I have spent the past week or so away from the computer for the most part, and in doing so have had time to contemplate where I’m going in life and what my various online dedications mean to me. As a result of this, I have made some decisions to cut back on a huge chunk of responsibilities. Obviously this is, in part, due to pending sprog. However, it’s no secret that I’ve been spreading myself thinner and thinner and I’m beginning to lose the balance between being online and retaining my sanity.
Firstly, I will be getting rid of my fanlistings (contact me if you’re interested in ‘adopting’). It’s cute and fun to maintain these little cliques, but TFL’s annoying “you must update even if nobody joins” rule makes it more and more of a pressure. Of course, one can argue that I could run the fanlistings independently, but it becomes redundant when someone else is running exactly the same site with ‘tfl approved’ slapped all over it. I will still be involved in fanlistings for the sake of BellaBuffs, though.
I’ve dropped out of my position at CSSbake although have offered my continuing support as a guest/part time contributor because it’s a project I feel really strongly about and definitely see continued success in its future.
I’ve already implemented huge changes at the q*bee in terms of responsibility shifts and so on, and want to keep doing this. Not only does it allow other members to become involved in their club and shape it into something they want, but it increases ‘points of failure’… i.e. when I disappear for a few days on the spur of the moment (or because I’m in labour), nothing is going to fall over because people can carry on without me.
I will be contacting those who volunteered an interest in moderating rev.iew.me with regards to taking up those positions, but thankfully the site is pretty much independent (although could quite honestly do with me rolling out upgrades to jumpstart interest again). I’d be interested in teaming up with another PHP developer who is genuinely interested in helping to improve rev.iew.me, so if you’re looking to contribute to a project let me know.
tutorialtastic is… in limbo. Changes were planned but haven’t gone anywhere as of yet and I’m concerned that this is a valuable resource being wasted. Only I can deal with that, though. Need to cut my losses or get off my arse and get on with things. Gah.
Most importantly — and the point of this long and rambly entry — is this site. Jemjabella is my online identity. It is my metaphorical ‘baby’ and I really don’t want it to be usurped by, well… a real baby. That said, the site is too big for me to feasibly update on a frequent basis in its current form, and it shows in some of my old articles and reviews. I keep starting X cool new feature, only to give it up because of the stress of other drains on my time. In an attempt to make things easier for me to keep up with, I’m going to totally pull the site down and restructure from scratch. Anything that can be converted to a blog entry (reviews, articles, etc) will be, I will finally finish the blog (search, proper categories, using tags to their full effect, etc) and I will get rid of anything that either a) doesn’t get any hits or b) isn’t of any actual use.
My various scripts will be moved to a separate site where they can be properly maintained, supported, tracked, updated etc. Exactly where is to be confirmed, although the general consensus seems to be that they should go on jemturner.co.uk (currently forwarding here) in an attempt to build my professional reputation.
It’s a huge deal for me to relinquish control over a growing ’empire’ (for lack of a better word) and I’ve had debates in my head that’d rival even the best Pants Award drama. Nonetheless, I think this is the best for all sites, and all users involved.