Its been an interesting year to say the least and a lot has changed. The year started off pretty badly at Beanies where the whole night seemed to end up in arguments and unhappy people. I went back to Uni and had another cracking term including some great parties and nights out. The term peaked with my birthday where I got so wasted and got some wicked photos.
This term of Uni also gave birth to Switchweb which is now making a nice profit thanks to some hard work.
Easter came and in the first week of being home I got dumped by Steph for Shannon. It hurt lots at the time and it still annoys me when I think about it now but fortunately it was for the best.
Its a shame cause they did split the "group" for quite a while until the summer when they split up.
In this time Jonnie had setup his own forum to rival ImAFish which took good advantage of this split, it did annoy me at the time however it didn't have any major effect on the popularity of ImAFish.
I still remember the day after they split up and I was in town with Nick and Shannon when Steph walked past crying, I almost felt sorry for her but after what happened it was sickly entertaining.
Fortunately things moved on and by mid-summer everything was back to how things were before (apart from me being single). We had some good nights out over the summer normally in Liquid but occasionally Flares.
By the end of August everyone seemed to be looking forward to going back to Uni (those that go) however things had taken an unusual turn. I had met Laura years ago as one of Stephs old school friends. We had occasionally chatted on-line however our paths had never really crossed until I split up with Steph.
Late Easter we had started going out for drinks together which was nice as I was feeling quite down at the time though I soon went back to Uni. Throughout the summer we had kept in contact, whether it had been on-line, going out for a drink or bumping into each other in town.
At the beginning of September I was in Yates (on a wed night) chatting to Serena, I mentioned that I had gone to the cinema with Laura the previous night and she said it sounded like Laura was interested in me and she would find out if she was.
Later in Liquid Serena told Laura that I liked her, while it wasn't the most tactful approach thankfully for my pride Laura said she liked me too. Later that night we got together and we have been together ever since.
My main worry at the time was going back to Uni in a couple of weeks time however we discussed it and she didn't think it would be a big issue. I have seen her every weekend since, either in Coventry or at home.
The second year of Uni started really slowly, it took quite a while for the course to get going and for the first 3-4 weeks I didn't actually do anything. In a way it made the term lag a bit and its not been as fun this year like it was last year. The work load has also significantly increased and the last 2 weeks of term were very hectic with coursework and tests.
I have made a lot of new friends at Uni this term and have found I have been going out with different people from last year (apart from Ben and Chris) though its all good.
These past couple of months has also seen Jonnie's Forum go, while it was a shame it did seem slightly pointless having two forums for the same purpose. For a while the ImAFish forum saw an increase in traffic though this has slowed down over xmas, I expect it will pick up once xmas is over.
The rest of ImAFish has stagnated over the last year and 2004 was the first year where we saw no new ImAFish version! I do have some pretty big plans for ImAFish 8 over the coming year including making it into a more personal site. I know what I want ImAFish to be like - its just designing and coding it now which is what is going to take the most time.
It seemed to be the year where all the old relationships ended and new ones begun, started with Jonnie and Kelly, then Shannon and Beanie, on to Me and Steph, Nej and Lisa then Tom and Rachel. By the end of the year some are still single but others have new partners. Well done to Alex and Ami for staying together (ironic?).
The year finished with a party Friday night and I was wasted, start as I mean to go on?.... Maybe.
January has been quite a slow month it seems, not a lot has happened and I'm just looking forward to going home in reading week (mid Feb) now. Second year of uni seems so different to the first, in a way its almost boring. I'm not sure why my motivation isn't as strong this year it just isn't.
I'm looking forward to next year, getting a house in particular should be good. Advice to anyone who thinks its a good idea to stay in halls in your second year then don't. You realise how much more work you have and how much money you don't have so you just end up by being woken up by drunk people in the early hours of the morning and watching countless hours of TV shows.
I'm looking forward to my holiday in the summer with Laura to Spain, it should be good. As for the rest of the summer its too far ahead but I do intend to go away again at least once. Can anyone say group holiday? It may be hard to organise but could be good fun, even if it was just to butlins.
On the Switchweb front things are going well, we have recently expanded some more so should be able to take many more orders!
Its coming to the end of a busy period with loads of coursework being handed in over the past couple of weeks. Last Sunday was my 20th birthday and we had a big night out Wed that was a really good night out. Was pretty wasted but still got loads of cool photos.
Tomorrow is my last shift (ever) at Greggs! I have been there for over 3 years but cant really face it anymore and fancy a change. Its not been too bad there but experience in selling sandwiches, cakes and pasties can only take you so far.
Next week is the last week of term, in-fact a lot of people are going home this week. Not got a lot to do over Easter work wise but exams start a couple of weeks after we come back. I failed the Cisco semester 2 this week (passed the skills test) which was slightly annoying and means more revision for after easter.
We got a house sorted for next year a couple of weeks back. It's a nice size house with 4 large bedrooms. Going to be living with Ben, Chris and Rob (who I live with this year). It will be good cause we will have a living room however the kitchen is quite small. It's the same distance from the Uni as our current accommodation so wont have to get up too early before lectures.
I also brought a Mac Mini this term (for which there is a review on ImAFish). Its an awesome machine and I use it most of the time. Got myself a nice iPod Shuffle as well for all my tunes.
My music tastes have changed somewhat since Christmas, as well as the usual Trance I have been listening to the Stereophonics, Snow Patrol and the Killers. I'm going off the majority of Hip-Hop etc not that I listened to that much before anyway.
Switchweb has been going well but ImAFish is in some serious need of work. I have some plans to combine ImAFish with my blog somewhat but until I work out the details and have the motivation to do any work I cant see a lot happening.
These are my top 6 most listened to Electronic/Trance podcasts so far this year:
1. Tiesto's Club Life
Week after week Tiesto's club life provides consistent quality electronic music. The hour long weekly show has a mix of melodic and uplifting trance. I listened to the two part Christmas special several times as it had some of the best songs of 2008 including some from Tiesto's own In Search of Sunrise album.
2. Armin Van Buuren's - A State of Trance
Armin's podcast introduced me to one of my favorite songs of last year, Sunlounger & Zara - Lost (Club Mix Edit). His weekly 20 -25 min podcast provides equally as good quality electronic music as Tiesto and is often a great place to hear Armin's own tracks before they are released.
3. James Vardil's - Monthly Mix
Ex ImAFish founder James 'Yammez' Vardil's monthly funky house mix combines a great mix of new and classic tracks. The podcast goes from strength to strength with February's podcast being the best yet.
4. Above & Beyond's Trance Around the World
The UK's best trance DJ's Trance Around the World podcast provides 2 hours of weekly trance including guest mixes and tracks from upcoming albums. I can see Above and Beyond topping DJ lists in the years to come.
5. Funky House London Style
A monthly house podcast that provides consistent funky house music.
6. Sean Tyas' Podcast
Hot off his recent essential mix, Sean Tyas' podcast is my most recent addition in iTunes. It has a nice trance feel and the tracks are hot and consistent.