Moving on — my plans for the future

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I’ve decid­ed it’s time for a change pro­fes­sion­al­ly, so I’m mov­ing on from at the end of the week. It was a tough deci­sion to make because there’s a lot of real­ly cool and excit­ing things com­ing up in their future, but my prob­lem is that between my salaried work and my extra-cur­ric­u­lar work, my spare time is far more occu­pied than I’d like it to be. I’ve come to the con­clu­sion that one of the two has to be cho­sen, and work­ing for myself comes out ahead.

In the short term I’m going take a few weeks off, and then start writ­ing my sec­ond book (I haven’t actu­al­ly signed the con­tract for it yet, but it’s been giv­en the go-ahead by my pub­lish­er). I’m also work­ing as tech­ni­cal edi­tor for Chris Mills’ book, so the plan is for the mon­ey from this and oth­er writ­ing to sup­port me for a bit. I’m talk­ing at more events this year, and the extra time I get will allow me to focus on get­ting bet­ter at that.

Longer term I’m in very ear­ly stage plan­ning to put togeth­er a co-oper­a­tive with some friends where we can put our con­sid­er­able expe­ri­ence to use mak­ing inter­est­ing and excit­ing things. That’s about as defined as we are at the moment.

Depend­ing on how long the co-op takes to get off the ground I may be doing some free­lance work lat­er in the year, and I’m always open to hear­ing offers about talks, writ­ing and con­sul­tan­cy, so feel free to get in touch with me about that or any oth­er oppor­tu­ni­ty you think I might be inter­est­ed in. Or just get in touch for a chat, as it’s going to be pret­ty lone­ly work­ing by myself for the next few months!

I wish the best of luck to every­one at, and I’m very excit­ed and appre­hen­sive about being unem­ployed for the first time since I left school!

2 comments on
“Moving on — my plans for the future”

  1. What will your sec­ond book be about? Are you plan­ning a sec­ond edi­tion of your CSS3 book?

  2. My sec­ond book will be about mod­ern web dev tools and specif­i­cal­ly for using them to build mul­ti-plat­form sites. And I think there will be a 2nd edi­tion of the CSS3 book, per­haps next year, and it will need to be *heav­i­ly* revised!