What I’m Up To

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, thank you.

If you’ve wondered why I haven’t posted very much recently, I’m going to tell you. Some of this information is necessarily general, but I’ll fill in details as I can. First, it occurred to me when I wrote my recent debt settlement post that it would be helpful to find and confirm the legitimacy of various ways people can make extra cash on the side, or even start new businesses. I want to go beyond the usual dog walking, lawn mowing, etc. so I’ve dived into this project head first and hardly come up for air. Rest assured that I will post whenever I have somethings substantial to report on this project going forward. If have a a favorite way of putting extra dollars in your bank account, leave a comment and let me know what it is. If you’ve started a business in the last year and you’re willing to share things like start up costs and so on in exchange for the opportunity to be featured in a post here, send me your info via my contact form and I’ll get in touch.

I’ve also kind of dived off on a tangent a bit. I’ve decided to really dig into the guts of the WordPress, Joomla and Drupal content management systems (CMS) so I can bend them to my will. This idea came up partially as an offshoot of the above extra cash idea (lots of freelance programming gigs available for those with technical know-how) and partially from the need to build a site with certain functionality that I’ve had some trouble with when using Drupal 6 in the past. Since the trouble I had was partially from lack of an existing module that did what I needed in Drupal, I never took the time to actually write a module to get exactly what I needed. Drupal 7 is out and it brings some pretty significant changes to that platform, so I decided to really roll up my sleeves and get dirty with all three platforms. I’m chronicling the whole experiment at http://www.cmschallenge.info. That site is set up with a more or less static home page and each CMS is set up in a sub-directory under that. Click the link to whichever platform you’re interested in and you can read about where I’m at with that platform. Who knows, this might even spawn a side business for me.

So that’s what I’m up to over the last few weeks. I haven’t gone away, and I don’t plan to.

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