DonkeyMagic

HTML, CSS and stuff

Richard Stephenson, freelance website design & development

First post of the decade

Well we are starting a whole new decade and lots of things have been happening in my life since I last posted I thought it was about time I got around to telling you all about what's been going on.

So what has been happening?

The big things first

I have left AWA, moved to Manchester and returned to the world of freelancing.

I'm currently working for a large agency in Manchester on a website for a well known kitchen company.

Why? Well I'd always said to myself that I would only stay in Leeds for 2 years. 4 years later I was really ready for a change and a new challenge.

And some of the small things

I've recoded this website in HTML5 and jQuery. I've been using jQuery for all my JS development for the past few years now so it was about time I re-factored some of the legacy code around here. I've also taken the opportunity to try some HTML5 development. I still don't know if it's a good idea and I certainly wouldn't use it for a client website just yet.

Little brother Jimmy has still not found a wife. Neither have I.

My youngest cousin Phil has just turned 21. That makes me feel old.

I've started going to the Northern Digitals meetups in Manchester and have bumped into many old faces and met lots of great new web people too.

Now I'm freelancing again I wanted a better way of keeping track of my business finances. A bit of searching led me to the brilliant FreeAgentCentral. It's really made things easy. I'll write a full post/review sometime soon.

Also I'm back in training and once I've got my body back into shape I shall be testing myself by doing something mad like the Sahara Race.

And what's next?

Lots more freelancing :) I'll be available for more work from the end of January.

Writing more stuff for my blog - don't think I can do 52 but will try do one a month at least.

I'm in the process of implementing some alternative CSS styles for this site, and a neat little JS switcher to swap between them. Kind of pointless but fun none-the-less.

I'll also be adding comments functionality to the blog so you can leave me your thoughts and abuse.

And a couple of side projects that I've been planning for a while should see the light of day before too long. One promoting Manor Farm Cottages and another top secret email marketing related 'thing'.

Categories: Stuff