Getting Back to Writing

Apr 26, 2015

The need to write about my thoughts on business, design, hockey, client advice, and more has been a little more pressing. I had turned off the blog a while back as it seemed to garner low value traffic and spammers. I've decided to give it another run for a while with some ideas I plan to explore as a small web services "agency". I put agency in quotes as I'm decidedly different from most agencies in that I'm stubbornly small, refuse to take on the expense of an office for the sake of working somewhere else or the 'prestige' it would offer, and that I work with a small number of contractors that I trust instead of building headcounts.

So, now that I'm back, for now, let's get started on catching up:

First off, a big thank you and congratulations to Konrad Lindenbach. Konrad worked on a bunch of different projects over the last few years while he gained his Comp Sci degree at the U of A. He recently accepted a position with Microsoft and will be relocating to Seattle this summer. 

Our Clov Project Management for Concrete5 is now an open source project. I created the repository on Github today and updated the package on the marketplace to be free. There are a few small issues with the package and the latest version of PHP that need to be ironed out. Between that, the release of Concrete5.7, and a less than flattering sales count, it didn't make sense to spend money on maintaining the project further. Open sourcing it will let it take on a new life or die quietly in the corner. 

Coming up

I have a project coming up that will see work with a fairly large number of new small business clients in Edmonton. It's an exciting project for me and will involve giving a talk on small business website ownership and strategies. I'll share some information and possibly the presentation materials here.

I've got a few recent sites that I'll profile so you can see what I've been up to and I've been thinking about a short series on hiring quality design and development people, building/riffing on Mike Monteiro's "You're my Favorite Client". 

That's all for now. In the meantime, if you're here and reading, say 'Hi' in the comments and let me know what you're struggling with or what you were looking to find. 


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