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This may be the hardest post I have ever written.
The post, to those who know me well, may explain much, but it is really for myself. I’ve deliberately left details out ,as they will come in the future, when the two conditions of the subject matter not hurting so much and me having permission to talk about it are fulfilled.
It may be short but for me contains so much emotion, sadness, pain, love, hopefulness and the bright promise of a new beginning.
In a few hours I leave Denmark.
I fly to Ireland to start again. To become a better and stronger person and to follow my heart.
I leave behind almost every thing. Some precious, some mundane, but all of them part of my life. All of which have shaped me and I’ve been so grateful for each and every one of them.
I leave behind my wife, my adoptive Danish family, my friends, my home, my life.
Thank you for all the kindness, love and support you’ve shown me. For sticking with me when times were bad.
This may not be the most fathomable of choices but please understand that this is not a decision arrived at lightly or rashly.
It is something I need to do. To grow, to be better and in order to be true to myself.
Not making to make this move would cause more hurt to those I care about than the path I have chosen.
I need to do this or I am not the Paul O’Flaherty that any of you know and I fear that if I remain here, without doing this, I will cease to be the same man.
It’s time for a new start. A new chance at life. A new hope.
It’s time for me to reboot.
Wish me luck.
I’ve finally taken the time to build a way for you to see all the vidcasts I do in one location. From now on the only URL you have to remember to get your daily dose of O’Flaherty is live.oflaherty.dk
It doesn’t matter if I’m on Fuelmyblog Live, The Mr. Business Golf Show, or anything else, you’ll be able to see them all live at this one URL and be able to join in to the chat rooms with just a single click.
The show kicks off at 10PM CET.
Oh, before I go I’ve got to say "Thank ya kindly" to Sugar Queen’s Dream for showing us a little love with some kind words about out last show.
Although Sugar: "resident hunks"?
What were you smoking.. LOL
Well it took a few (hectic) days but I’m back and the O’Flaherty blog is back as well with a new tag line and a new look.
First things first, the new tag line is "Paul O’Flaherty on Technology, Life and Passion", and I’m not going to get into the reasons behind changing that other than to say I want to expand the scope of this blog.
If you do feel the need for a little more information as to why I want to expand the scope of the blog then feel free to check out "Time for a change".
The sharp eyed among you (and those not reading this in a feed reader) will have noticed that the site has been redesigned.
The redesign is not finished yet, so you can can expect some bugs an inconsistencies which I will get ironed out over the next 24 – 36 hours. I just couldn’t have my site offline any longer so I decided to come back on with a 95% complete design. That may not be the best idea but I didn’t want O’Flaherty to be offline any longer than necessary.
The new design is a modified version of "StudioPress Orange" which I have been hacking away at for the past few days and will continue to hammer at until I am happy with it.
While the default version of StudioPress is great, I feel that it was very much an unfinished theme. Especially with regards to things like placement and styling of tags.
You can expect to see many subtle changes happen to the theme over the next 24 hours (once I wake up in the morning) until I have it setup just the way I want it.
This new design and new tag line marks a new direction for this blog.
I will continue to provide plenty of tech news and coverage because it is one thing I am passionate about. However, I will now be covering other topics that I am passionate about as I feel that will give a better representation of who I am as a person.
Plus, I hate being pigeon holed into a niche.
Thank you to the entire community of O’Flaherty readers who have stuck with me this far. I look forward to making this blog even better and making it more topically diverse.
Yesterday things changed fundamentally for me on a personal level. I’m not going to get into what that change is right now, but I’m sure you’ll know all about it soon enough. I just need to get my head together and get to a place where I’ll be happy blogging about it.
So, as my life embarks on this new road I want to change this site to reflect my new direction.
As a rule I’ve almost never blogged about personal stuff on this site instead opting to lock it away and focus on the technology aspects of my interests.
I’m going to be breaking that rule a lot.
As an individual I am not defined solely by my interest in technology and my knowledge of the web, computers and other geeky things.
Changing my blog to so that I don’t just talk about technology may loose me a few readers. I’m well aware of this, but hopefully I’ll pick up some new readers along the way.
I want this site to reflect the other aspects of me as well and I think that the best way to do that is to change the design of the site.
I have no idea where I am going to go with the new design but if you see any weirdness occurring on the site over the next few days you can be sure that I am experimenting and things will return to normal rather sharpish.
Suggestion as to what you would like to see in the new design, what direction you think it should take or even links to existing design to build off of will be much appreciated.
Just drop a comment with your ideas or links… I’ll take everything on board and give credit in a post after the new design goes live.
Looking forward to your thoughts…
As you may have noticed there have been a number of post lately which are called “Twitter Twit-bits”.
These post are automatic and display my public tweets on Twitter for the past 24 hours.
I’m wondering if they’re out of place on this blog? I’m wondering if they detract from O’Flaherty more than they add to it?
What do you guys think? Should the Twit-bits stay or go?
I’m sorry to announce that tonights podcast, while recorded, will be delayed until tomorrow morning.
Podshow is undergoing some upgrades so I can’t post my episode 9 of O’Flaherty at the moment.
Considering its current 23:31 in Denmark the podcast won’t go up until the morning.
In the meantime, you can always check out the previous episode of the O’Flaherty podcast.
Alexa have added some features to help you get the most out of their rock solid (sarcasm) data.
I can now see how I rank against websites in specific countries and am rather amazed to see that I’m number 428 in Denmark. Now, keep in mind, that number 428 isn’t just out of Danish sites, it’s number 428 out of the all sites as visiting by Danish Alexa users.
What’s interesting is that they love me 😉 in Denmark and Iceland (8,277) but I’ve got a rating of 51,771 for Ireland. Don’t Irish users use Alexa much? Or is it a case of the artist never being appreciated in their homeland 😉
Still I’m not sure about how accurate this data is, even considering Alexa’s shaky reputation on accuracy.
Yesterday I was checking out my rankings so I could write this article and I ranked 418. That’s 10 places higher? What happened?
But forgetting my ten places, the top 100 for Denmark seems to have changed as well. Yesterday, those loveable Swedes IKEA, were at number 100 and today they’ve been replaced by Google Syndication (Google Reader?). Also, a good few of the other entries seem different to what I read last night.
Are Alexa updating their data daily? Probably! And if they are that’s good.
One really big discrepancy is that they say 27.5% of my traffic comes from Denmark and 31.6% comes from the U.S. I don’t think that’s even close to being correct.
My server logs show that, so far this month (February) 14.09% of my traffic comes from Denmark and 53.11% from the states which is typical for this site.
December showed 6.89% Danish and 47.99% U.S.
However, because of the Krak scandal last month, we had a jump in Danish traffic, with 28.8% coming from Denmark and 37.6% being from the States.
That’s a lot closer to what Alexa is reporting, which could mean that particular data set is a month behind and only covers a month, as it doesn’t correlate otherwise, even if you go back as far as July of last year.
Here’s a graph of the correlation between US, Danish and Total visits (not hits) since July 2006. Keep in mind that the data for this month is not complete.
As you can see, at no point, except last month, are the relationships between Danish and US traffic even vaguely similar to what Alexa is reporting. Even if you average out the numbers over any given 3 month period.
Which leads me to wonder, if the other data is being updated daily, why isn’t this? Either the geographic specific data is a month old or, is the data collected from users of the Alexa toolbar really that skewed?