As foreboding as that title sounds, I’m posting some good news today. Considering the nosedive many companies are taking in the tech (and global) marketplace due to the current economic climate, you’d probably think my “cutting back” was something negative. As it turns out, it’s entirely the opposite.
Many of you are aware of the fact that Protagonize is actually a one-man show, operated by yours truly. I’ve been running the site (and by running, I mean everything: designing, building features, maintaining, and administering/moderating) solo for the last year and change.
What you may not be aware of is that running Protagonize isn’t my day job. I actually work a full-time job as a User Experience Developer for the Habañero Consulting Group in Vancouver. I also write (albeit intermittently right now, though I’m going to start back up again soon) for Habañero’s User Experience blog.
That means that any time I spend on Protagonize (or on my other project, reroller) is done on my own time, after hours or on weekends. That should help explain why I can be a little unpredictable when replying to comments on my profile, reports, suggestions, feedback, or emails. And I get a lot of all of those. :)
Things are about to change a little, for the better. As of February 2nd, I’ll be switching over to a 4-day week at my day job (voluntarily!), which will give me a full business day a week in addition to the time I already spend on my side projects. I would love to be able to turn my work at Taunt Media into my full-time business, down the road, but I think that’s still a couple of years off. For the time being, I’m pretty happy to be able to dedicate an extra 4-5 business days a month to working on both Protagonize and reroller.
I’m pretty excited about this shift in my work life, so I thought I’d pass on my good news. Hopefully you guys will be able to reap the benefits my additional time to work on the site in the near future.
Cheers, and keep on writing! I’m really looking forward to getting started. :)