Monday, 27 December 2010

Google and other random additions.

Well our website finally hit page 1 of google today, (also bing and yahoo but only google really counts) so pretty happy about it. Of course the old site is still above. Will take a bit for us to pass them as they been around a couple more years. This is great news for promotion and with the changes I'm working on means interesting things coming 1st quarter of the new year.

Busy day at work today, usually busy days go fast but today didn't. 15 mins for lunch as we didn't have time for more, which is a bit evil but I checked my emails on my lunch to find one from Tuomas which always makes me happy and hyper, that helped continue with the rest of the slow working day.

I am on sorting out the February project this week (Thursday/Friday) as off work those days, and I will be starting to get London fan gathering timetable/member lists coming finalised in the next fortnight.

Not much more to report as most of the things I'm doing are work in progress, so I will add as things progress.

Sleep well all

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Xmas is the sales begin

Well Christmas came and went for another year. I had the typical family Christmas- eating as much as you can in one day.
Ethan is still too young to understand but he enjoyed playing with all his new toys, I once again was resident taxi which meant for the 6th year running no drinking for me. Next year I plan to have Christmas at my house and people can come to me for once :)

Boxing day sales start in most of UK shops today, mine included. So we braced ourselves for some onslaught and got nothing but crap through the doors. We were busy, but the quality was not there so when checking what sales etc you did they looked pathetic. To top it all, when handing the customers over to pay; the cashiers we give the customers to were not putting the sales under our names... less money showing on our reports. 3 more days to go.

On a website note, Tuomas got some lovely birthday messages so I will have to let him know and give him access to that thread on forum if he wants to read them. Also huge thanks to all the PM's and emails I got wishing me a nice Christmas- the love and support of the fans is overwhelming.

Right now I just got home from work so I'm sat, feet up and watching Charlie and The Chocolate factory. Amazing Johnny Depp in it, so funny.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Healthy again

After a week of feeling pretty rotten, I'm finally healthy again. I've never had flu so bad that I could barely even stand which was annoying with me just starting a new job.
It's going to get very cold and heavy snow in UK again over this next week. Looks like we will have a white Christmas after all!

I don't have a whole lot to report website wise except I had to get a captcha system installed. I know it's a pain but we have some annoying shopping site bots posting spam and some were not really suitable for under 18's to read. Hopefully this will stop them :)

I'm still hunting for more people to get involved in our February project, we are doing ok but few more would be nice.

So upcoming this next week we have Tuomas' name day, Christmas and of course Tuomas' 34th birthday. Busy week heh

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Today was suppose to be relaxing but...

plans never work out do they?

Well my bad day started last night actually, the server for the website had a critical error and went offline. Things happen I thought, but got out of bed this morning and our website was still down. Typically this server error hit our site the hardest and deleted our database, so this started the day perfectly with a frantic call to the host tech support.
So about 2 hours later we finally have it back up and running, one hitch the only backup that survived was from the 4th of December. We lost over 25 new member registrations and 100's of forum posts, yes both can be replaced but it's still annoying.

The next thing which got me riled up was the following. Being at work yesterday I was not in the house to accept a parcel too big to be delivered. The mailman put a note through the box to say it will be taken to the local post office and I can collect there, fair enough. I went this morning and stood in the queue for about 15 minutes until finally my turn. I handed the card to the women behind the desk who looked through the pile or parcels behind her then looked elsewhere, another 15 minutes later she came back with "Sorry I can't find it". I said to her it was not acceptable and she just shrugged her shoulders at me, so I was expected to just walk away and try again later.

On a positive note: Hans Zimmer received his star on the walk of fame yesterday. About time to be honest.

Hopefully my next post will be more uplifting

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Snow, Hockey and more snow

Well it's the third day I have been practically "snowed in" at home. This morning involved waking at 6:30, digging the snow away to be able to open my garage door..15 feet later of driving and the car got stuck. So I gave in, came inside got hot cup of coffee and all is well. As I type this we have yet more heavy snow and its -4 at the moment.. I don't think I will be going anywhere today.

The snow cannot dampen my mood though as I'm planning a little something special on our website after chatting with Tuomas last night. Some people ask me what do we email about, well mostly.. Ice Hockey. We found it's a common interest so always good to chat about something not work related.

Don't forget we have our London meeting coming up and check our forums for some things we are arranging.