Before my Trans Am Trail trip last year, I put in serious effort trying to get the mobile friendly version of the site finished and fielded.
As it seems to always happen in my life, things intervened and I did not get everything finished that I wanted to. So having run out of time, I installed what I had, left to ride the trail, and made due as well as I could.
Unfortunately, there were quite a few show-stopper bugs which rendered the site largely unusable for most people. Facebook logins were broken. For many the normal login dialog didn't work. The forum on some browsers doesn't render correctly. Popups would fail. My cool little editor (that I'm using to type in this message) is also having problems with newer browsers.
It's a mess.
When I got back I didn't have a clear idea of "what next". The trail was harder than I thought it was going to be and it had taken quite a bit out of me.
Unexpectedly, I got caught up for some time doing Good Deeds.
A while later a good friend hooked me up with an opportunity to do some very lucrative contracting for some billion dollar company. It would have been interesting work on real enterprise class problems but I confess my heart wasn't in it. When, after a couple months of negotiations, it finally became clear their lawyers and mine couldn't find common ground, I decided to walk. Part of me was really bummed as I was really looking forward to working with my friend again but that was really the only part I was looking forward to. In the back of my mind I've long thought I would eventually have to go back to contracting to shore up the revenue picture, or, God forbid, get a Real Job(tm). But, quite out of character, I started pondering what I actually wanted to do. I slowly came to the understanding I really don't want to go back to that world at all if I can in any way avoid it. If I have to, then obviously I will. But maybe there's another way?
During my trip a long shot but very interesting and dare I say exciting opportunity came along for me to do something "for real" with M-BY-MC and all this software I've built. Even while I was going back and forth on contract reviews, I started working on this opportunity as a side project.
Literally the minute I turned the billion dollar company down, I went "all in" on this long shot opportunity. Who knows if it'll succeed but I'm going to give it all I have. I should be able to talk about it in a few months if all goes well.
I've been getting up before 7 more days than not and working until midnight. I haven't worked like this in years. I suspect I'll be doing this for months to come. I am stepping up my game. Progress is being made and I've fixed a huge number of bugs and added some new features which I'll describe in a follow on post once I have a few more bugs knocked out.
The site as it stands right now is in "proof of concept" shape and I need to move it to a solid beta. The user interface will change to be more intuitive and hopefully work better on phones. Quite a number of new features will be added, mostly to the maps.
However, in the mean time, I could really use some recurring testing help and some feedback. I've reworked the Facebook login and registration.
If you have a moment could I ask you to try to log in and if that works maybe reply to this post?
If you're brave you could play with the maps (hit the Maps tab at the top and click New Map and start clicking around.) The maps now even work on an iPhone.
If anything doesn't work please shoot me a message and let me know using the contact form https://miles-by-motorcycle.com/contact or on twitter or Facebook. I suspect if all goes well there's going to be more activity around here.
Wish me luck.