Site News: Taking a Bit of a Break

Posted: May 12, 2008 Comments(14)

This website was named not only to provide a blatant posting schedule (something I feel is important to readers) but also to give myself a very public facing deadline ensuring fresh content on a consistent basis. I think I’ve lived up to the promise I made to myself in posting (what I consider) decent articles each and every week for about 120 weeks now.

I’ve been struggling to find the time lately to give my articles the time, effort, and attention they deserve, and I think the remedy will be a short time off while I reorganize a bit. It may seem a bit strange, but I’m a bit disappointed to be breaking the streak so late in the game, but I always knew it to be inevitable.

A few more details

As we all know too well, personal projects get left by the wayside when it comes to real life, and I’ve got a few that I would really like to get rolling. They’re nothing ground breaking by any means, just some items that will hopefully make your lives easier at least once or twice. There are also some things my company is trying to do not only for our own internal benefit but also the benefit of our clients which I’d really like to focus quite a bit more on. I use my personal experience as a primary inspiration for article topics on Monday By Noon, so a break will allow me to gather some great ideas for future article topics.

I’ve been neck deep in JavaScript for the past few months, and I’d really like to take things further with it. With people geniuses like John Resig releasing the ridiculousness that is Processing.js, I’ve been completely inspired to take some more time to evolve my knowledge.

It’s not that I’m too lazy or neglectful to focus on JavaScript as well as this site, I’ve been writing articles in conjunction with many articles for the past two years. The change here is that the past couple weeks have had an effect on the time I’ve been able to spend putting ideas and thoughts together, and I’d like to at least reorganize a bit to ensure that a level of quality is retained. At the end of the day, I don’t want to jeopardize the quality of content I post.

How long of a break? I wish I could say. This will be an open ended break, but I don’t imagine it lasting too long. I’ve got a number of things I’d like to write about on the site, the only problem is (as usual) a lack of time.

Regarding readership

What makes me most nervous about taking a break for a short time would be losing any of the loyal subscribers I’ve attained over the past two years. It would be my hope that everyone understands the need for a break sooner or later, but in the times of hundreds of unread items in your feed reader, I have no idea what’s going to happen. It’s my hope to use this quick break to plan out new article ideas, get some development projects underway, and participate more via the comment forms of the many websites to which I subscribe.

I’d just like to say that I hope everyone sticks around, and please feel free to leave any comments regarding a topic you’ve wanted to read about (or not read about); every little bit helps for ideas. Take care for the time being, I’ll be posting again soon!

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  1. You go ahead and take that well-deserved break! This is a terrific blog and I will patiently await your return. πŸ™‚

  2. Enjoy your break, you deserve it.

    Part of the beauty of RSS is that I can stay subscribed and if you don’t post, nothing happens. When you post again, I’m right back here with ya. I don’t go out and check sites all the time for new content–I let the content come to me. Hopefully RSS has caught on enough where you won’t lose many visitors from taking a break. πŸ™‚

    If, however, you wanted to keep things going on your hiatus, you could invite guest posters to fill in the gaps. Just a suggestion. πŸ™‚

  3. Enjoy, breaks are far to infrequent for the vast majority of us. I’m sitting here jealous now. πŸ˜‰

    Best of luck with your other endeavors in the meantime.

  4. If you hadn’t taken a break soon, I would have forced you to through my incredible power of “being able to force you to do things”.

    As everyone else said it, you deserve it.

  5. Ah, my boy has grown up so much in such short time! I remember when you told me the idea for the site and I laughed at the prospect of you posting on such a regular time-frame but you have more than proved me wrong. Enjoy your break!

  6. Why not find some people you know/other blogs to see if they would like to guest blog?

  7. Thanks guys!

    @Nicholas h: I don’t plan on taking a very long leave of absence, so trying to line up guest writers may not fit quite about yet. I’ve already got some things in the works that I wanted to take care of, and plan on returning sooner than later. Thanks for the suggestion!

  8. The great thing about RSS is that you basically don’t have to do anything and I will still read everything you post. πŸ˜‰

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