It has been a long and twisty road since I first set out to build a community site for the greater La Crosse, Wisconsin area (also known as the Coulee Region) over two years ago. And it's a road that I continue to travel. Coulee Region ONLINE, as I call my site, has been running (or maybe limping) for most of those two years on Drupal 5 but is in a constant state of undone filled with glitches and promises of good things to come Real Soon Now.
Along the way I have made several aborted attempts to document the process of building the site. Some of it turned out to be useful like the user profile tutorials that eventually turned into Advanced Profile Kit. And then there was my frustrations with flatforum that turned into Advanced Forum. Some of it was not so good like my promising to write up how to create an area directory that never went farther than a tease of Views dumps.
As I approach the second anniversary of launching my "public alpha" (beta would be too kind) I find myself not wanting to start a third year of making excuses for a site that doesn't quite work right. So I am taking a break from freelancing, which has consumed too much of my time this last year, and am going to focus on making the site that's been living in my head, waiting to be expressed in Drupal. In conjunction with that, I am going to finally write that ebook that I've been dancing around for two years.
It won't be done in a hurry; even without having computer time going to freelancing I still have two young children who don't like mommy at the computer too long. I expect this will take several months to do, but I will get there, slow and steady. I have a goal, I have the desire, and I even have an outline.
So, enough announcing what I'm going to do. Time to get doing it. :)