I'm planning longer pause (about 1 year) after current contract (IT - programmer). I have about 8 years of experience, and I haven't made such a long pause yet (maximal - 3 months). However, there are some private-sphere things I'd like to accomplish, and I want to strengthen my health, weakened by factory caging.
My question is, does such long pause have some negative impact on my chances of getting job and the rates I can negotiate? If so, how to minimize that effect?
I don't plan to completely escape from programming, I'm planning to do in that time a small, probably open-source project, by which I would learn new technologies. So theoretically I could put it in CV as making custom product (in case somebody would like to buy customizations or support). Is it a good idea to do that?