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Tired, but making good progress; Forum software replacement update.

Monday, March 28, 2016 by  
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The dogs woke me up yesterday morning at 4:00am. It was a pretty bad morning for the dogs to do that, as I’d slept very poorly that night.

My best friend over the past week.

My best friend over the past week.

Operating on less than 4 hours of really broken sleep, I worked all day, but my head was in a fog. I made a lot of stupid mistakes as I worked on the servers and software. My typing was abysmal. I felt like I was wearing mittens. Thankfully none of my errors were serious, but it sure made for a long and frustrating day of work.

Last night I slept though the entire night, and the dogs let me sleep until 5:30 this morning! I am feeling much better today. In fact, I’ve already solved a problem that was driving me up a wall all day yesterday. Hopefully this early victory will set the tone for the rest of the day, as I’ve got a lot of work to do.

On that note, my cycling has taken a back seat these past few weeks. My mileage is way, way down. Last week I only rode a little over 100 miles in total, and I don’t think I did any rides longer than about 20 miles. For awhile this was really bugging me, but I’ve made peace with it. Cycling is an important part of my life, but it’s not the only part of it. It’s just going to have to be this way for at least the next few weeks.

A couple times over the past week I strongly considered breaking my 818 day (as of yesterday) daily riding streak. I was so tired yesterday that I came pretty close to not saddling up for the first time since December 2013. I decided to ride, though, and I’m glad that I did. Even though it was just a short 10 mile ride (my minimum for a ride to count towards my streak), I felt a little better when I got back.

One of my favorite quotes is:

Ride for at least 30 minutes every day. If you’re too busy to do that, then you’d better ride for an hour.

What that quote means to me is that it’s important to take the time to exercise every day–especially when you’re “too busy”.

On to another the subject: the new JSF Forum software.

At this point I’m extremely satisfied with the test data import into the new forum software. Everything is working very well, almost shockingly so. The new forum looks amazing on all devices, from desktop systems to tablets to mobile phones. Everything is running fast and smooth. There’s a ton of incredible new functionality there, and the best part is that it’s all very intuitive and easy to figure out.

I’ll be purchasing a few really nice themes for the new forum. These themes will be user-selectable, so you can pick your favorite one. I’ll try to get at least one dark and one light theme.

I’m also going to be purchasing unifying authentication software. I want members to be able to log in to the main site and the forums using the same account information. I’m fairly certain I’ll be able to allow logging in using a Facebook account–a feature quite a lot of you have asked for.

Speaking of Facebook, I’m going to be making the official JSF Facebook page live sometime this week. The JSF Facebook page will be tightly integrated with the forums and the main site. I’ll have a lot more information on that soon. In the meantime, I’ll provide the link as soon as I have the page ready.

Once I close down the current forums and do a final export of the data, I’m looking at a few long days of work getting everything set up. The forums will be down during that time. This will be happening within the next day or two, and possibly even as soon as today. I’ll keep everyone posted.

John Stone Fitness Comments

4 Responses to “Tired, but making good progress; Forum software replacement update.”
    • Correct. JSF is 100% free, always has been, and so ad revenue is absolutely critical to keeping things running. JSF doesn’t use intrusive or annoying ads, so I don’t think it’s asking much to have people disable their ad blockers on *johnstonefitness.com. It takes all of 2 seconds to do so, it only has to be done once, and it won’t alter the user experience one bit.

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      • I hope this did not come over as critical of the decision. Not at all. I have been a very long time follower. (I even bought Nitrean through your link even though I am living in Europe)
        Adblock has been on and I have never given it a thought of turning it off. It is off now and I hope a lot of people will follow my example. I feel most of your ads are ok (some are a little click baity – “Do not do this exercise or else …”) or even informative (especially the amazon links).

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        • Your comment didn’t come across as critical in the least. 🙂 I just wanted to explain my reasoning for you, and anyone else who might be wondering about the change.

          Like most people, I also run an ad blocker. Some sites go way overboard by using intrusive ads, and that’s why I have the blocker enabled, but I disable it on all the sites I frequent. I am hoping that most people who visit this site, like you, will simply appreciate the reminder.

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