Some of you might have noticed a link to BankAlt.com in the right-hand navigation. If you follow the link you will find a site that's been under construction for the better part of this year. In case you're wondering WTH is up with this site, well, I admit: I'm the author of this site. I own it.
So then what's the deal with BankAlt.com? Back in January (or even December 2008, I forget) I had an idea about a database-driven website for World of Warcraft players. I can't give more details beyond saying that not all WoW players will be interested in what this site offers because it caters to a subset of them.
I'm a web developer by profession so building the actual site wasn't a problem. The biggest hitch was coming up with an idea. I've long wanted to build a WoW-themed site. Not a static site or a blog, but a database-driven one. Preferably something that people would find useful. Well, at one point I got this idea. Poking around the web, I couldn't find many other sites that cater to this particular subject. At least, I hope I'm not mistaken.
In January I started working on BankAlt.com. I bought the domain and I chose this name for several reasons: it's damn hard to find a meaningful domain name these days, the term is familar to WoW players and it is short and easy to spell and remember. Now that I had my domain I got down to some programming. In a month I had about 70% of the site done. All the work was done each evening after work, for about 2 hours at a time.
After that, it took me a whole month to code another 10%. You see, I'd hit a snag. I won't say more at this point but believe me that it was puzzling enough that it caused me to delay my work indefinitely. It wasn't a coding problem but an operational one. Since then, BankAlt.com is languishing under an "Under Construction" sign.
For months afterward I kept delaying and procrastinating. "I'll play some more WoW, until my subscription expires," or "I'll wait for another patch to see what new stuff they will add" and so on. After a while I had the notion that maybe I should launch it the way it is, incomplete but with the basic functionality in operating condition. I wasn't very keen on the idea. I don't want to make a fool of myself if things aren't properly tested out and I would feel ashamed if I didn't launch it with all the features I had in mind. OK, the concept is not even that complex. The bottom line is that I'm not comfortable releasing something that's half-baked.
A couple of days ago I had a revelation. It finally hit me. The problem that was plaguing me suddenly resolved itself. It was a major Doh! moment and I can't believe I didn't figure this out months ago. It was so simple, right under my nose. The operational problem can be solved through programmatic means. Oh well... live and learn.
Once again, BankAlt.com is back on track. I won't guarantee a launch date or even if it will launch. I'm still hoping it will be sometime this year. For that to happen I might have to take some days off work. 2 hours each night aren't enough to get some real work done and I need more time to get in the mood and concentrate. On the other hand, I'm afraid that my countless hobbies and interests will stand in the way of this project. Unfortunately, WoW, which is the inspiration for this site, is also the biggest culprit.
For the first time in months, I feel optimistic, even elated. I have found a solution for the biggest concern that I had and from here onward it should be a much easier road now that a major obstacle has been removed. There you are, I feel so good about this turn of events that I even posted my thoughts on it. Can't get better than that, can it? I just hope BankAlt.com will become a reality, sooner rather than later.
Former WoW player, current Diablo 3 fanatic, I love the finer things in life such as PC games, beer and computers. While playing a good game is a spiritual experience, blogging about it is almost equally rewarding.