Blog failure turns to happiness, plus can you handle all this? March 24, 2011 cliffski Thankyou Scott Fadick!, for alerting me to my blog giving some arcane error. I assume it was hacked, because I haven’t changed a thing, and wordpress was hugely out of date. Anyway, a simple one-click update to the latest version (things really have improved since I last went through wordpress upgrade hell), and it all seems fine again. Let me know if it isn’t. That awful dread feeling I had when I’d finished a long (but very productive) days work, had a quick game of Battlefield:BC2, and thought it was time for a glass of wine and an episode of spooks…. and then to think the evening would be spent fiddling with databases and php….Bah. What a pleasant surprise to have it fixed so easily. The trouble with being an indie is that such problems all become yours. If you are thinking of leaving a coding day job for indie software business, consider this: Do you want to be in charge of the design, code and management of your company’s website? Including the blog? And the forums? Do you want to be the one who talks to the accountant and works out stuff like VAT and corporation tax? Do you want to be in charge of choosing which subcontractors to hire, and haggling over how much to pay them? Are you confident your idea for a product is so good it can pay for your family for the next 2 years? Are you confident enough of financial success that you can set aside money for a pension, and if you are in the US, for private health care? For a lot of people, the answer to all of that is ‘yes!’, but they fall at this next fence: Can you get out of bed promptly every morning, and go sit at a desk and do a full days work in your own home? Most people can’t. It’s generally hard, although I have various tricks to make me do it. One day, I’ll give a talk at some games conference about it. or maybe a series of blog posts. Hmmmm.