So … hi. It’s been a while. I have never been exactly a metronome when it comes to blog regularity. If I was pressed for a metaphor, it would be more along the lines of that experiment where people watch a piece of pitch slowly form a droplet and then, even more slowly, drip to the floor.
Not the ideal imagery for this sort of thing.
So where have I been for the last two years, since my freelancing post? Well, for one, I stopped freelancing. In the aftermath of the 2016 election, I found that I couldn’t sleep unless I did something to address what I saw as the growing shittiness of American politics, and I went to work for a great Democratic political startup called Flippable. It was the longest, but also one of the most rewarding 18 months of my working life, and among the many things it taught me is this: I’m not cut out for full-time politics. It damn near broke me. I will always treasure the time I spent there, but I’m also glad it’s over.
When I left the team at Flippable, I tried to take time off. I’m awful at taking time off, but I did manage a few weeks, and used that time to do some things I had been putting off – setting up my garden for the year, finally seeing Hamilton live, writing more than ten words of fiction in a sitting. All worthwhile, and all things I need to learn to do in concert with work, not instead of it.
So, as King George would say, what comes next? Another thing I learned at Flippable is that I love working with a team of passionate, talented, hard-working people. I missed that in my freelance days. But I also missed the feeling of building something myself, having ownership over something. So I decided to split the difference, and I started a company.
Seaworthy Digital is a new digital marketing agency, combining my web development background and marketing skills with an incredible content and strategy partner, and hopefully soon, a designer. It’s been fun, building from scratch again, and doing so in a more formal way than I ever did when I was a one-man shop.
So that’s my story. I can’t promise that I’ll post here as often as I would like, but since the bar is currently set at “once every two years”, I’m confident I can improve on that. Wish me luck – it’s going to be fun and scary, as all good things are.