club and the good health and cheer of the members. Because I’m nice like that :)