Thank you January. Welcome February…

“Surely as cometh the Winter, I know
There are Spring violets under the snow.”
–   R. H. Newell

January sneaked past and what started out as a lethargic post-holiday season month quickly turned into a fast-moving and exciting time.

The first month of 2010 brought welcome changes to personal and professional life. Finding and moving into a proper (and sweet!) house in a more central part of Cambridge was a great relief in more ways than one. Finally getting rid of an age-old company liquidation matter and other financial ghosts from the past is also a wonderful feeling. At work on the other hand things are just starting to become really interesting: a top secret UX project is underway, GoTestIt is finding its feet within Red Gate and most excitingly new e-commerce responsibilities have just magically fallen into my lap. Oh yes, and this little blog of mine keeps growing in popularity with now just under 3,000 monthly visitors. Woot! as somebody I know likes to say :-)

But what does February bring?

Well, first things first, it’s my birthday in February and this year it’s a big one. I will mostly be celebrating by popping up to Aberdeen (a mere 8 hours), bundling clothes, furniture and cat into a van and together with my better half finally making the move to Cambridge a little bit more permanent. Can’t think of a better birthday gift :-)

Apart from that though, some other interesting things are in the pipeline! Stephen Chambers (head of UX at Red Gate) and myself wrote a short position paper on UX within organisations which (Woot!) has now been accepted and we’ll therefore be presenting in London on the 25th Feb at BCS. (Details here.)

Neil Davidson also kindly put me in touch with the chaps at CUTEC with a view to moderating a session at this Innovation Session & Networking event. That’s on the 6th of March so make sure to pop around if in Cambridge then. Cool stuff.

And to start the month off on the right note, this week I’ll be getting my first free Red Gate massage. Like the SQL Servery wasn’t enough! If you want to get in on that sort of stuff, check out our fab vacancies and the unmatched list of benefits Red Gate offers.

Hope to see you soon!

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