My life has undergone some major changes (again) lately, and chief among them is that I no longer work at Tumblr.
I quit at the beginning of April after starting in January. Weird, right?
The short version of the story is that over those few months I realized I wasn’t happy with what I was working on. I wanted something that I could truly be excited about working on everyday. Something I could have final cut on. I felt like I hadn’t shipped something I truly cared about it in a very long time and that it was the right time for me to fix that.
So, I’ve been spending the last two months recharging, regrouping, and doing a lot of thinking.
It has really been quite nice, acutally. This is the longest sustained break I’ve taken since I dropped out of college to go the indie software developer route back in 2008. From a very busy and stressful time as an indie to 2 years living a pretty intense startup life at Gowalla, a weekend off, then a year at Black Pixel, then straight to Tumblr, it’s nice for the first time to really take a good while to gain some perspective and think about what’s truly important to me as well as what I want to do with my life.
I’ve been able to use this time not only to do some much-needed thinking and planning, but also to cultivate some healthy habits that fell by the wayside when I moved out here nearly a year ago. I’m starting to feel rested and better than I have in quite a long time. (I’ve dropped about 12 pounds, feels good, man.)
Anyhow, I’m working on some projects that have sat on the backburner for too long and I’m also working on some stuff with my good friend Buzz that we’ll be ready to talk about soon.
In other news, I’m heading out for WWDC tomorrow morning, I’ll be in town until next Saturday. Feel free to come say hi if you see me around (I’m the bearded fellow). If you’re in the Bay Area but are not WWDC-adjacent, give me a holler if you’d like to have drinks.