Another Year

Well it looks like I have done it again.  Gone a whole year without putting up any content.  It is interesting how Facebook and other social media platforms have changed the need to have and maintain personal blogs.  If you need to reach out to friends it is easier to just post something on Facebook.

What is going on now?  I have put all other plans on hold and gotten back into the web analytics world.  Which means Filemaker development is now back to just the little bit I do for Angelorum on a volunteer basis.  I am however working full time for Allrecipes.com/Meredith as the BI Analytics Manager.  This allows me to move away from Adobe Data Workbench (Adobe Insight, Visual Sciences) and into the main Adobe Analytics world, and I couldn’t be happier.  For the longest time I didn’t think analytics was the correct career choice.  That is why I went down the application development route with Filemaker.  Now that I am working in the main Adobe Analytics world I am learning a lot of things I never had the opportunity before.

Additionally I get to play around and test different analytics services, case in point this post.  I am investigating a plug in for wordpress to add a datalayer and pass information onto DTM and I want to see what the data looks like.  Which means this post is really so I can test how things work so I can apply that to my day job!

Yearly Post

Looks like I am not good at making posts on my personal site.  The last year has been busy trying to build a business and put food on the table.  Right now I have a full time job, a little FileMaker consulting and trying to build the WordPress hosting company I am doing with my sister Jill.  Check out practitionerinsight.com and valterasolutions.com for the hosting initiatives.  I also have a few sites for the groups I spend my free time on, angelorum.org, nwrally.orgpsrally.com.

Back into Filemaker

As of right now, I am pursuing the database development dream.  I am working with my sister on a few ideas to build services for lawyers.  I have also gone through a lot of training for a new application framework, Alpha Anywhere that will help me build a software as a service solution.  However out of the blue I get a call from someone I meet back at WaMu.

Have you ever gotten a call where you didn’t know the number but picked it up anyway.  I have done that a lot lately because my resume is out there so you never know who is looking for you at that moment.  Instead of the call being from a recruiter who matched a keyword to something on my resume, it was a call from someone I knew in a past life.

During the time I was working at WaMu, I was building a few solutions for Angelorum, the non-profit I volunteer for as the Technology Director.  WaMu was great because they paid you to volunteer 5 hours a quarter.  I used Filemaker to develope the solutions for Angelorum and I got pretty involved with the Filemaker community along the way.  I meet someone that also worked at WaMu and had built a nice application to do a pretty important task for WaMu and did it really well in Filemaker. The solutions I built for Angelorum are all still running and I still support them, but I have held off on developing anything new in Filemaker.

I have pulled away from Filemaker primarily because I would like to build web application solutions so I don’t have to buy so many copies of Filemaker for Angelorum, trying to keep expenses down as much as I can so as much money can go to our clients and not software solutions.  Unfortunately I haven’t worked with anything I like as much as Filemaker, so adoption of anything new has been slow.

Well that all changed on Friday when I got this call out of the blue.  He has a database consulting company and was looking for someone he could sub-contract some work.  What a perfect opportunity for me, just starting out with my new dream business.  It does mean getting back into the Filemaker ecosystem but a lot has changed since the last version I owned, v11 and I still like Filemaker better than anything else I have played with.  I just worry that it still isn’t the right tool for all the ideas I have in mind, but I am excited to see where this opportunity might take me.  Will Filemaker, Alpha Anywhere or both, be the software I focus on for my business?

Lotto Dreams

WA-LOTTOI know I don’t update this site much, and I am sure it is just visited by people that just meet me, but I’m thinking of using it a little more in the future.  So what am I up to these days?  I was laid off back in October 2013, and have been trying to figure out what I should do ever since.  I have gone on a lot of interviews, but none have turned into anything, including all the contracting positions I was submitted.  I am not sure why none have landed but I wonder if it is because I always had a dream to run my own company.  And I keep coming back to that idea.

I went very far down the path of purchasing a franchise in January, but backed out as I learned more about the job I would actually be doing.  So now I am trying to decide what my next steps should be.  I have had what I call a lotto dream, the things you think about doing when you win the lotto. Now, in order to win you have to play, and I don’t often buy a ticket, but I still have the dream.

My lotto dream is the standard, pay off the house, buy a place for my mom and sisters, do something for my dad and then when the dust settles start my own database development business.  Since I wouldn’t need to worry about money because of the lotto capital it would be a dream job.  Or at least it is in my dream.

The question is do I go after the database development business without the lotto capital?  Could I make that dream job without having to get that win fall that will never happen, regardless of weather I buy a ticker or not?

Personal Websites

It has been more then a year since I made a post to my website.  I wonder, in the day of Facebook are personal blogs needed any longer?  Why did we ever setup personal blogs in the first place?

I know the reason I started was to learn html.  Then drupal came along and I jumped on the band wagon but I didn’t get it to do the things I wanted.  I later changed to wordpress, at the time it wasn’t as powerful as drupal but I could get it to do the few things I wanted easier.  Now I have about 6 other wordpress sites, none of them has any more content then this one, yet I still keep them around.

Maybe I will find a voice again, maybe not.

Poem by Tecumseh

Amazing poem by Native American Shawnee Chief, Tecumseh.

So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion;respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.

When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.

My son the drummer

We put my 6 year old in drumming lessons about a year ago and he is doing really well. His instructor has had him practice two songs and then recorded him playing the drums part. He just finished the second one yesterday and I thought I would post it for others to hear. sean on drums

In the recording session