Our new look

IMG_4834Yes, welcome to our new look Recovery Stories. Now you know why I’ve been quiet on the website the past few days.

I’ve been very busy uploading our content from one management system to another – and then checking it all thoroughly. Nearly drove me mad. But you can see how happy I am now.

I guess there are three questions here. The Why? The How? And the Who?

The Why? The new system has a much better look and feel to it, at least as far as I am concerned. It now has the Wired In brand in place. The new system also offers the opportunity for much more functionality, some of which is already in place. We will do much more with the website in the future.

The How? Well, I certainly didn’t do it all! A few weeks ago I was contacted by an old friend and former colleague Ash Whitney from Neath in South Wales. Some of you will remember that Ash designed the Daily Dose website and  also developed our Substance Misuse, Wired In Initiative and Drugs in Sport websites.

I was thrilled to hear from Ash again and we were soon catching up with all the mutual news on Skype. During these discussions, I told Ash how I had developed Recovery Stories and he offered to help me build a better site using Word Press. I couldn’t refuse such a kind offer and it wasn’t long before we were working together again.

At all hours, just like the old days! Pouring over our computer screens trying to decide what should go where and how something should look. With the time difference between us (7 hours) one of us was always out of sync with our sleep cycles. Ash turned in at 04.30 this morning (his time)!

ash-whitneyAnd that is the answer to Question number 3, The Who? Ash Whitney of Wired Up Wales.

It’s been a great experience putting the new website together and I really love the final product of this process. And I feel very proud of what we have achieved.

But most important of all has been the renewal of a great friendship. The catching up, the laughs, the shared intellectual challenges and the general banter. It’s been great! And the shared love of sport!!

So Ash, THANK YOU so much for all you have done. THANK YOU for coming back into my life. And I look forward to a long collaboration and an ever continuing friendship.

Can I ask you all to take a look around the website. Although the content is almost identical to the old website, there’s a lot to see. Please also check out the new Facebook page and give us a ‘Like’ – if you like us!

I’ll tell you a little more about the aims of the website on Monday.

Have a good weekend. My best wishes, David