Happy New Year 2015!

Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year 2015

A happy new year to all the readers of my blog. May 2015 be a successful and happy year bringing you and your family good health and a lot of happiness!

2014 – Year in Review

A year ago, I posted my 2013 year in review. Back then I set some personal goals and I must admit that I managed to miss most of them! (Note to self: Revisit year in review posts during the year).

However, I am glad that I managed to keep at least a few of them and progressed on several of them.

Although we didn’t visit the US and Canada this year due to a sudden change in plans, Ashwina and I made a visit to Cornwall and Ireland as well as another visit to the Tower of London. Both visits remained undocumented on this blog because I was never able to find the time to do so. I believe that I’ve also managed to eat a bit healthier in spite of my crazy work hours. Although, I still need to get down to some serious exercising! At least, that’s what the doctor advised…

On the WordPress front, I had hoped to release premium versions of both Contextual Related Posts and Top 10. However, with my day job as an investment banker stealing most of my time over the past 12 months, this wish remained unfulfilled.

On the positive side, I successfully managed to release Contextual Related Posts v2 and Top 10 v2 as well as updates to my other WordPress plugins. v2 of my two most popular plugins heralds the possibility for paid and free addons. There is a lot of work that remains on my plugins and I will continue developing them. In addition, I am also building a new site dedicated for the addons.

Amongst other things, I did manage to get a bit of reading and also spent a lot of time playing the piano this past year. Am glad that this spark is still there!

Before I sign off…

Ashwina, since I know you’re my biggest fan and definitely reading this post… Thank you for always being there by my side these past three years. I am, without doubt, the happiest man in the universe!

And, to all my readers and followers: Thank you for reading Ajay – On the Road called Life. I look forward to hearing from you over the next year.

A year older… and a lot wiser…

Paperpunch

It’s my birthday today! With that, I edge just one year away from three-tenths of a century.

And, as a gift to met, I’ve spent a good portion of the night working on a new theme for this blog, one which was long pending.

After a lot of searching I came across Paperpunch Theme by The Theme Foundry which I fell in love with almost instantly.

Paperpunch

Paperpunch is a clean and easy to use theme, yet comes packed with some decent free features. You can upgrade to the Pro version which makes life a lot easier!

My plugin Add to Footer definitely made life a bit easier, since I didn’t need to add in a lot of code for my analytics.
However, the theme required a good amount of modification to capture my header and sidebar, pages, comments and other features that I have maintained across themes across several years. Not to forget the ads that help sustain this blog.

Lastly, SexyBookmarks WordPress Plugin does deserve a major mention for it is extremely feature rich and with minimal interference allows you to share content of this blog with your friends through the most popular social networking sites. You are recommending these posts, aren’t you?

I’ve also included a neat little array of buttons at the top of each post, you can quickly share our posts on Facebook and Google Plus.

Until next time… do keep reading and do comment below and tell me if you like this new theme. If not, what can I do to improve it?

And, have you hit the like button at the bottom of this post to add Ajay – On the Road called Life to your Facebook favourites?

AjayDSouza.com is now on Facebook

Ajay - On the Road called Life on Facebook

It was about time… I have finally created a Facebook page for this blog. Up until now my profile has been one of the promotion media for the blog. Now, I hope to increase the number of persons following this blog via Facebook.

If you have been reading this blog, do hit the like button on the Facebook page.

Ajay - On the Road called Life on Facebook

I still can’t create a specific username for the page. I believe it is just a matter of time before I can do so. If you have become a fan of this page, do comment below and let me know.

I am using RSS Graffiti to add posts from this blog on Facebook. Extremely powerful and definitely an alternative to Facebook’s Notes application (especially since it doesn’t work too well)

Happy New Year 2010 & 2009 in Review

Wishing all my dedicated readers a Very Very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2010! How did you bring in the new year? I spent it quietly at home.

Looking back at 2009, I must say that it has been a rather successful year for me on all fronts. While I may not have achieved most of the goals I set for Techtites, it was definitely a lot better than 2008.

I have refrained from setting any goals for this blog, primarily because it serves as a personal blog.

At this time of the year, I normally make a very detailed post about my activities during the year. This year, I’ll refrain from a very detailed post and just make a short and sweet summary.

I began the year knowing that I had a good job in hand. I spent the first three months of the year completing my MBA. I joined the bank in early April and have slogged patiently and diligently over the last nine successful months.

I have also ensured that I continued making regular posts both at this blog and at Techtites during this duration. It’s a hobby that I have ensured that I have not given up, despite the long work hours.

On the coding front, I took over the development of Ajax Edit Comments in March from Ronald. Honestly, I didn’t make much progress on that front and a few months later, Ronald returned to continue the development of the best comment editing plugin for WordPress!

In December, Ajax Edit Comments became a premium plugin available to all users on a paid subscription basis. And, for a limited period you can get the basic subscription for only $10/year.

The downloads of my other plugins have also increased over the last year. I have released several updates to my plugins and my theme. I also plan on quite a few updates on both these fronts. I have had a few themes that I hoped to develop just lying around, so am hoping to finalise and release some of these.

Looking forward, I hope and pray that 2010 turns out to be an even more successful year than 2009!

I’ve been busy!

The last month reminds me of 2007 when I just entered SCMHRD as a budding MBA student. Life was totally crazy then since I just didn’t have the time to blog or even check my email.

That is something that I have been feeling off late. Well, blame it on my exhausting job. In my line of work, the only thing that keeps us going is the level of enjoyment we have at work. Otherwise, I am sure I wouldn’t have survived! On the work front, I’ve been working non-stop on a good number of weekends!

I had an extra day off in which I tried really hard to complete a new version of Better Search. However, I wasn’t very successful, since I had to scrap much of the changes.

I also realised that the feature rich Media Temple wasn’t the best solution for this blog. I’m really surprised at the kind of resources this consumes, but I almost shot way over the 1,000 GPU cycles. Had to move my blog out of there in a hurry. By my estimates, I would have easily had to pay $20-30 more.

So, I finally took the plunge into a VPS yet again. This time I decided to give ServInt a shot, since it had a really good plan.

Spent a good portion of the week after that optimising the server. Am pleased with the results so far.

On the fun angle, to bid farewell to one of our colleagues, we went off to Purple Haze on Friday. It’s a nice pub in Koramangala. It was a good break after the crazy work life.

And, in another six days, I’ll be in Mumbai!