For those moments things don’t go as planned, remember you actually can stick a pin in it

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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays all. A short podcast this week on The Life Creative since it’s holiday season for me.

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday season for those that celebrate.

Hello Vacation, time to open the creators box

It’s end of year vacation time, which in reality means I can spend my time looking at my personal projects, to-do lists and ideas that I have yet to get around to this year.

So in other words, more content creation to share with everyone.

This week I started migrating my personal Web site as I mentioned previously, so monitoring of that continues, but you can also expect some videos and podcast episodes and maybe the odd live stream or two over the next couple of weeks.

I love this time of year to take on things as I feel like I want to without the pressure of ‘must deliver’.

I am also looking at https://castbox.fm/golive to try some live podcast audio, but I need to investigate it further first, this is a new site and service to me.

The migration begins for my home site.

I think I’m finally there and ready to start moving PeterWitham.com to it’s new look, and new technology stack. Totally rebuilt from the ground up and saying goodbye to WordPress.

For a long time I have had an issue with performance as the popularity of the site grew, so approximately 10 months ago I decided to explore a new avenue for the site and started work to learn and build with GatsbyJS.

Well, I am happy to announce that I think the initial rebuild is complete and you can try it now for yourself.

Old host and WordPress: https://www.peterwitham.com

New host and GatsbyJS: https://www.peterwitham.net

After I have performed some checks and balances, I will repoint the main domain name, but for now it is just the .net address.

This might be the hardest time of year for software developers. No matter if you work for a company, contractor or some kind of independent worker, everybody wants their projects finished before Christmas hits.

Why is is everyone thinks we are miracle workers? We deserve a holiday break as well you know.

Thanksgiving is over, long live more productivity

Last week I was so productive with videos, podcasts, coding, app work and blog posts all getting done that I worry this week will seem anti-productive. Fingers crossed!

Another wonderfully productive weekend. 2 Podcast episodes, live stream recordings of development and game play. What a great weekend. Love getting new content out to you all. Visit https://peterwitham.com for everything.

I have a new goal that I think I can get done before the year is out. I want to reach 500 commits on Github for the year, I'm currently at 418. I think I can do it https://github.com/grfxguru

Share and Show the Tech Love with Tower's Help

Not only do I love tech, but I love helping if I can. Tower, the Git client for macOS is helping charity and you can too, just like I did.

They have a blog post here all about it https://www.git-tower.com/blog/tech-animals

But to TL;DR it, show you’re favorite tech and support a charity at the same time.

Me…Well of course I went with Linux and Swift!

Yep it’s Sunday, and that means time to break out the Podcast gear and get some recording going. So glad I took the time to automate some of the process so I can just get down to making the content.

Almost my favorite Texas time of year

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As the temperature slowly, oh so slowly, starts to move downwards, I start to get excited for my favorite season here in Texas.

The Fall!

The colors, the sounds, the smells, the resetting ready for next year.

Added Site Search

Shout out to @custom and Miraz Jordan @miraz for the walk through on creating a search box for micro.blogs, you can find it here

https://custom.micro.blog/2019/06/17/add-a-search.html

Thank you!

Apple Music on the Web! Cool

I have an on and off again love with Apple Music, but I have to admit even I’m impressed and surprised to see Apple release the Apple Music Beta for the Web.

https://beta.music.apple.com/

So I’ve signed up again, the reason I always have a love/hate is the sync never seems to be happy, but if I just keep my library on the Web then that will solve the problem (I hope).

With Just a Little Time, Comes Creativity

This weekend in the US, we had a holiday. This means I got an extra day to stretch my brain.

The wonderful thing about this extra day is that I was able to clear my backlog of tasks, emails and all the other stuff that normally takes up the day. I was able to take care of all that and give myself a bonus day to create and play.

To me, that means breaking out the camera gear and having some fun.

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So with that, I dived in and decided to just let the ideas come to me and have no rules or restrictions. Normally I have limited time to commit to the fun things, so I have to structure and plan them a little, but not this time.

So what came out of it?

Great question, well. I ended up with a couple of shots that have given me a chance to start an idea and then move it further, so I’ll be revisiting them but for now, this is where we ended up.

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The last shot, the Marshall amp was shot on my iPhone believe it or not, but it was made extra interesting and creative thanks to using my favorite additions of the Moment lens. I used the Wide Angle to really make the lines feel infinite and let the closer distortion play with the shapes.

You can find the moment range here for iOS and Android phones.

Digital House Keeping and Planning Ahead

In the later part of every year, I like to regroup my workflows and online presence, this gives me a chance to reflect upon any changes that I think are needed or may make things better for the next year.

A few thoughts have been crossing my brain so far, and this is my little checklist of thoughts to complete. I am sharing them in the hope that they might provide you a way to approach doing the same. It is all too easy to forget all the things we did throughout the year that maybe need to be revised.

Dedicated Content and General Posting

This I admit is a convenience move on my part, firstly it reduces the amount of domain management I have to do. There are times that it gets easy to loose track of what content goes where and the thought of ‘Did I post that?’

Having my non-dedicated sites in one location will help, I tend to think of my general posts as long form tweets. Whilst things like my Swift content is better served being wrapped under my CompileSwift site, that does not mean you won’t find them mentioned here, but it does give one solid home for those that are only interested in that stuff.

Pick and choose the right projects for next year

Like many of us I’m sure, I have a lot of projects in many different states. Whilst I am happy that I’m managing them correctly thanks to the workflows I have put together over time, I do feel that a couple should move to the ‘some day maybe’ list rather than occupying time on my creative calendar right now.

Do more Podcasting

If there is one thing I feel I have really embraced this year and discovered a real love for, it’s creating Podcasts.

I am most certainly not the best writer, and I find that I can spin my thoughts and discussion topics into Podcast episodes a lot quicker and a lot more precisely than I can when I struggle through writing some down.

I have no intention of slowing the blogging, but I will be choosing the best medium for the topic.

For example, I have been overwhelmed by the success of my CompileSwift Podcast that talks about Apple’s Swift programming language. It started as an idea, and then gained more traction than I expect in such a short time.

I also love making the Geezers Who Game and Code Podcast with my good friend Newms. Being a hugely long time game player, it is greatly entertaining to sit and discuss it with another avid gamer.

Make More Videos and Tutorials

Making video tutorials is another passion of mine, I love to share what I learn as a way to give back to communities that have helped my career grow to what it is today.

I have a game plan to make videos on a more consistent basis and get them out there. This year I learned that creating a series, or almost mini-course has proven popular with viewers.

Return to a Passion that started it All

There is one thing that I have neglected terribly this year. My photography has suffered a lot this year due to time constraints and bad planning on my part.

I have been a die hard photographer both amateur and professional since my teenage years (yeah we used film and liquids back then). This year, I think I have taken less photographs than any other year and there really is no excuse.

My goal is to return to this passion and rededicate myself to creating new works and re-entering the communities that I was such an active participant in.

If you are interested, you can find my Photography at https://peterwitham.com/photography

So this is my initial thoughts for the next few months of planning. Fingers crossed!

Back to the best

After trying out a few platforms, because we should never settle for something without trying others as well.

I'm back!

I'll probably write about my thoughts on the others I tried but I don't want to make this a negative post.

The positive side is that micro.blog just works the way I want to and without all the foo foo.