thanks for the kind words and thoughts
Right now, I’m trying to relax and not pressure myself too much. I’ve had a serious case of burnout once before and it wasn’t fun in the slightest - especially as I didn’t know I had it until way too late, and because my job at the time didn’t give me the space to recover. Luckily I am very aware of the symptoms, and have fully pulled the brakes and will only slowly start to work back up to the rate I was working prior to v3 being released when I feel ready.
Thanks also for the positive feedback. You’re right - I am already very aware of how enthusiastic pretty much everyone is when they experience Sonic Pi. It’s beautiful and rewarding and is what has driven me for the last 5 or so years working on it.
I guess one of the problems is that despite the many enthusiastic reports I’ve had with Sonic Pi, I feel that the more successful it becomes, the less help I’m getting and the larger my workload. I should make it clear that I’m hugely grateful of all the amazing help and support I’ve had - Sonic Pi wouldn’t be what it is today without the work of many amazing people. However, the reality of open source projects is that you’re reliant on people donating their time - and people tend to only donate time on things which are fun and rewarding (completely understandably). They also tend to donate their time sporadically as it fits around their life and workloads. So I therefore have to pick up all the annoying, hard, difficult, dirty, frustrating, unrewarding jobs. Also, as the user base grows, so does the number of people wanting/demanding support which is getting largely unmanageable for me. Finally, I now have 3 kids and I want to spend some time with them as they grow up. I also want to not have to worry about feeding them - which tears me up as I could easily be earning a LOT more money in industry (I’m currently earning a considerably smaller salary than I was earning 7 years ago - I’m pretty sure most decent programmers are earning a considerably larger salary than they did 7 years ago).
Somehow I need to get some time and space to recover and re-orientate myself - yet I’m running out of both. If I could get 8-10x more Patreon supporters and/or get some corporate sponsorship, then I should be good - but I can’t currently consider funding opportunities that have lots of requirements and bureaucracy - I’d much rather just get a well paid job instead