A long week

It’s been a long, long week. I’m still battling this wretched virus that has laid me low for the best/worst part of a month. On top of that I’ve had a rather sleepless week trying to get the new Scottish Episcopal Church website up and running for the start of General Synod, which began today in Glasgow.

I managed it, however, and carefully guided through the transition from one server to the other at around 02:00 this morning, updated the CMS options and rewrote the .htaccess file by hand and uploaded it to the server. I went to bed this morning while the sun was rising. (Seemingly Jane had a coughing fit in the night and I asked her if she was ok and could I get her anything. I don’t remember any of that, but it was nice to see that in my exhausted and unconscious state I was still concerned about my wife.)

Sadly, the only feedback I’ve had today about the website was negative. It really upset me, and spoiled much of the rest of the day. Kind of made me wonder why I even bother sometimes!

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

5 thoughts on “A long week”

  1. Hey Gareth – don’t be hard on yourself: the website is 110%+ improvement on the last version. I think you’ve been amazing to get it up and running at all within such a short time frame. People are always critical of the public faces of the church – so it’s thick skin time, I’m afraid!!
    Keep up the great work.

  2. Thanks Dave and David. Your encouragement is much appreciated. I was feeling particularly fragile yesterday (still am today) as I’ve been fighting a viral bug plus the strain of working so intensely for about 20 hours a day (give or take a few mealtimes).

    Thanks should also go to Kelvin Holdsworth who was a great support and encouragement via MSN Messenger while I was writing code.

  3. Gareth, I also must agree that the site is fantastic – an incredible piece of work, showing your talent and skill at designing and coding. I think you’ve done an excellent job.

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