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500th Post… Who Would Have Thunk It?

Published November 2, 2010 - 4 Comments

I’ve been holding off on this post because I believed that it would be the unveiling of a completely redesigned WhatAboutStephen.com.  The idea was to hire a professional team of web designers to do a complete overhaul, and make it look… well.. pretty!

Guess what?

As often happens in life, things didn’t go as well as planned.  After settling on a development team, it was brought to my attention that the scope of work required was far beyond the budget I had allocated for the project.  Now I understand how businesses and governments get stuck with cost overruns.  But rather than suck it up and increase the budget three-fold, I opted to cancel the project, and take a much smaller financial penalty for backing out.  (This money goes to the employment finder website… not the worker…)  At the end of the day, there are no hard feelings on either side, and I learned a valuable lesson in preparing for outsourcing projects.

So, for now, I’m flying solo again.

Which brings me up to the topic of the day.  This is my 500th published blog post!  Who would have ever thought that I would reach this point?  Sure, there are many blogs with far more (and better!) content… but that’s not the point.  Most bloggers have a tendency to lose steam after their good intentions run dry.  Yes, there have certainly been periods of inactivity with this blog too, but I always seem to come back to it.  And somewhat more surprisingly… so do many of my readers.

WhatAboutStephen.com has undergone many changes since it first debuted.  Some people may remember that it used to run on the Blogger platform.  I upgraded to WordPress last year and have been extremely happy with that decision.  My only disappointment is in losing the posts that I had already published as a Blogger site.  Had I kept those, I would have reached the 500th post long ago.  More importantly, it would provide a complete picture of how the blog has evolved over time.  Not much I can do about that now.  They’re gone, and they’re not coming back.  It’s time to carry on…

I’m curious to see what happens in the next 500 posts!

Before I sign off, I want to post a picture of a comic that I stumbled onto very recently.  I’ve mentioned the artist’s blog before.  The comic is called Happy Sad.  I really wish that I could meet this guy because everything that he comes up with… well… just read this…