SxSW. Apart from meeting a few people whom I've only mailed with until now, I hope that visiting SxSW and doing my own thing there will bring back my sense of fun when it comes to web development. I'm recovering from a serious loss of motivation.">
I will arrive in Austin on Tuesday, 6th of March. I'll probably have a jet lag that day, so I'll go to bed pretty soon. On Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th, though, I might have time for a bit of socialising before the conference starts. If you're in Austin on one of these days and know the places to be, drop me a note.
In fact, for a period of about two weeks in mid December I seriously considered quitting the web development business altogether. Meanwhile I decided not to, partly because my feeling of fun is slowly returning, and partly because I don't have the faintest idea how to earn money outside the web business.
Anyway, I worked far too hard in 2006. I estimated that, from October 2005 to June 2006, I spent six months on writing the book, and another six months on commercial jobs. Trying to squeeze twelve months of work into nine months of time can be done, as I proved, but you need a nice break afterwards. Although I'd planned a huge seven week holiday, I succumbed to QuirksMode.org once more and spent the larger part of that time on the redesign and content updates. Then it was back to work, although in a less hectic pace. When mid November came around, I found that I just didn't want to continue any more.
As I said, my feeling of fun is slowly returning, and in the last two weeks, when I did some small jobs I found that I enjoyed them again, just a little bit. Nonetheless I'd like to change my focus a bit from hands-on programming to a kind of consultancy/advisory role. Unfortunately I don't have the faintest idea how to do that, shouting "Hey, I'm a consultant now!" to the world at large is unlikely to work. On the other hand, there has always been a sort of magic at work when it comes to procuring clients: when I think "I'd like to have such-and-such a job", within two weeks an actual client arrives at my doorstep who offers me money for exactly such-and-such a job. Let's hope the magic doesn't let me down this time.
This entry rambles a bit. Too bad. A rambling QuirksBlog entry for once. See some of you in Austin.
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