Soft Launch

Today was one of those days when I was glad to roll a product out slowly, to see what would break, because I broke something.

A soft launch is when you publish a web site – or movie, magazine, band, etc. –  to a small group, preferably friends, that will tolerate the occasional, likely hiccup and provide helpful criticism and comments.  I soft-launched – really, soft-relaunched, since this web site has existed in some form for years – last weekend to get the site out of the door and see what would happen.  Of course, I was thrilled to go live.

This morning, on the way to my day job, it occurred to me that I left a configuration change to the web site undone and that I should quickly do it before the morning got crazy.  I opened the dashboard, through which I can change and control the web site, and thoughtlessly changed the wrong parameter, rendering the web-site inaccessible.  I wouldn’t have the ability to fix the error until I returned home.  It was frustrating to not be able to fix things until tonight.

Soon, I’ll have more time to write during the day.  I’ll hopefully make fewer mistakes but when I do, I’ll be able to fix them faster without spending the day worrying about them.