My apologies that this communication is a little late because things have been so hectic for us the last few months. As many of you know from our last update, we were estimating 3 - 6 months left of development until the new release (including new layouts) was complete. We couldn’t commit to a hard date because of the uncertainly associated with some decisions we made earlier, most notably our decision to move to a new and improved location.
About two years ago my family and I decided a move to Seattle would benefit us both personally and professionally. Actually making the move was easier said than done. With the current worldwide economic and housing crisis, we knew it would probably take us longer than we’d like to sell our home. We spent a few months fixing it up, and then a year and a half trying to sell it. Once we finally sold it, all new development I was doing for Doodlekit went on hold as we prepared for our big move. We were expecting no more than a month’s delay before I could get back to coding again.
Well, that didn’t happen. It actually took us over 3 months thanks in large part to our terrible moving company. Without warning us that any such delay was even possible, a few days before they were supposed to leave, we were notified by our movers that they were having problems finding a driver to Seattle. Of course we had our house already sold and our airline tickets already booked, so we had no choice but to just go to Seattle – with or without our belongings.
Without going into too much detail, we finally got our life back together about 2 months later. Our stuff (including my entire office) sat in a trailer in storage for many weeks. Needless to say we were a little upset. My family and I had to live in an empty home using air mattresses and paper plates to get by. While I had one laptop to do support work (which crashed ironically, but that’s a different story), any new Doodlekit development was impossible until our belongings arrived and I could dig out my office. For more details feel free to read my North American Van Lines Review on my personal blog.
The good news is we’re back on track and working hard on the new release. I’ll be working diligently to push out the new layouts as soon as possible. I apologize for the delay and the setback, but feel our new location is a step in the right direction for us all. As far as the new release, things are looking to be pushed out the first part of next year in January or February. I'm still very excited about this rolling out - it will be one of the best (if not the best) website makers on the market!