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New Year, New Website.

Published on 1st January 2018 by Simon


Happy New Year! As much as you may think, I'm not writing this before midnight at the tail end of 2017, I'm having a very lazy day on the 1st of January 2018 and this is one of my last jobs I have to complete before taking Una to bed and finally putting my feet up for the rest of the evening.

As 2017 finally comes to a close, I thought it was about time that I committed to a beautiful new website. I used a basic template from www.html5up.net and then spent some time transferring content from my old server onto the page that you are now reading. It can be very beneficial doing something like this as you get to see all the mistakes that you may have missed when you were coding your previous site.

It's also very cathartic doing some online spring cleaning. Out with the old, in with the new being one example - I've deleted a great deal of older content and have embellished on the new by adding Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), meta data (this is an ongoing task though, it won't get completed any time soon) and updating a blog post or two with more relevant content. It's also something that I've been meaning to do for a really long time, ever since the Royal Navy & Marines project went live, and now I've done it, I'm really glad that I have.

I don't really believe in New Years Resolutions to be fair, if you live your life in a specific way or manner, then thats they way in which you live it. Change doesn't happen very often. However, it is my 40th this year and I'm really excited about it, weirdly enough. Perhaps getting this new site up and running as quickly as I have is an indication of how things are going to go for the next twelve months or so! We'll see.

Whilst I'm aware that I'm swiftly going off topic, I do have a small string of resolutions (despite what I wrote in the last paragraph) and they are based all around my health as one begins to question their own mortality. Anyhoo - this makes interesting reading; Time.com have come up with a list of the top ten most commonly broken New Year's resolutions;

  • Lose Weight and Get Fit
  • Quit Smoking
  • Learn Something New
  • Eat Healthier and Diet
  • Get Out of Debt and Save Money
  • Spend More Time with Family
  • Travel to New Places
  • Be Less Stressed
  • Volunteer
  • Drink Less

Anyway - I digress. Putting this site together has been incredibly rewarding and whilst I may have rushed parts of it and ignored some key professional responsibilities over the festive period, I'm very happy with the outcome. I've been known to keep changing my mind with my web content as time goes on - I get bored of things very easily indeed and I revel in change, however I've got a good feeling about this one. That, and the fact that I'm getting a little lazier in my frail dotage whilst being more aware of the nagging voice in my head to complete the pile of marking that I've got sat in the corner of my mind, ,y own deadline is looming!

I'm signing off. It's been an emotional year, I've got a great deal of things to do and an even bigger list of people to see so I should probably get on with it. Much love. Pykett out.