The last couple of weeks have been both crazy and crazy-good.
First, the crazy. We’ve been working on a new interface for SmugMug. It’s been an on-going project for many months, but only 2 weeks ago did it get close enough so “the rest of us” could get our hands dirty and make sure it was ready for consumer consumption. 🙂 We had a blast playing with the new style… but playing turned into hard-core testing all day and all night for several days.
We were able to make the deadline we had in mind, but the bugs were plentiful. Luckily, we have passionate customers who helped us chase them down and talented engineers who are excellent at fixing things.
Here’s a brief overview of the end result: SmugMug’s Extreme Makeover. I can honestly say that it was one of the most satisfying experiences to be able to work hard for something and see it through to the end. Even though my part in the whole thing was limited to that of bug-finder and cheerleader (and of COURSE, the help pages for the new features)… I really was proud of the way our company pulled together.
To make my week even better… my brother Don gave all SmugMug employees a “Night on The Town” as a thank-you for our hard work. He knew we had sacrificed time with spouses, kids (where applicable), and alone-time to get this release out the door. So, we were instructed to go out to a nice dinner… see a play… whatever would help us relax. And, it was on SmugMug!
Scott and I had a fabulous time Saturday night seeing a dollar movie and having a schmatzy and delicious meal. I know, I know… you’re thinking DOLLAR movie??? It’s really ok, though, because The Fancy Theatre wasn’t showing any movies we wanted to see. Don’t worry… we went all-out on the dinner and you can read all about it in my next post, Feeling Smugger.
NOTE: We both look a little exhausted in the picture, because Scott finally made the push to take his neuroanatomy test. He passed! And we have both caught up on sleep a bit in the week it took me to blog about this. 🙂