PFN Update & Life Update!

Hi everyone,

It has been a long time since there has been a post on this blog…and that is for a couple of reasons which I will go through very quickly.
1) I have been working a great deal and just haven’t had the chance to sit down and do a proper blog post.
2) I have been working mostly on Nologam. We are growing a steady rate with newer people joining the server and the community every day. We are looking to get the rate of new members increased, but what is more important is activity.

Over the past year, I have had a simple landing page for Gamers and Geeks with a simple ad about becoming a part of the network. Initially, my plan was to create a network where users from network members could discover new sites, communities and blogs and thus increase activity and exposure. I have had one email regarding that…and that went down the pan.

For now, we are going to keep the name ‘Gamers and Geeks’ as a network name and use that for Nologam and then maybe change it if we get any new members into the network.

As for this site, I closed it off a couple of weeks ago because Spam bots had got in and I was getting emails like crazy, but I have re-opened it with a new Spam filter thing called “CleanTalk”. If you use it, let me know how good it is. I am really interested because I may consider getting it for Nologam since there is a bit of a spam bot problem (but most of the staff seems to be dealing with them before I get to them which is awesome).

For the future going forward, well, that is something that I haven’t decided on. There is a lot happening outside of the PFN to start something new. I feel that at the moment, I should stick and try to improve Nologam and get the results that I am ultimately looking for, rather than wasting my time, energy and money on something that isn’t going to be around for a long time.

Now, onto my life stuff. Oh boy, what a up and down time we have had over the past 6 months of this year. My grandfather left us just a few days before his 80th birthday from Motor Neurone Disease and of course, it was a massive shock to me as it is the first family funeral that I have ever encountered. Even now, nearly 5 months on from his death, it is still surreal that he is no longer with us. The house is just not the same and it’s hard for me to go into the sitting room at times because I expect him to be there in his seat watching the TV. I explained this in the previous blog post, so there is no point in writing it out all again.

My health…oh boy…
Ever since I was born, I have had a Twisted Gut and thus have had problems with going to the loo. For the past few years, it has gotten so bad that the left side of my stomach (from my POV) was inflated like a balloon and it hurted. This wasn’t trapped air. This was my bowel full. I was in bed from the Saturday to a Wednesday and then I went to a doctor and he gave me a suppository and if that didn’t work, then I had to go to the hospital.

After having this problem for so long, the suppository worked. And I started emptying my bowel. It took about 6 sleepless nights for me to empty my bowel. 6! Unbelievable. Since then I have been going at least once a day to make sure everything is right. That is ok, but as of a few days ago, I have seemed to miss a day and now, I can’t go (but I am working on resolving so…hopefully I will be ok)

Anyway, that is enough from this long winded post and hopefully you haven’t been grossed out!

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I am not dead or anything, but my grandfather is…

So last month, I posted about my grandfather not being well. 8 days after that post, he passed away…

It has been a difficult month since then. The only grandparent that I grew up with has left us and it’s still surreal to this day to think that he has died. At times,  I think that he is in the sitting room watching the TV, but only to see darkness from the empty sitting room.

The death of my grandfather has hurt me hard. There would be times where I would have to go to my room or the toilet at work and just have a cry… I miss him so much. All the mass cards that have been sent to us, all the visits from people that he met down the years all came to the wake and sympathised with my parents have been a reminder that he is gone and that he will never come back. He is now with his wife, my grandmother who I never met in heaven.

This time of year he would have loved. The lovely spring days waiting for the sheep to lamb, the football being on and his favorite horses would be running at Cheltenham.

He loved his horse racing, he would never be a huge betting man, but he would have a flutter during big/major events. Not hearing those races now is something that I will miss. He would always ring family at home in Galway and ask about how John Fahy the jockey would be doing on the horses.

He was always a family man. He would ring up his nieces and nephews in Galway to check up on them and his brother and sister in USA and England respectively.

There is so much that I want to share about him, but I would be here all night… But here is the final words..

I miss you granddad. You will be dearly missed.

Padraig

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Taken in Summer 2014

I’m not dead or anything….

Just very busy at the moment looking after my grandfather who is not doing very well. His breathing has got a lot worse in the past couple of months and now there is more pains and aches from him on a daily basis.

Still working away, 9-5. Sometimes being at work can distract me from the issues that is going on at home, but at the same time, I want to be home to look after him.

Everything has taken a bit of a backseat for a while. Nologam has taken a bit of a backseat and I have put another admin in charge for a while. Gaming is just non-existent at nights now, but if I can play for about 10 mins, then I am happy.

There isn’t really much I can talk about other than what I have already mentioned, but for more active comments about what is happening, I am on the Twittering machine, @PadraigFahy

Thank you :)

 

PadraigFahy.com Song of 2014

2014 has been a great year for “good music”. While there has been the few songs that have been played to death on Radio and TV, there is one song that has stuck out to me as being a fantastic song.

Now, I am not going to do a “Top 5″ or “Top 10″ list as that would be time consuming, so here it is…My favorite song of 2014!

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I love my community!

Would you believe it, but Nologam is nearly a year old already. It has grown up so fast, that I have actually lost track of what’s happening and that is…sorta bad.

In all my time of running a community site like Gamers and Geeks, I have never had this much activity. In nearly 12 months, we have got about 80+ members…not one of them are spam bots…they are genuine people who have signed up to a community and made it what it is today.

In May, I took on a couple of people who were willing to help me with the running of the site, generate some ideas on how to improve the site and even gain new members. It has been the best decision that I have made and it was worth it. They have put in a lot of effort with the site and I greatly appreciate it. It’s so great to have someone, at least one person, to help with something as big as a community.

Now, I am meeting new people everyday and they are willing to help me with improvements, from a server refresh to re-branding Nologam just makes me want to cry in happiness.

I had lost track of what happened with my community when I left for London last Monday when I didn’t have access to a computer for most of the week and then getting sick when I came back, but the community still went on without me and it felt awesome that I didn’t have to be there to keep the site going.

Back when I was trying to get Gamers and Geeks off the ground…I would spend hours on end trying to get genuine members on the site, but it never worked…with Nologam, it has.

So, here is a tip from me in order to get a community going: Get a friend, get talking and make awesome. A community is not just about YOU. It’s about everyone around you also.

Join the community at http://nologam.com – Follow Nologam on Twitter: @Nologam
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