2013 was a year full of changes.

At the start of 2013, I was continuing my long-term role as the Director of Interactive Marketing for a turnstile manufacturing company. A few months in, I had changed direction and went on to work with a local advertising firm, ending my freelancing work in the process. Then, right before the ending of the year, I moved on to an in-house project for an eCommerce company dedicated to helping people save money and educating on the value of those savings.

Not only did I go through professional changes, but my lovely wife, Jessica, made a bolder change. In the summer of 2013, she launched an online store, The Confetti Bar, selling nothing but custom, hand-made confetti. In pursuit of her dreams, she made the terrifying leap in November to quit her day job and make confetti full-time.

And with all the changes going on with and around me, I come back to this blog. My lonely blog, which has been so neglected, two years worth of posts show up in a listing of my ten most recent ones.

In the entirety of 2013, I managed to whip up a grand total of… Five blog posts.

Five. Blog. Posts.

2013 was a year of changes, but you wouldn’t have known it from my count.

And for 2014, I want to make a few more changes.

Platforming Games and iOS

Apple’s iOS platform has brought us great efforts in gaming and introducing us to new genres along the way (Who knew flinging birds into pigs could be so much fun?). However, browse for good platformer games and what do you get? Not too much. Of the ones you do find, many of them are clunky in design and have poor control. Sadly, you don't discover these issues until after you buy the game. Luckily, they’re cheaper than buying retail games, but the offering and support is just not there. Enter Mystery of the Japanese Werewolf by Daniel Marthis Novais.

As a web designer and developer, the more I think about it, the more I fear HTML5/CSS3-based animations. The biggest benefit people see from this is the option to not have to resort to Flash, Silverlight, or any other 3rd-party plugin to create animations on a web site. However, I believe the farther we get with our HTML5 animation advancements, the quicker we get to experience more intrusive advertisements. How many times have you gone to a webpage and seen it completely covered by a Flash advertisement you had to click through to continue reading the full site? Interactive ads are getting more creative and harder to avoid. But, for Flash-based ads, there are browser plugins that can block the ads from running. How do you handle blocking intrusive ads built with HTML5?