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Tuesday, December 09, 2008
I'm All a-Gushing w/ Love For You
& a Lil' Holiday Present for Me, too
Hey, happy holidays all! Thank you all so much for sharing such an amazing year with us here at the Isotope!
I really honestly can't think of a better year for my business. The shop has been perpetually hopping, we've been swamped with a ton of amazingly great press, reviewers on Yelp have literally brought tears to my eyes, and that trifecta of "Best of 2008" awards from The SF Guardian, The SF Weekly, and San Francisco Magazine certainly made our collective Isotopic hearts soar. I met a ton of new people this year that I think are really exciting additions to the Isotope community, and also have to raise my cocktail glass in honor of all the reoccurring Isotope lovelies who have made the last 7 and a half years the best years of my life. You really have made my wildest funnybook shop dreams come true far beyond what I could have ever hoped to ask for! I'll continue every day to try to let you all know how much that means to me.
So forgive my sappy gushing, and allow me to express my deepest gratitude to all of you for gifting your friends here at the Isotope a true "joyeux noel" that I will always give thanks for. I adore you all!
There is one thing that's been getting me down all year long though...
And that's the Isotope's home on the web. What the hell happened to it? I did a slightly gorgeous redesign last November, but to be frank, I was reaching just out of my range of HTML ability and I turned to some wrong folks for assistance getting it built. Then the blog software I had the Communique hosted on crapped the bed back in March, and even the simplest of updates became a several-hours-long hair-pulling process. Whoo-boy, let me tell you, it made for a pretty frustrating year! Now I can't even look at that sexy new site redesign without getting seriously depressed. Because both you and I know that it shouldn't really take a year (or even six months) to build a new website, should it? It's not like the damn thing was supposed to go to clean your house in the morning or make famous people think you're cool for the boots you wear or even give you some sexy Martin Emond makeover every time you looked at it. It's just a @%$#ing website!
(long, slow, relaxing breath)
Anyway... I have some new tricks up the sleeve that will ensure 2009 is a happy place on the web for me and for this website. And I think I'm potentially working with some really great people on it. But it's the holidays and they are busy with their own lives right now. And good lord am I just sick of waiting around for something to happen. If 2008 taught me anything it's that waiting patiently gets you nowhere.
So I've gone in with my chewing gum, duct tape, and random bicycle parts and fixed the old site by hand. Please don't look at the site's code, all of the electronic guts are hanging out and it's a real mess. But at least we have something that works! The random design breakage that popped up last week is gone, the blog is at long last updateable without giving me an ulcer or making me think of internet suicide, and that oh-so long-dead RSS feed is working once again. Cos, dammit, it's time. Yes, I agree, I hate this version of the Isotope website too. I won't be happy until I can put a bullet in the gun and put it down like Old Yeller once my new site is up. But until we arrive at that mythical day in that far-off land, I think it's high time that I start enjoying the internet and having fun with the Isotope site again.
Expect to see things much more enjoyable 'round here... starting now.
Here's to December!
Labels: thanks, web2.0