Annual Beg: It's that time of year again!

Posted by Moogie on 20th September 2015 at 10:18am

Where does the time go?!

This isn't the update I was hoping to be giving you all at this point!

Believe it or not, I've been doing LOADS of work on SFC this year... or at least I was, earlier this year. I've been working a lot with WordPress on various work projects and decided it was about time to rebuild SFC with a more robust CMS than the one I custom built for it - the idea being that certain trusted SFCers would be able to help maintain and update the site, keeping things here a bit more alive and kicking. I started the rebuild in May and got really quite far with it, on the technical side - the layout still wants a bit of smartening up. I even got organised and kept a project management spreadsheet - look, all the green lines are areas of the site I completed and the red are those to be finished. Not bad eh?

 

 SFC rebuild 2015

 

Unfortunately work got really really busy in recent months and I just didn't have the energy to sit at my desk and keep staring at that screen for a hobby. I'm still not back to full health following my pulmonary embolism last year. I think the meds drain me somewhat too.

 

The new site is also going to be fully responsive - that is to say it will work beautifully on mobile devices as well as desktop computers. We'll see an update to the forums down the line too as I've been testing out the more recent patches and found some nice responsive themes I can work with so you'll be able to browse the forum more easily on the go.

 

Anyway, I thought to myself at least with being so busy at work I can pay the hosting myself this year. Well things never do go to plan do they? Car problems, vet bills and costly dental work soon put that idea out the window. 

 

So, time has run away with me again and I notice October and our yearly hosting invoice is looming. We've had a number of donations over the last year which mean we're already $60 towards our usual target. So, now it's $300 to raise in the next 10 days. Wish I hadn't left it so late, doh! 

 

The Shining series may not be everything it once was, but SFC will be great again :) Plus, my Shiny-senses have been tingling this year. It's been a long while since the series 'reboot' to the new team and format. Perhaps it'll have some kind of 'reset' back to the old school style in the coming years. Just a dream? Maybe, but gotta keep the Shining faith.

 

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