I’ve happily run this website for many years now – starting off as a personal blog before transforming into a semi-professional technology, then returning back to its roots again. However, things have changed and I’ve made the difficult decision to close this site1.
First of all, I’ve grown up and realised that people don’t necessarily want to read the personal thoughts (mainly rants) of a random person. Running it as a professional site never worked either as I never made sufficient money from it. I have a full time job and a family to support – I can’t jeopardise either on a whim.
At the same time as abandoning this site I will also be leaving my WordPress plugins (and WordPress generally). I loved developing these but they are all-consuming – just working on them over a lunch break was never enough and I found myself working on them when I shouldn’t be – again that all-important day job is the important thing here.
What I won’t miss are the attitudes of some people with regard to my plugin development. Only in the last week I had one person, requiring support for one of my free plugins, post twice on the WordPress forum, multiple times on this site’s forum (now closed!) and even email me within a matter of minutes insisting on immediate help. The latter is more annoying as the contact page (now closed!) states that it shouldn’t be used for support queries – even the automated email she got informing her of this didn’t put her off and she simply responded to this. People have been rude and impatient. I reply to everything and help as much as I can but that never is enough. Hell, I even fixed and published a new release of a plugin whilst on holiday a while ago (never again!).
I’d hoped that working in web development – particularly PHP and MySQL – and specialising in WordPress may have got me a new job. Certainly I’d hoped so as I love working with them. But a lack of commercial experienced was always my undoing.
So, no new job on the horizon and a lack of time to dedicate has been the spur of this decision.
I can now reclaim my lunchtime at work and enjoy the summer with some lovely walks. I wish everyone the best.
- for which I mean “abandon” – the site will remain up and available [↩]