Taking a break…

Taking a break...No, before you panic, hear me out. :)

What I will be doing, starting in a couple of weeks, is taking a break from my day job at the Habañero Consulting Group in Vancouver. A relatively long break, actually. I’ll be taking a three-to-four months hiatus, starting at the end of this month to work to — you guessed it — work full-time on Protagonize.

Not what you expected from the post title, right?

I made the decision to take this sabbatical a few months back, on the suggestion of my boss at Habañero, who just happens to also meet with me regularly to offer advice on my own business. It seems like as good a time as any; I needed a break from my day job, as I’ve been under a lot of stress the last few months on large projects that have been eating up much of my free time, on top of my usual allotment of hours. I’ve also noticed that my (recently) hectic schedule has been a bit of a drain on me, leading me to not only have less time to devote to the site, but also to have less energy to do it when I actually do have the time.

In other words, I was feeling a little burned out, and this is exactly the refresher I needed.

So, what does this mean to you, the users?

Taking this break will allow me to focus completely on Protagonize for the coming months. I’ve been putting a variety of enhancements and features off for a long time that I’ve felt terrible about withholding. This includes a number of things, such:

  • The much-discussed subscriber features
  • The visual redesign I’ve been talking about for a few months
  • Recommended reading
  • Mobile device support
  • … and a number of other things that I don’t want to divulge just yet :)

I’ve been holding back talking about it for the last couple of months because I wasn’t sure when exactly I’d be able to leave work, due to ongoing projects. However, now that I’m pretty sure of the end date, I felt it was time to let everyone know what was up, and what you can all expect over the next few months.

I hope you’re all as excited as I am about this turn of events. I’m really looking forward to being able to spend some quality time on the site and working to improve the experience for all of our authors and readers.

Image courtesy of Chris_Radcliff on Flickr.

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10 Responses to Taking a break…

  1. Ana Cristina says:

    I’m happy for you that you will be able to take this hiatus (best.boss.ever) and refocus your energies. Can’t wait to see the new enhancements in action! :-)

  2. darkliquid says:

    Exciting news, boss! I’ll be eagerly looking out for the new features as they come.

  3. Moonwalker says:

    You desrve a rest, Nick, although I’m guessing you’ll be spending more time on Protag than you did on your day job. Their loss is our definite gain. Who knows, maybe you’ll even get a chance to do some writing, something I would love to see.

  4. aryst0krat says:

    Now all we need is a thousand new subscribers so you’ll be financially secure during your time off! :D

  5. Rac7hel says:

    I’m particularly excited about the number of things you don’t want to divulge just yet… ! Of all the things we’ve talked about, you still have more secret plans?

  6. Sly says:

    It’s funny, even though I remember you mentioning this recently in an e-mail to me I still got terrified by the title of this post, until I read further of course.

    I’m glad you’re going to finally get that break.


  7. SeeThomasHowl says:

    Very exciting news.

  8. Reed says:

    That’s great news! I’m looking forward to the new stuff!

  9. Delorfinde says:

    Looking forward to it! This visual redesign though … it won’t be TOO different, will it? Or I’ll miss the old Protag … it’s very ‘dear to me’.

  10. Nick says:

    @Delorfinde It’ll be different, yes — less cluttered, less ads, and easier to read works on the site and browse author profiles. Different, but ideally much better.

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