Although I am not a writer, I have still come across writers block for this blog. I always feel like I have a lot to say or write about, but then when I go to open up the blog, my mind goes blank. I am looking at moving the blog to a more generalized domain since this is not about the old “Earley Holdings LLC” that is was going to be about. I think that will be my main mission this month, to transition over to a new domain name that will not make me feel like I have to only stay with the business side of things.

I think I may have come up with my next blog post. Writer’s block from a developer stand point. So look out for the next post that will hopefully be about a new domain and some more blog posts.

With the holiday season starting to wind down I have started playing around with a few projects and a few development environments. I have been wanting to play around with Docker and found a nice little “head start” repo for PHP developer. If you are wanting to check out Docker and are a PHP developer, check out https://github.com/laradock/laradock and I don’t think you will be disappointed. As I start to play around with Docker I am sure I will work on my own setup, but for now, this one has worked out really well. If you know of any better starter kits, please let me know in the comments.

I have a few private projects in my GitHub account, but those should start to lead to some more public projects to share and to keep on my goal of having more public code. I have been approached for an outside project and if it becomes something interesting, I hope to be able to share that as well. I hope this will lead to some more material to post about!

I have been reading a few blogs posts that state that, as a developer, I should be keeping my own blog and my own portfolio of work that I do. The problem is, I can not always think of a great subject to talk about. I do feel like I am a very capable developer, but I am by far not a subject level expert. I believe the big reason for that is, I like to jump around and learn a little bit of everything. So this coming year I hope to start thinking of topics to write about and to find a way to narrow down a field of interest in development.

Another thing I hope to do this coming year is work on more projects that are not work related that I can start sharing and building up my personal portfolio of code. I am not going to code just to code, but try and find things that I like and maybe rebuild them in order to learn and maybe have something come out that could be of use to others.

My other mission, if I can find a way to pull it off, is to become a small business owner. I have spent the last few months researching existing business in there area that could use a person of my skill set to build them up again. They are older businesses that are doing OK, but don’t seem to have ANY automation in order to make their life easier. They are also not up to par on how to use social media to help market their business. The big obstacle I have had is, well, money! I have tried to negotiate on a seller finance deal, but the retiring owner wanted nothing to do with it. The SBA or the banks will deal with loans to buy or start a business either. If they do, they want your next three kids!

So there you have it, my main missions for the new year that is fast approaching! We will see what the future will hold!

I have decided to try something new when it comes to working on my PHP knowledge. I would like to think that I am a pretty good developer and can do anything that is required of me in my professional career. But there are times where I will try a silly little PHP test for a freelance site and realize that there is so much more that I don’t know because either I don’t have a need for areas of PHP or I don’t know of functions that could make my job a lot easier. So to help learn some of the other functions within the language I am going to try and learn a small section of PHP each day. I had thought about posting about those sections just to make sure that I am setting that time aside, but I am still not 100% sure if I will or not.

I have no idea how many, if anyone at all, reads this blog. But I created it for my own use as well as some of the projects that I am working on. So if I do post things that I am exploring that day within the PHP language and you find it useful, make a comment or send me an email and I will make more of a habit to add more posts to the site.

After doing some research and asking others for their suggestions on how they deal with scheduling, it appears the most common answer is to stick with digital for timed appointments.

I am going on my second week of using my Bullet Journal and the one part I could not warp my head around was events and their start/end times. I wanted to maintain things in one nice little place but that does not seem to be the best solution for me right now. I still have a analog calender that gets updated with events and their start/end time, but that is not included in my journal. I also keep my Google Calender updated with the events since all of my devices sync up.

It seems like I am adding things to different places which is not the most efficient way, but for now this is the approach I am going to stick with. It might end up where I just stay with the digital side of the house when it comes to future events and appointments to make use of the reminders that I get while sticking with just recording that the event occurred in my Bullet Journal.

So far I have enjoyed my journal and it has gotten me to re-think items that I place on my TODO list and I seem to get more things done with this method. We will just see if that contiunes as the year goes on and our life starts to get really busy.

I will  blame my wife for this, but I have started looking into the Bullet Journal methods of organization. I believe the geeks have been referring to this as the analog way of organizations and task management. Since I am very much a geek and have been trying to go paperless for a long time, this should be an interesting journey on my part since this is going in a completely opposite direction.  As I move forward with this I am going to try and share my adventures, for better or for worse, with anyone who is interested.

The reason I am trying to go analog is to see if this improves my productivity and if it will keep me better organized. The problem I face is I have a bunch of digital applications that share among my many devices, but I seem to build up a task list that never gets completed. I don’t know if it is the set and forget way that a digital version of a task manager works, but that is my problem. One of the things the analog method is suppose to help with is making you review and determine if tasks are still valid or maybe even give you a kick in the butt to get them completed. I realize that the digital versions can do the same, but with analog you have to migrate tasks to the next day or month. This in its self can make you look at the task and if it is still relevant.

We will see how long I go with this adventure and will try and share any tips or pitfalls that I come across and share it here for all the world to see. I have been trying to get into a steady habit of updating my blog and this may help with that as well.