Pondering the future

I've worked on a lot of cool stuff over my career, both as an employee and on my own. I've met a ton of awesome people along the way (and some not; you know who you are), and I wouldn't change any of it.

Here's the thing:

I can't say that I've been happy

I've worked up and down the food chain, as a developer, an architect, manager, evangelist; heck I even made my living as a designer for a few years. Lately I find that I appreciate the allure of the steady paycheck less, especially given the trade-offs in working as an employee. Typically, I have very limited creative control, and end up making a lot of compromises between my passions and my employers' expectations. More than I'd like.

Boiling it down, here's what I like:

  • learning things
  • creating things
  • helping others to learn and create things

So what

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Mind the (1.5 year) gap

Has it really been over a year and a half since I blogged anything? Is blogging dead, as some bloggers are saying? Not really. Have I been too absorbed in work to write anything? Definitely. Hell, just ask Estelle Weyl, who I left hanging on co-authoring a sweet O'Reilly book (proof that I don't always make lucid decisions about priorities in my life).

I can't say that the past year and a half has been very productive. I got caught up in the dramatic crash of Palm and webOS followed by the amazing relaunch attempt of BlackBerry only to find myself adrift most of 2013. Now I'm nearly into 2014 asking myself where the time went.

Life is truly short. I always "knew" this, but these days I know it. I've got things to do before I'm done.

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