This has been my year to close many of the books I’ve had open for years, both literally and figuratively. Life moves so fast that if you don’t make a point to check off the annoying tasks that have lingered for far too long, you’ll never get around to them. I’ve checked off many things on my to-do list over the past few months, including:
- Finishing all of the updates to my house
- Getting all of my media streamlined and organized
- Combining my computer and PC into one HTPC network
- Backing up all of my data and making copies of my important documents
- Drawing up a Last Will & Testament
- Cataloguing my possessions and reevaluating my insurance policies
- Ridding my life of tangible items that possess no utility
- Catching up on the bestselling business books of the last decade
- Shifting my career toward the emerging sectors of communications
- Putting more effort into freelance marketing and web design
- Building a dedicated website for my freelance marketing work
- Building a new website for the wife’s creative sewing and crafts
- Moving my domains and hosting to a more reliable service provider
That last bullet point brings us to the problem you might have noticed recently.
As you may or may not know, I started this hobby blog several years ago as a public scrapbook for my own benefit. It’s a virtual repository for recipes, pictures, maps, designs, and anything else that I might desire to recall at a moment’s notice. I’ve built a decent following over the years, mostly by accident. Those people don’t want to hear about marketing and public relations, and that’s fine with me.
I’ve worked hard to keep a wall between my work and play as my website has evolved to cover both. But that wall has crumbled a few times during the implementation of a new website and the transition to a new hosting provider. Well, I’m happy to announce that the divorce with GoDaddy is final and the marriage to Bluehost is official. This has been a long time coming, and it will be an even longer time before I consider a transition like this again. I still have some wrinkles to iron out, but the hard work is done.
So, I apologize for the redundant emails about blog posts you’ve already read, and the broadcasting of business posts that you have no desire to read. That’s just a glitch in the matrix, so to speak, and it should be worked out now.
Thanks for sticking with me through this. And thanks for sharing so many of my activities and adventures with me.
NOTE: The remaining items on my 2012 to-do list include:
- Building the final two pieces of furniture for my house
- Getting the outside of my house and yard looking sale-worthy
- Becoming a more reliable (and creative) rhythm guitar player
- Acquiring a Fender American Standard Stratocaster and Blues Jr amp
- Upgrading my smartphone and integrating it with my home network
- Spending a weekend camping miles away from anyone else
- Painting a few pictures
- Sampling a wide assortment of malt and grain Scotch whiskeys
- Perfecting the art of liquor-cured gravlax
- Building a temperature-precise electric smoker
- Learning how to cure sausages like capicola, sopressata, and andouille
- Losing fifteen pounds and establishing a regimen to keep it off
Those last few bullet points might not go so well together, but life is full of contradictions.