First, I have said that I will be gone for at least a few weeks and I'll make a decision during that time about if I am coming back or not. I have backed away and told the moderators they can come up with things for the site. I noticed that my daily forum subscription email is filled with material from the moderator's board, so it looks as though this may have been what they needed to get moving on some ideas. Since I'd already said I thought 2012 should be a time for change at the site, I suspect they were already thinking of stuff, but now they appear to be acting on those ideas.
It's going to take more than changes though. Not only acting on them, but taking care of new ideas as well, which means encouraging people to take part in whatever activities are up. Not just posting about them, but going in and joining as well. That's something I stopped doing when I got too busy, and that's another reason why I decided to step back and reevaluate all of this. It wasn't just that people were complaining about the site -- I doubt a month has gone by without some complaint for whine about how things don't work the way they want. 9 years of that and a person can start seeing the 'delete site' option as far too reasonable.
However, bottom line, I still own the site so for the moment changes will still have to go through me, if for no other reason than I'm the only one who can make boards and move things around. Yeah, I really didn't think that one through. This does complicate things. I can't push it off on Mar because she's busy anyway. So I will try to come by the moderator's board on Fridays, see what needs to be done -- and yes, make final decisions on some of it.
Chat? We'll see in a couple weeks. Or maybe I'll get antsy as I get closer to finishing my last two big projects of the year and go there to celebrate. Right now I'm spending more time on things like DAZ newsletters than anything else, but once this last one is out of the way, I will have some time to write again. (The problem with the DAZ newsletter is that I have to go to the DAZ site and look at fun things. I haven't bought much of anything there in months, but suddenly I have about $100 worth of sale stuff in my wishlist. Ugh.)
I need to get Vision done as well! That's going to be on my agenda for today. Contracts and payments. Russ's check appears not to have turned up yet, but I've been holding on to funds so I can cover this. I did not put in a Schwan's order (that's my main food delivery), but I have enough to see me through until Russ gets home, though I see a lot of macaroni in my near future.
And Russ will be home the day after Christmas. That's six days from now. We'll be looking at more heating options. I'm tending towards hamsters on treadmills at the moment. Also good cat entertainment.
I have discovered again this year, that the closer it gets to the holiday itself, the less I really care about the lack of fun stuff. About Sunday was to the 'oh, just get it over with' stage which is actually okay. I start focusing on the things I should be, like you know -- Vision. I do have the workshop done and the basics of the layout in place. Almost.
First thing up to edit in January will be Set 2 of the 2YN classes. I am still not as certain about fiction, though. What do I want to publish this year?
Oh, and I need to get some more ACOA stuff done, too.
Yeah, I'm still going to be busy.