Working on my blog vs. actually writing

me I probably should be doing something else right now - riding the exercise bike or getting ready for work, but instead I decided to write a quick blog post as I sit here, enjoying my morning coffee.  (Okay, this is not really a picture of me today, but I am enjoying my coffee in it.)

When I showed Amber the fix I made last night for the tag filtering, it prompted her to ask if I was having fun fixing up the issues I've found with the blog.  After some hesitation, I replied, "um… yes, kinda…"  (Not my normal witty repartee, I admit.)  It is fun, but it can also be frustrating.  I get frustrated with the lack of written documentation on Umbraco.  Sure, there are a mountain of how-to videos that have great content, but I can read really quickly, so I'd really like more written content.  There are forums and wikis, but sometimes it is hard to find what you are looking for.  And I'll admit that I'm reticent to post on forums.  I don't know why.  Maybe that is something I need to work on.

The fun parts for me are finding the bugs, coming to an understanding of the cause and eventually fixing them.  It's a puzzle to solve and you learn in the process.  In researching the fix for the tag issue, I eventually downloaded the source code for Umbraco 4.5.2 and Blog4Umbraco and figured out how to compile and package the latter.  I figured out more about Umbraco under the covers and now understand most of the Blog4Umbraco code.  I can install it on my local server and debug issues.  I've made changes and pushed them to my live site.  So I feel a certain sense of accomplishment there.  Maybe sometime I'll start pushing issues to the Blog4Umbraco community and suggesting fixes.

What is a little annoying is the amount of time I've spent building and fixing PardonMyReach as opposed to actually writing.  But eventually I think that will swing the other way as I get these fixes addressed and only have a backlog of new features I'd like to add.  And I really am going to write up more technical details of the fixes and changes I make, so that will be more content too, right?

P.S. for those of you who might have been waiting for a follow up on my Halloween post, our final tally was a record 40 trick-or-treaters this year.

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