Frustrating crawl to beta

This is really just another mind dump before I get back to work.

Today was supposed to be the day that I could open let’s chill for beta.

Yeah…that isn’t going to happen.

The last week has been pegged with frustrating roadblocks as I reach some of the last tasks before releasing beta. Things don’t always go according to plan. Things never go according to plan, so the past week has been a big reminder of that fact.

The main problem now is that I am stuck on every single one of my issues. I can’t release without these problems solved and I haven’t been able to get help as everyone is in holiday mode. I could feel it leading up to mid December, but once that holiday period was in full swing, my entire support network collapsed. Yep, I was truly on my own.

This has probably been the toughest stretch in the last two months. Typically, I struggle for a while before I leave the issue to start afresh another day, but now that there are only a few issues left, there’s really nowhere else to go. With the deadline looming, I was starting to pound my head against the wall.

One could say to “take a break” and go back to it after the holidays. But that’s the major difference between a hobby or something you consider work. I don’t consider this work, as odd as that sounds. I consider this something that is really important to my life right now. If you’re not treating something with the highest level of commitment, you will always be willing to let life dictate the circumstances. There have been other times in my life that I have been willing to let things slide. This isn’t one of them.

I think having a baby is a good analogy. let’s chill is in essence, my baby. Anybody who has had a baby can tell you that it completely changes your life. You put the baby’s life ahead of everything else. I am not saying that this project is life or death, but it does hold the importance of treating it seriously. I think if you’re not willing to treat it seriously, then it probably wasn’t that important to you.

I also wanted to say a major thanks to everyone that has shared let’s chill on their Facebook wall. It may seem like a small gesture to you, but it means a lot since what let’s chill does will determine my short-term future. In turn, it will ultimately be the difference between whether I stay in Vancouver or not.


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