It has been over a year since my last post where I made a simple tribute to the late Steve Jobs. Since then, I have had some life events, both personally and professionally ... but I did not feel the need to blog about them.
Well, I feel the need to blog now.
I love football (the American version of football). I am an avid National Football League (NFL) fan. And, like many fans of the NFL, I play fantasy football. I *love* fantasy football. It borders on an addiction for me. I look forward to every August when I get together with my friends and colleagues for our fantasy football draft. And then it is on like Donkey Kong for four months.
I always wondered how I could harness my love for fantasy football with my love of technology. And building a fantasy football website seemed to be the logical marriage of those two entities.
Late in 2011, I registered the domain name "kickerlast.com" thinking that someday I would have a website dedicated to fantasy football. It sat dormant for about 11 months. In September 2012, I had the time and got the motivation. And now that "someday" is today.
Using the following local development tools:
- Macbook Air and iMac
- MAMP (Macintosh, Apache, MySQL, PHP)
in conjunction with outsourcing/purchasing aspects such as logo design, plugins, statistics, etc., I developed and tested the website that has now become kickerlast.com.
After getting some really valuable feedback from my better half, on November 2, 2012, I uploaded the first public version of the website to my LAMP based VPS.
kickerlast.com is now up and running. If you are a fantasy football player, I hope you check the site out, follow it on Twitter and tell your family and friends about it. I actually use real statistics to make my rankings and projections....I have a secret formula :)
This endeavor was a great learning experience. Web design. Database design. Statistical analysis. Writing. Sports. Webmaster. Hiring. Purchasing. All of these came together to produce this site. I am actually proud of this accomplishment.
And remember .... ALWAYS DRAFT YOUR KICKER LAST. NO EXCEPTIONS! :)