Forum: News & Announcements
Topic: Reflections and Transitions
started by: mickeyfmann
Posted by mickeyfmann on Sat Sep. 10 2011,1:05First let me once again apologize for not paying any attention to my own site, I know this place means a lot to so many people as it does to me but life goes on and times, as always, change.
A few weeks ago an old friend from college flew out to visit me, and one of the many topics we discussed was this site. As we talked I started to think about why, in all this time, has the site updates that I've promised for years never been rolled out? Why doesn't this site command as much of my time as it once did? I mean sure there's no way I could spend as much time as I used to but there was a time when I would make the time no matter what.
After much consideration I realized that part of the reason is passion, I was passionate about this site more back then than I am now and the reason for that is that over the time I have changed. Gaming was a large part of my life back then, but now I'm lucky if i sneak in a quickie with my 360 over the weekend for 10 minutes. And until Twist visited me this summer, I didn't even have that. Thanks again for that one bro! It's certainly not that I don't like gaming anymore, believe me if I could I'd go back in time to about 18-20 years old and just do the school and Nintendo thing again. It just boils down to the fact that with less time to game its harder to get into anything, and sadly even some of the few skills I had are fading. I almost lost to 2 level 9's on Smash Brothers the last time I played! Sad I know.
Apart from that another thing I was passionate about back then was programming, because I wanted to prove to myself and everyone else that I could do it. The difference now is that programming is my job, and I'm certainly less passionate about it now that I have to do it every day. As I'm typing this I'm in the office working on a Gift Registry project for my new company. The grass is always greener on the other side as they say.
So if its not gaming and its not programming that I'm passionate about anymore, then what has stepped in to fill the void? Well that answer should be simple for anyone who knows me.....Beer! Years ago I purchased a Mr. Brew no boil kit that produced an alcoholic beverage that was about on par with sparkling pond water. Last year I started up again but went all out on some real equipment with extract brewing and before long switched over to all grain batches. In the past year I've brewed around 20 batches of quite decent beer if I do say so myself. I've gone on tons of brewery tours, assisted and old high school friend of mine in brewing for his recently started brewery and have recently been looking to start a sort of apprenticeship with the brewmaster at a local brew pub. In addition to that I've looked into going back to school to get a degree in brewing and have read so many books on brewing that I'm running out of shelf space. Yeah its quite clear to see that beer is a front runner for me.
So what does that mean for Internet Village? Well for starters it means I've abandoned the idea of writing my own CMS, there's just too much else out there for me to work with to start from scratch. Besides I've become quite skilled at writing mods for Joomla and Concrete over the last year or so. Additionally I've decided to change the focus of the site, I don't game anywhere near enough anymore to even think about trying to build a gaming site, and the market is flooded for that anyways. So the content section of the site will be more focus towards beer and brewing, with sections reserved for gaming if anyone wants to head that up for me. I mean hell gaming and beer always goes together pretty well anyways right?
While I have sided against building my own CMS I have decided to build my own 2 part database, one will be dedicated to commercial beers and operate on a fashion similar to RateBeer where users can talk about beers that they have tried. There will also be a way to link beers that you've tried to your profile. The second part of this database will be a home brew calculator and recipe formulator similar to Hopville.com. This will contain an ever growing database of ingredients for users to make their recipes and basic estimates before brewing their beer. Unlike Hopville one key feature to this site is that users will be able to keep their recipes private if they so desire. Additional ideas are some sort of rare beer trader setup or even a way to help people trade their homebrew.
The forums aspects will remain the same and the most important thing of all is that I want to keep everyone who used to come here involved so there will still be gaming conversations along with all the other fun shit we used to do here. In no way ever do I want any of you to feel like you don't belong or are not welcome here. But as I said I'm not as much of a gamer anymore so I'm going to look to those of you who are to keep some of those things going.
I think that this new vision for the village could really lead to success and a large community of people who just want chat and treat the village just like the pub I sort of always imagined it to be. Because I know and trust many of you, I will be extending offers to most of you to join this site as admins in the hopes that I will need the extra staff as the site grows.
At this time I'm working on getting an installation of a CMS running on the Inetvillage.com domain from there I'm going to get a site and forums up and running while I build the other two databases. At some point I will port over user accounts to the new site and probably send out email notifications with new passwords. Once the new site is running smoothly I will probably lock down all threads on these forums and look into porting some of the more popular topics/threads over to the new database. Obviously I'm not going to grab them all, there's just too much to sort through. Once the conversion is complete however I will leave these boards online in a read only mode so that we can always go back and look and grab anything else should we desire.
I'm not going to give strict timelines here but I'm hoping to have the new site and forums setup shortly and start this migration process sometime early next month. From there I will begin work on the new applications which probably won't be entirely finished until sometime next year.
Feel free to drop me some comments and let me know what you think!
Hope all is well for everyone.
Posted by mickeyfmann on Tue Sep. 13 2011,1:09On a side note I still haven't given up on the idea of having a simple RPG game in the forums, but this would not be in the plans for the immediate future. However, once I have completed the other databases I may return to this idea.
Posted by Twist on Tue Sep. 27 2011,7:35Hey dude firstly, glad I could in some way bring back your gaming life/passion with the 360, cheers for having me there for so long.
Yes I do agree with the lost passion for gaming, not that I have lost the passion myself, just kinda similar to yourself, I don't have a lot of time to sit around and play games anymore. Although I do make sure I have one night a week for just gaming. But like yourself my focus has shifted away from gaming, not as much as yours but still shifted away, and towards music mainly song writing but I do have a new found addiction to Craft Beer due to a certain Yeti and his room mate
As for the gaming section of the newly purposed site, I would be happy to help out with it but would rather focus on any music section that gets set up. I am sure Swift would show a much larger interest in the running of the gaming section that either me or you.
Posted by Faerun on Tue Sep. 27 2011,2:43Cheer for the Beer!
I should have known Mick would become a alcoholic one day
For my own part, I'm still very much into the gaming.
Posted by Silicon Knight on Wed Sep. 28 2011,8:30I'm looking forward to seeing this place well populated again, so any change is good change!
Posted by mickeyfmann on Sat Oct. 08 2011,12:58
Where the hell have you been?
And I'd also like to point out that you left out the word 'functional' before alcoholic