It has been about a year so far since I have written anything substantive in this blog. Yet, over the year, I have actually started on writing a number of blog posts that have never materialized. I think that there are a few reasons...
(1) Although I have been treating this as a personal blog, I felt the quality of my writing had to improve, which means spending more time composing and editing.
(2) A number of posts were going to be about the technology underlying my product, and, since there was still more work for me to do, I felt it too soon.
I still get mail about NStatic. I am still developing NStatic, and will eventually release it. Due to health and fatigue, I have not been directly developing for half the year, following several years of non-stop 7-days-a-week development (on this and other products) and no vacations and little entertainment.
My quality of life is at this moment very low, probably equivalent to or less than that of a graduate student; my outlay is over $2K a month. My existence is mostly online. Though I live in the Seattle metropolitan area, I have probably visited Seattle proper at the rate of once or twice for each of the past few years. I needed to correct an imbalance in my life as it has hampering my motivation.
My hiatus began late spring after I accidentally poisoned myself by handling and absorbing thought my skin diluted household bleach, which sent me to visit the hospital, kept me bedridden for a few weeks and subsequently affected my productivity for the remainder of the year. I felt sore internally, and my focus and vision was significantly diminished. Faces and text became blurred that I began wearing glasses, but my eyesight improved over time and seems to have recovered recently after using Visine. On a related note in September, I also suffered effects of stomach ulcers from heavy use of caffiene after trying an energy pill. It wasn't a good year for my health.
I have continued to read academic papers, follow online courses, purchased books on the subject and follow development blogs. I spent some time thinking in a high-level way about my goals. I also started doing things within my limited budget that I cared about like this election, in which I voted and volunteered for Barack Obama, Chris Gregoire, Darcy Burner.
I am getting back to development. If I haven't delivered by the end of first quarter 2009, though it might reflect severe motivation as each delay is an expensive financial impact.
I'll write more posts, but they'll initially be short.