Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Day 945

Not really a great day. When I was monitoring the websites I manage this morning, I happened to notice that one of them had been completely replaced with another design. That caught me by surprise. Hey, I'll be the first to acknowledge that clients come and go. I've lost clients because they grew larger and wanted something so fancy that I was unable to deliver it. I've lost clients because they became smaller and no longer wanted to pay my fee. I don't think I've ever lost a client because I did shoddy work. It bothers me that these guys nuked my site and hired another design firm without ever calling me to say there was a problem. The last time I talked to these guys, I had just finished some updates that they requested and was told to expect some new bios for two new employees. Everything seemed fine. Obviously it wasn't, because it appears that I've been fired.

Personally, I just think it is extremely rude to dump a vendor without any sort of a notice or explanation. If there was a problem, I'm sure it could have been resolved. Most problems can be resolved fairly easily. I'm still not sure what is going on, since the client didn't return my calls. I do have my suspicions however. I know that one of the client's children works at the firm that did the new website. That's life. I've never been one to cry over spilled milk, so I'll just move on.

The rest of the day was fairly uneventful. I wrote a few articles. I prepared to re-launch another client's website after an extensive makeover. I went to the bank to deposit a few small checks that probably won't even pay this month's electric bill. I didn't deal with the bug problem yet though. I'm going to save that loathsome task for a day when I have a bit more positive energy.

If you asked either of the dogs, you would never have guessed that anything was wrong at all. They're both sprawled out on the bed right now, lost in dog dreams. To them, it was another perfect day.

Riley is today's Dalmatian of the Day
Watch of the Day


  1. Hate losing web sites for reasons unexplained. Sorry- I know it feels crappy.

  2. Wanted to comment yesterday but an acute bout of procrastination struck me right then, lol. And I know perfectly well what you're talking about. Client behaviour should be a special branch of both sociology ANd psychology because it's so unpredictable and weird at times (and since the worldwide crisis has started, French clients in particular tend to be extremely strange). As for nepotism at work, 'tis a widespread disease. Gosh, our clients' kids wanna eat (kaviar) too! Anyway, what can we do? Play lotto and hope to win some huge amounts of cash... wish you a nice day nonetheless. PS: and yes, my dog's always very cool & happy too!