To be fair, I must admit that going on a four month hiatus during the off season isn’t all that uncommon for me. Njdevils.info certainly shows signs of neglect, DevilSphere just isn’t getting off the ground, the last post here At the Red Line was made as the regular season had just ended.
The last thing I want is for my web sites to become one of those pages that never get updated and no one knows why or what happened to the people that run them. (Seriously 2MA, nothing since December 22, 2010??) So here goes:
Right around the end of the hockey season, Wife and I decided we’d take a look at buying a house. At first it was, “Can we buy a home?” Then it slowly morphed into “How much of a home can we afford?” Slowly but steadily the idea of buying a house became a reality, until just three weeks ago when we sat and signed every piece of paper in a small conference room to become homeowners.
Since that time I have started more home improvement projects than I can count (notice the use of the word “started”) and, being the computer geek that I am, attempted to run network cable to every room in the house (in actuality I’m close to finishing 2 rooms).
My point here is that I’ve been a little busy. For the first time in my life, I’m mowing the lawn, cutting holes in sheetrock, attempting to replace a sink, and spending more up close and personal time with an attic then I’d care to admit. And while I’m doing all this work inside our new home, I’m also trying to maintain my 9-5 job, my side business (Devil’s Playground), spend time with friends and family, and still get 5 hours of sleep at night.
It soon begs the question, what will become of the njdevils.info Web Site Network? First, DevilSphere may be a lost cause. I really wanted to make that a viable forum for fans, but more time is needed to maintain and promote it than I have, by a lot. I will hold on to the domain as maybe down the road it’ll be a project I want to take on, but not now.
That leaves njdevils.info, At the Red Line, and the News Center. At the Red Line is easy, but I need to try to make smaller but more frequent posts. The News Center is pretty much automatic, but some maintenance work needs to take place and I want to try to get the article tools in working order. And finally njdevils.info…
Njdevils.info will never go away. Sure it’s appearance may change from time to time, and I may remove some features and add new, but severely unfinished ones without much notice, but it is the epitome of my life as a programmer, seeing what cool and interesting things I can make and have it be useful to some fans out there.
I guess without getting into each area of the site individually, all I can say is it is still a site I want to maintain, and will work on making changes as time allows. I spent some time last year working on appearance and underlying structure to make njdevils.info more web compliant and work on more browsers. I also cleaned up the NHL information area and made part of that actually useful. Now I just need to get the content it holds up to date. It will, it’s just a long process. But for as long as I can type, it will not shut down.