So, what am I doing when I’m not giving the HTML WG a bad time?
I’ve been putting together a Hire-me page, as well as a page for my books. Both are linked in a new sidebar item, along with links to my Amazon Wishlist, and to donate to help defray the costs of my sites via Paypal. I’m also actively looking for ads, but I won’t use the ad services, primarily because I’ve not seen one yet that doesn’t adversely impact on the speed with which pages are loaded.
I don’t expect much activity from some of the links. The Amazon wishlist is mainly for fun; to give you a peek into the inner workings of my capitalist self. However, if anyone would like to get me that new Macbook Pro I have listed, I wouldn’t say no. The same with the Paypal link, which I’ll probably end up removing. I always do.
I’m hoping for static ads, such as those at This Tasmania. For this to succeed, though, I really have to be more active with my other topic-focused sites. Spending my time giving the HTML WG a bad time doesn’t pay the rent.
Unfortunately, even with the support I’ve received from some longtime readers, my books aren’t selling as well as I would like. Or need. I’ve had good reviews for Adding Ajax, but sales have been sluggish. I’ve also had good reviews for Painting the Web, but I think the book is having a hard time finding its audience. And I need to spend more time writing on graphics. I get sidetracked so easily. Isn’t that the way it goes?
With all of this, my coffers are shrinking at a rather alarming rate. So, I’m actively looking for other work, including tech reviewing, writing shorter works, such as articles and tutorials, as well as development effort. Currently my hire-me page lists general skills, but I think I’m going to re-purpose it to supporting WordPress (notice the correct use of capitalization?), and Drupal, only. To that end, I’ve installed a new WordPress weblog, which isn’t ready, yet, to go live. I think focusing on just one or the other is unnecessarily limiting, but also believe trying to support additional applications means I wouldn’t be as proficient with both as I would like.
Drupal is a natural, because it is a complex content management system, and still the primary application I use with my sites. However, WordPress now supports Atom 1.0 out of the box, and I think has an improved administration interface. Besides, many of my friends are WordPress users, and I like being able to help them when I can. And, both scratch a different tweaking itch.
(By “both scratch a different itch”, I mean Drupal and WordPress. I have more than 2 online friends. And we live too far apart to scratch each other’s itchy parts.)
Other than all of this activity, nothing much going on. it’s miserably cold this week. Brrr.