Yeah, Nyman’s back
Yes! I’m back! And let me tell you that I’ve missed you, and I’ve missed writing. There’s something extraordinary about writing blog posts and then get in touch with and make friends with people from all over the world. To have discussions with like-minded people about topics which we share an interest in.
This post will be filled to the brim with various information; from a new feed URL and other changes to what I’ve been doing this summer, so please read on.
In good Castro manner, here’s a picture to prove that this is actually me writing this today!
A summer with Emilia
It has sincerely been special to have had the ability to spend four full months together with my daughter. To have the time to give her all of my attention and to strengthen that special bond that only a parent and a child can have. We have been doing a lot of excursions, going to different beaches a countless number of times and the whole family has also been on a wonderful trip to Sanary in southern France.
I’ve had the fantastic opportunity to see her grow and evolve so much, and I’m truly grateful for that! She now talks a lot and mimics what I’m doing, and many times I don’t know if I should cry or laugh (or both) out of sheer happiness and the feeling of being blessed.
Every moment now that I’m away from her hurts and I don’t feel complete. I know I have to partially let go now that she’s just starting kindergarten and I will soon go back to work (September 1st will be a dark day…), but it is so hard.
I’ve had the opportunity to meet some people for the first time. In June, Chris and his wonderful family were visiting Sweden, and we had a nice evening in Stockholm including soft ice cream, nice Italian dinner and our daughters running around and playing, almost giving us ulcers.
Just the other day I had a great evening out when I, through Phil Sherry, got to meet the lovely April who was in Stockholm for a short visit.
What has happened on the web during my leave?
I thought I’d take the opportunity to bring up a few web-related things that have occurred during my leave:
- My friend Stuart has accepted a job at Yahoo!. Knowing his talents and his wonderful personality, Yahoo! are definitely the winners out of this deal. Good luck Stuart!
- Just after I’d gotten on my leave an advertisement in Swedish newspapers annoyed me like hell, so I took the time to co-write a post with Roger, something we’d talked about for some time so I’m happy it finally happened. It’s entitled ONOFF: another failed redesign
- Chris Mills was kind enough to mention me as a blog he enjoys in his Digital Web Magazine article.
- Firefox fans created the Firefox Crop Circle. Outstanding! Not sure IE fans (are there any?) would do something like that…
- W3C and their influence were questioned by Zeldman in An angry fix and followed up by Eric Meyer in Angry Indeed.
- John C. Dvorak basically condemns CSS in Why CSS Bugs Me. While CSS is far from perfect and definitely has its flaws, all he does in his post is to admit that he’s a CSS amateur and doesn’t know his craft…
- We had a Geek Meet in June, and Emil did a good write-up of one of the presentations/talks in Current issues with Microformats.
Last, but not least, Shaun Inman said this about ASK – AJAX Source Kit in his comment at Vitamin:
RobertÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ASK seems extremely well done.
He then talks about what we want and expect from a universal resource locator. I agree with him and his concerns, although the way I see it it’s just a matter of accomplishing that with ASK and URL rewrites on the server (it might be harder than it sounds, though, so don’t take this as a guarantee… :-)).
Within the first two weeks of my leave I got two really interesting job offers. We’re talking talented people to work with, a real challenge, web standards- and accessibility-awareness while at the same time creating really good web sites.
Then, during the summer, a person working for a huge and well-known international company contacted me and told me that:
They’re always looking for talented people “Nutch Nutch Say no more”
For now, I’ve turned all offers and possibilities down, but I’m not sure what will happen. Only the future can tell.
My muse isn’t visiting me anymore; she mas moved in!
The inspiration I’ve gotten for things to write about has been overwhelming. As soon as had an idea, I wrote it down on a paper with drafts, and let me tell you, that paper is completely filled with topics. My drafts list is very long right now, so as long as you’re interested I have plenty to offer you. 🙂
Upcoming posts will be about web developing and different web services available online, but they will also be about the way I see life and all the little things that affect us everyday. This blog is about me and about life, and I wouldn’t want to waste a 100% of my time on a topic, like, if Atom is better than RSS or not.
New feed URL and full-text feeds
In June I changed the feed URL to use FeedBurner, to more easily be able to check statistics. It also offers ways for you to directly add the posts to del.icio.us or digg directly from your feed reader of choice, and another benefit is that I’ve finally decided to offer full-text feeds.
To begin with, I was a bit reluctant to doing that, wanting everyone to actually visit the site to read the full post and making it easier for me to see who’s reading what I write. However, in the spirit of the new web, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is up to the reader, the end user, to decide how and through what tool (feed reader, web browser etc) you want to read my posts. In practice, you can now read anything I write without ever visiting the web site. A somewhat scary thought, but hey, I do anything to make you happy. 🙂
The new feed URL is: http://feeds.feedburner.com/robertnyman.
New e-mail address
I finally took the step and arranged so that I have a proper e-mail address connected to this domain. The new address to reach me is: robert [at] robertnyman [dot] com, and I hope you can work out how to make that into a valid address… 🙂
So, I’m back! I could go on forever like this, but I guess it’s time to stop, for now; I’ve missed you, man! Stay tuned, preferably by subscribing to the RSS feed, and I will do my best to entertain you!
Glad to hear you had a good summer. Looking forward to reading you again, though.
I think you had such a fantastic opportunity to stay home with your daughter. I definitely feel that this generation of fathers is much different than the last. Most I've talked to relish parenthood and are truly touched by it. I know I am — more than I ever thought possible.
Anyways, welcome back! We've all missed you. 🙂
Robert, nice to have you back online.
Welcome back, Robert.
Welcome back online!!
Nice to see you back! I'm looking forward to your articles!
Welcome back! Now get to work and fix another Geek Meet 😉
Looking forward to your articles!
Oh, time for geeks meet and amazing posts again 😉
Welcome back Mr. N 🙂
Now get to work, you lazy sob! You got SIX months of boring mornings to make up for! 😉
Welcome back from over here too.
Welcome baaaack dude! It was great fun pubbing with you last sunday. Hope to see you again soon!
I really hope you enjoyed your time with Emilia. #2 is on the way here 🙂
Hey Robert, I know you've had a great time but it's great to have you back at last.
I'm looking forward to reading your blog again, I've no doubt that your drafts folder is brimming.
Nice to have you back Robert!
It must have been really hard to stay offline during these months!?
Now turn your Drafts into article, can't wait!
// ; ) Kalle
good, good, good, I'm eager to start reading again…
doesn't time fly though… seemed such a long period of time when you announced your "blogbreak"…
Welcome back Robert! I'm glad you had a good time, but it's been a while and it's nice to see you posting again. 😀
Now that is a great surprise! Earlier than expected, my favourite blogger is back online. Welcome back, Robert! 🙂
Good to have you back Robert. The summer was certainly time well spent. 🙂
Great to have you back! Now start pumping out the posts :-).
Welcome back! 😀
It's like on the TV. They always start the best TV shows on the autumn season. So welcome back Robert!
Updated my feed with the new address.
Welcome back! I'm looking forward to reading all those posts. 🙂
P.S. It looks like you forgot to shave before this morning… or are you joining the Bearded Bloggers Club (BBC)? If so: welcome! 🙂
Welcome back Robert!
It will be great to see you back online during the day from now on… 😉
Thank you very much! 😀
Wictor, congratulations to #2 being on the way.
Tommy, I might join the club, if I'm welcome, b/c my "beard" is very thin… 🙂
Hey … I had 3 weeks off work, and had tons of email to go through … imagine what will happen after 4 months !! Geez.
Yeah, imagine. Although I've periodically checked my private e-mail, getting back to work will probably be terrible.
Welcome back Robert 🙂
Welcome back! Glad to hear that you had a good / restful vacation. I'm looking forward to your renewed writing efforts.
Thank you! 🙂
Welcome back Rob! I wasn't expecting you for a few more day! Miss me?
I'm guessing you have all kinds of enlightened wisdom to share as a result of your rest and world travels. Or maybe not? LOL. 😉
Of course I've missed you! 🙂
I definitely have things to share, but if it's wisdom, I'm not sure… 🙂
Welcome back Robert 🙂
I'm glad I can read your posts again! It was a very good idea to meet you all in Stockholm and Claudine, Mina and myself really appreciated. We hope we can welcome you here in Lisle-sur-Tarn one day.
At the end of our stay in Sweden (we had a lovely time on Ãƒâ€“land by the way!) Mina could really sound Swedish. Of course what she said did not mean anything in Swedish but the sounds she produced were really realistic. 4 year old is the time to learn foreign languages!
And the French did it to the soccer final! Did you see that?
It was very nice meeting you, and I hope we one day can visit you as well. I'm glad to hear that Mina developed such communicative skills when here! 🙂
And yes, I definitely say the soccer.