March 3rd, 2009


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As many of you know, I've been busy on a project at work to rewrite and compile all the web content for the Directorate I work for. That amounts to around about a third of a seriously large website. This is because there will soon be a new council website and this was a great chance to get it right from the start. My involvement began back in the heady days of last summer when it just seemed like a lot of work a long way off. But time has that disturbing habit of ticking by. Very soon, or so it seemed to me, we were having very aggressive deadlines imposed on us and an awful lot to get done in a fairly short time. And time still ticked away.

It is because of this that I haven't been the best LJ friend in the world for the past few months, and I apologise again for that. I know that I've explained the 'whats, whys and wherefores' before; that I haven't been able to comment as much as I would like, or indeed post as often as I did before and asked people to bear with me, that I would return to normal once the bulk of the work was done. Most people have been very understanding, and I'm eternally grateful that I haven't lost people who are very important to me. Of course, one or two have chosen quantity of comments over quality, but perhaps they weren't the good friends I thought they were.

Well, things have moved on. We were set a deadline to get all the content written and put into templates ready to be uploaded onto the new site. That deadline was the end of this week. I am delighted to be able to report that I got finished at the end of last week. Mine was the first chunk to be completed. I'm really stoked about that. Having said that, this week I've been trawling through the current website double checking that nothing has been missed. As far as I can tell, it's done. That's the end of stage one. The next stage is to be trained to use the new content management system so that I can go into the uploaded information and create all the links, check that everything is as it should be, upload documents and images, and make sure that all the metadata works. That's another big job, but I don't know when it will start. The website is scheduled to go live at the beginning of June, at which time there will be fanfares, celebrations and a huge pile of relief on my part.

So, because there is a bit of a lull in procedings, I'm off to Ireland on Friday to explore, take photos and generally relax. I'm beginning to get just a little excited. The flights are booked (Bristol to Cork with Aer Arran). I have a car booked at the airport and some accommodation booked too, so all I have to do is get there and have a whale of a time. I'm very grateful to a few of my LJ friends (you know who you are) who have come up with some brilliant suggestions for things to do, places to see and sights to look out for. It should be good, and I'm really looking forward to being there and putting right the fact that I've never been to such a large and important part of the British Isles. Ireland is an open book for me and I want to write those first few chapters. Now all I need is some decent weather.

I would just like to thank you all for sticking with me over the past few months, it means a lot.