Well its been a while since I last posted and there are a few reasons. Firstly the most obvious reason is that with covid taking over the world life got a little crazy with clients reorganizing staffing and workloads changing. On top of that I just lost the motivation to keep posting, which is something I think everyone can relate to with constant lockdowns and the never ending litany of bad news.
This january though I had planned to get back on schedule and started writing again; then my server crashed in a pretty spectacular way. Despite my best efforts I was not able to get it back to a stable condition and lost about a months worth of draft articles. Fortunately I had recent backups made of my database so I didnt lose too much in the way of work but it was a frustrating setback.
They say every cloud has a silver lining and this cloud was no different since it gave me the kick up the rear I needed to finish building my new more powerful replacement server :) which went online the weekend before last. I'm still working through my checklist but I think all the big ticket items are fixed and I also took the time to upgrade to the latest version of FW/1 so win win.
Well now that I have the server back online I've started thinking about the future of this blog in general. I don't have everything decided yet but here are a few of my thoughts.
Firstly its not been obvious but I'm not doing much cfml development anymore. The last 2+ years I've been transitioning to React development. In fact the last few weeks getting this blog back online has been the most cfml I've touched in over a year (other than working on FW/1). While I still enjoy cf as a backend language I've really come to enjoy React development. Also I've started to get more interested in Go and I've been dabbling with it on and off for a while now. I think this year my focus is going to be more on that.
Beyond moving away from cfml, I've also been finding that I don't have as much drive to post about technology as I used to. Im not decided yet but I'm considering changing the focus of this blog to my other interests maybe photography, sailing or just as a place to vent about the never ending stupidity of humans. As it says on the front, this site is subject to frequent changes.
Never fear though, I wont be deleting all my tech articles. Something that has annoyed me over the years is finding someone rebuilt their blog after a career change and that really useful article that solves my problem is now gone and I have to go digging in the wayback machine in hopes of finding it. If I do change focus what I will most likely do is split all my technology posts into a technology subdomain with a 301 redirect. This is if I make the change.
For now though I think I've rambled on long enough, so hope everyone's 2021 goes better than the last year.
p.s. You may have noticed I took some time to do a little cleanup of the site. It's amazing how just deleting things makes for a cleaner experience.