500+ blog posts, 5,000+ comments, and almost 365 caffeine-fueled nights of insomnia later, I’m afraid I must announce my departure from ReadWriteWeb.
Blogging for ReadWriteWeb was my dream job, and I’m unimaginably sad that I have to leave. I’ve learned so much and have been so honored to work with bloggers like Richard MacManus, Marshall Kirkpatrick, and the rest of the RWW team – honestly, I’ll feel like something of an amputee for a while, I think. But time to move on it is, and move on I must.
Lots of folks will want to know why I’m leaving the company I love, but to be honest, there’s nothing complicated, shocking, or sordid about it. Be that as it may, the details are between RWW and me. I will say that I leave with nothing but admiration for my former coworkers in my heart.
And people will also want to know what I’m doing next. I count myself in that group, actually.
One of the projects I’m working on now is an event that will showcase early-stage companies that use technology for the greater good. I hope to have more information live at Goodte.ch shortly after I return to the Bay from SXSW, so stay tuned! If you’d like to be involved, please email me. I’m looking for good startups, startup- and philanthropy-focused sponsors, and others who’d like to give back to the greater human community, as well.
I’m also going to use this time to work on my (currently negligible) Python skills, get on a normal sleep schedule, and settle into my and Eston’s new digs in Burlingame.
Since this departure is rather unexpected and sudden, I haven’t quite decided where I’m going next. I’m living in Silicon Valley now, which makes doing product work at a startup an even more exciting idea. I have a list of six web apps I think have killer attributes – things involving self-reference, multimedia content, microcontent, and game mechanics. I’d love to work on a product with those elements in particular.
Of course, I freakin’ love tech blogging and will continue to do so; if it turns out that I don’t work for another tech blog, then I’ll be posting here and/or on a company blog somewhere. And I’ve absolutely adored all the things I’ve been doing to engage communities lately, from working on events to speaking to fostering conversations online.
If you want to get in touch about work opportunities, shoot me an email. I’ll be back in the San Francisco area and available to take meetings starting Monday, March 22. If you want to see my CV or know more about my qualifications, Google “Jolie O’Dell” or connect with me on LinkedIn.
I will be so sad to click the “Publish” button on this post. The only thing that will ease that pain is the excitement of what’s to come next.