New Site Design

Note: I wrote this last night about 1:00am and just realized at 7pm, 18 hours later, I never hit publish…

After a couple weeks/months, I’ve finally gotten around to creating a design for my site. Hopefully it’s pleasing to the eyes, but either way, twitter me to let me know what you think. I created the design originally for my main site, then ported it over to a wordpress template for my blog here. Actually, you might have already noticed that the “Home” link in the top goes to jeffl8n.com, and the blog link is to… well… here, my blog.

Now that I’ve finished the design, I hope to spend some more time on these other projects (almost all of them not listed on my website yet) I have been neglecting.

New Blog Address

As you might have already noticed (because of the magic of Apache mod_rewrite), my blog URL has changed. I bought http://developerdad.com a couple months ago and wasn’t really sure what to do with it at the time. I had considered using it for a developer dad community site, but finally decided I would just use it for my blog. Perhaps in the future I will expand the site to be more than just my blog…

I still have http://jeffl8n.com and I’ll start/continue using that as my “web hub” or whatever you would call the central place you can find all of my online presence and projects. Right now it is just a link to my blog, but as soon as I get the design figured out, I’ll get it up and running.

(Re)Start a Blog

Well it’s 2009 and I’ve finally started blogging again… So, with it being the first day of the year, it only seems fit that I post about some of my goals for the year. (And gives me an excuse to cross one off already). Leave a few of your goals for 2009 in the comments.

Start blogging (again). I had a blog a few years ago that I posted on pretty frequently for a while. Then I got busy and I just dropped it and the domain name. I’ve wanted to start blogging again for a while, but just hadn’t taken the time to start the process of getting the domain names and hosting. I think blogging is important for anyone working in the computer industry because it helps you stay on top of things. So hopefully I’ll be posting some note-worthy things here in the coming year to help people besides myself.

Read more of the Bible. I’ve started reading a chapter from the Bible every night recently and it’s been going well so far. I just finished reading Ezekial, and if you’ve ever read it, you know it’s hard to comprehend so I’ve just started Psalms, which should be a little easier of a read. I want to read more of the Bible besides just one chapter a night, though. There are 1189 chapters in the Bible, so even if I read two chapters per day, it would still take over 1.5 years straight to read the entire thing. (I plan on reading the whole Bible, but that is a lifetime goal.) I read Proverbs recently and would recommend anyone, Christian or not, to read through it. A majority of it, as you can guess, are sayings that most people hear or say throughout their lifetime.

“Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.” Proverbs 10:12

Work out regularly. I’m sure this one is on most everyone’s New Year’s Resolutions. I started doing small work outs semi-frequently towards the end of last year. If you follow me on Twitter, you probably saw me tweet about hundred push ups. If you need a place to start, I would greatly recommend this program. You only do push ups three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday worked best for me) for six weeks. It felt great to do the exercises and the difference it was making. Of course since the program only goes for 6 weeks, you can guess what happened at the end… I’ve started doing pushups again the past few nights, but I would also like to do some other exercises to help the rest of my body, too.

Take more, and hopefully better, pictures. I’ve had a digital SLR camera for about 8 years now and it wasn’t till last year that I actually started working with the manual settings on the camera. Ever since starting that, I’ve had more inspiration to take more pictures. Since I don’t really do any post-corrections on my pictures, just adjusting the manual settings has made them look much better. I’d like to take many more pictures, and possibly even some that could be sold or used for someone besides myself.

Contribute to an open source project. I think contributing to something like an open source project is a great way to both become a better programmer and meet other people like yourself. I’m not sure which project I would try to help out, but I’m sure one will stick out at me sooner or later.

Finish (and start) some of the projects I haven’t made time to work on. I’ve sadly been neglecting a few projects that I’ve been meaning to work on for a while (one I started with someone almost 2 years ago). Hopefully we can get kicking on that one and a few others and get some products/services out there for people to use and enjoy.

Wake up at 5am, every day. Like a few of my other goals, I had been doing this for a bit last year, but stopped for one reason or another. I’ve changed my alarm so it is much more annoying and loud, which gives me extra incentive to turn it off so I don’t wake the rest of the family too much. This should give me some time to work on all of these things without having to forfeit anything on my final goal…

Continue to spend good quality time with my family. If none of these other goals get done because I don’t have time, that’s alright, as long as I get to be with my loved ones.