Ever seen the movie SLC Punk? Besides having a kick-ass soundtrack of solid 80’s punk and a good look at what happens when one ingests too much acid at once, there’s a strong story about growing up and what each person faces. It’s somewhat ironic that the movie came out the year I graduated high school. I was one of those pissed off punk rock kids, completely indifferent towards life and not really sure what to do. So I did what any suburban kid would do: began a career in the financial services industry. When I left it 10 years later, I swore I’d never work in another office, ever again.
So naturally, 2 years later (almost to the day), I’m joining BlueGlass Interactive as their Senior WordPress Developer.
Wait a minute…did I say I wasn’t gonna “sell out” or “work for the man” again? Yep, I sure did. But I’ve been wrong before, and I’ll probably be wrong again. After all, all I ever wanted to do was build things. I kind of fell into the other aspects of my business. I don’t like sales. I don’t care for marketing. I don’t even like talking much about myself. Unfortunatly, all of those things are kind of required when running your own business. While I never much bought into the “I’m an entrepenuer, therefore I’m a fucking unicorn magician” school of thought, there’s a lot to be said for the amount of time and effort it takes to build something from nothing. Which is what I did with Reaktiv Studios. So why give that up to have to, among other things, wear pants?
Trust me when I say that the requirement of pants weighed heavily into my decision. But at the end of the day, I want to build things. It’s why I get up in the morning, why I can’t sleep half the time at night. It’s why I write functions with soap suds while taking a shower, and a few times dictated code to the passenger in my truck while I was driving. I don’t want to worry about much else. I’m simple like that. So after attending their conference in Tampa in September, then doing a bit of contract work with them, joining BlueGlass quickly because a no-brainer, In other words, I’ll get to do much of the same style of work I’m doing now, only I get to have a kick ass team around me and folks who are just as passionate about search, marketing, and solid content as I am about building awesome things with WordPress.
Now, I’m not shutting down my business. In fact, this move will allow me to be extremely selective with what projects I do (and don’t) take on, who I choose to work with, and what I will charge since I no longer have to make sure I pull in X dollars a month. Security (and benefits to boot!) is a nice feeling to have. And, while I may not be the most sociable person around, I do miss having that real life interaction with folks who are truly driven by what they do.
Even if I have to wear pants.