In 2010, I found myself burnt out by my old career. The stress caused by my gig was so bad that my body began to tear itself apart from the inside in protest of it. I knew that, if I didn’t walk away, I wouldn’t be around for long to regret it. So, walk I did: I took a book deal with Wiley Publications. I updated a Dummies book. My friend Robbie Baldwin gave me a shot blogger to me at MacLife Magazine. For close to a decade, I freelanced. At times, I damn near starved. At others, I wondered how in the hell I had come to be so fortunate. That I worked for myself for so long was due, in equal parts, to there not being a lot of opportunities for full-time employment as a tech journalist in Canada and the fact that I’d had enough of being driven into the ground by a nine-to-five job to last a lifetime.
Apparently, a lifetime’s not as long as it used to be.
Just shy of two years ago, I started writing for Reviewed.com. I enjoyed the work: they demand an incredible amount of attention to detail: the gear the site reccomends is tested within an inch of being destroyed (and often, in my case, beyond that.) But the tone of the writing is never overbearing. It’s friendly. It’s conversational. scribbling for them feels good. A large part of this is due to the site’s editorial. I tend to shy away from joints that produce drama—if writing for an outlet, with offices that are thousands of miles away from me can cause me stress, I’d rather look for work elsewhere. Life’s too short. I’ve never had a problem with Reviewed’s team. Now, I’m a part of it.
A month ago, I accepted a full-time position with Reviewed as the site’s Updates Editor. There’s a lot to learn! But it’s felt great. I have the same boss as I did before and the work feels just as satisfying, if not more so. As a writer, I was able to produce content that had the potential to help my readers make better buying decisions and, perhaps, make it easier to decide if they need to spend any money at all. As an editor, I’m able to continue this same mission on a larger scale, not only producing new content, but also helping to steer a site that I adore towards bigger and better things with a team I couldn’t be happier to be a part of.
Also, there are regular paychecks.
I’ll still write the odd guide for Reviewed and, from time to time, you’ll see my work in Boing Boing as well. But, for the time being, the long list of new gadgets and tech that I’ve jammed the pages of this site with over the past nine years will be coming to a stumbling crawl. I’ve got spreadsheets to nurture and writers to work with.
That said, my evenings and weekends are free, now. For now, the fear not having enough work to pay the bills is gone. I’ve finally got the time to finish writing my damn novel (if the novel wants to be finished,) and for other creative pursuits. As I pull new, original works out of my skull, they’ll be posted to this site’s blog. Hopefully, my demons and travel writing will bring you some enjoyment. They do me.
So. That’s that. Time to set to this new chapter.