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.