Judging from the slight slow-down in website traffic, it looks like we’re already starting to coast into the holiday season (although iDH is still receiving well over 1,000 visits per day!). I will be taking some time off starting the 23rd, but I will continue to answer email and comments/questions received on the website so don’t worry about going it alone with any code-related emergencies. I’ll be here.
I often travel for the holidays because my family and friends are scattered all around, but this year we’re staying put. As most of you know, I relocated to Mexico this summer with my husband, 3 kids, and our dog. Although there were a few people who thought moving to Mexico was a questionable decision, it has been one of the best experiences of my life. We miss our people back in the US, but for the first time in a long time I feel like we’re really living, rather than just surviving the crazy lifestyle that seems to be the norm for Americans. Sure, there are things we have not yet found here (like Swedish Fish, Kids’ Crest, and the ingredients for s’mores!), but absence makes the heart grow fonder. We’re thoroughly enjoying the ramp-up to Christmas and learning about the celebrations in another culture, and eagerly awaiting the arrival of some of our closest friends next week.
After working remotely for over 10 years, being even more remote has not been a problem. My cell phone still works, I have a wifi phone for free calls to the US, and the internet has been reliable. iDigHardware continues to grow, with more than 300,000 visits in the past year alone. Y’all are spending about 1,000 each month reading what I post on the website – not including the articles that are published in trade journals. This is extremely gratifying to me, so THANK YOU! iDH will be celebrating some significant milestones in 2016 – 2 million pageviews, 1 million visits, 1/2 million visitors, 1,500 published posts, and 10,000 comments (all of these are totals since the site was created). Who would have ever thought that a website started on a whim, as a night-time hobby, would become such an important resource for the hardware industry and beyond?
It has been almost 4 years since Allegion (Ingersoll Rand back then) approved my request to create a new position so I could do code-related work full-time. In addition to writing all of the content for iDH and maintaining the site, I’m also responsible for the Allegion Code Reference Guide, code-related training, and one-on-one support. I collaborate with our product managers, engineers, and marketing department to make sure that our products are code-compliant and that we are responding to the code-driven needs of the industry. I also work with the BHMA Codes & Government Affairs Committee, proposing changes to the model codes to try to clean up some of the “grey areas.” And of course, I spent a lot of time this year working on the classroom barricade device issue, and will continue to raise awareness of the concerns associated with this security method.
Here’s my question for you…keeping in mind that I am a human who has to sleep on occasion, what else can I do that would be helpful to you? Are there any topics you’d like me to cover, or any features you’d like to see added to the website? Do you have trouble finding certain information? What’s on your wish list?
The doors in the photo above are one of my favorite pairs in my current hometown of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. There are more photos of these doors here.