What I’ve Been Up To

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Good afternoon everyone!

You’ve all been wondering what I’ve been up to these several months where I’ve been absent from blogging.  The truth is…I haven’t had much time to sit down and write.  Sure, I could have started something and then saved as a draft and keep adding as time progressed.  However, if I were to do that, I would have a novel on my hands because I’d have so much to say.  It wouldn’t be broken down and I’d have no viewers.  Not many people want to sit down and read a blogger’s novel.  🙂

So here’s a semi-nutshell story of my life so far over the past 9 months.

As many of you know, I was living in South Bend, IN for a couple years while my cousin was in school. We had a lot of fun together…and we hope to live together again sometime in the future.

Back in April of 2011, I took a job at my dad’s vet clinic as the IT guy.  I thought it would be a routine job of walking around the clinic and fixing computers.  Boy was I wrong!  In June, 2011, I found out we were going to do a massive computer software upgrade and change over from one veterinary management software to another!  The jump was so big, I’d compare it to jumping from MS-DOS to Windows 7!  Yeah, it was crazy!  We began implementation in August, the same day I moved out of my apartment in South Bend (yeah that was super crazy, driving to GR from SB only to go back to SB a couple hours later to finish moving out so we won’t get fined).  I found myself getting more busy each day.  We had a lot of preparation.  I found myself taking over most of the jobs our offsite IT people were doing which brought me to the role of IT director as well as director of Marketing.  We had a private training session with the top 5 key employee on the new software system back in September.  At the end of October, we went live with everything.  Our clinic is now totally state-of-the-art with digital lab equipment, digital X-Ray computer system, digital whiteboard, etc.

Now that the dust has settled and the employees are getting accustomed to the system, I now have time to work on some other things / projects.

I’ve been going up to our cottage more frequently this year (and last fall, winter) to chill up there and relax.  Although with new systems at the clinic means that I need to be reachable for computer emergencies and spontaneous updates.  And that’s why I’m glad I have AT&T cell service.  It’s the only provider that gets decent coverage at my cottage.  And with 3G data on the way in the next month or so, in addition to a higher tower, service will greatly improve for us!

I’m getting back into writing again.  I normally write fan fictions, but I’m looking at writing an actual novel with original characters and plots.  I’m mapping it out right now.  If all goes well, I’m going to see if I can get it published.

I’m getting back into photography.  I bought a new digital camera, which I really love.  I’ve been taking lots of pictures with it and having a lot of fun with the hobby.  But I also love taking pictures with my iPhone and uploading them to Instagram.  You can see a portfolio of sorts on my DeviantArt photography folder if you’d like to see what my interests are.  
I’ve been uploading a lot of videos I take on YouTube.  You can head over to my channel and check it out as well.  

I’m getting back into website creation / design again.  MobileMe (now iCloud) is shutting down its web hosting services next month.  I have been using iWeb to create my websites.  Since I learned about the switch to iCloud about a year ago and that certain services were being discontinued, I stopped publishing / updating my website.  I almost gave up on website creation all together at that point as well.  Then a couple weeks ago, I stumbled upon RapidWeaver.  Now, I’ve used it before, but I found it intimidating and a little more difficult to use than iWeb.  But with iWeb (probably) on its way out of the iLife suite, and MobileMe hosting being shutdown, I figured it was time to make a transition.  I removed all remnants of my old website from MobileMe, I downloaded RapidWeaver, and then I began searching for hosting.  It didn’t take me too long to find good hosting.  Javabeanhosting is my host now for my new RapidWeaver website.  If anyone reading this is using RapidWeaver and wants a host that supports RapidWeaver and is compatible with most, if not all RapidWeaver plugins, check it out here.  Gregg, the founder, is very active on Twitter and Skype and makes himself readily available should you have questions.  Here’s his Twitter Page.  My new and improved website is now live for the masses.  This blog is directly tied into the website, even though it is hosted at Blogger.  You can check out my website here.  If you have any feedback on my website or would like to get in touch with me, feel free to use the Contact Form on my site to get in touch with me.  I will be making updates to the site as time progresses, so please keep coming back!

Just a side note, an FYI, I used to run this blog over on WordPress.com under the old URL littlepoopmachine.wordpress.com.  I have deleted that blog and migrated everything over to Blogger.  The reason behind leaving WordPress is that it would have been extremely difficult to move a blog to my website and keeping it inline with my website theme using WordPress.  Plus, I wanted to synchronize my WordPress blog with my website.  Well that’s not possible with WordPress and RapidWeaver currently.  That’s why I moved to Blogger.  RapidWeaver has an awesome 3rd party plugin called RapidBlog, which allows me to blog from my website directly in RapidWeaver, plus synchronize the content / posts directly from blogger to RapidWeaver and my website and vice versa!  Very handy tool!  It (not the RapidWeaver plugin, but Blogger) also allows me to blog from my iPad and iPhone as well, which will come in handy at times when I travel without my computer.  I know you can do mobile blogging with WordPress, but again, I wanted blog synchronization on my blogsite and well as my website.

Well I think that just about sums up what I’ve been up to these past several months.  Feel free to check out these links and feel free to leave a comment as well!  It feels good to be back in the blogging community again. 🙂

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Hi Zach-

I’m glad you’re enjoying RapidWeaver and happy to have you on board at Javabean Hosting. If you have any hosting questions, please let me know!

Keep up the blogging and happy (rapid)weaving!


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