Today I start a new job. I’ll be part of the Easy Digital Downloads team; writing docs, teaching things, speaking at WordCamps, and anything else awesome I can think of. I’m really really excited to be working with the team that’s there.
Why? (and what about HeroPress?)
More than one person has asked me if XWP fired me because HeroPress didn’t get funding from Kickstarter. I’d like to be very clear and say that did NOT happen. It’s true that HeroPress didn’t become my full time job, and it’s true that there was no longer a position for me at XWP, but it was in no way a punishment for failure.
The week after the HeroPress Kickstarter failed I spent most of a day on Skype with Dave, our founder, looking for a place for me inside the company. I realized later that since he’s in Australia he stayed up all night with me.
We found several different options that kept me working until I could decide what I wanted to do. XWP staff spent time on the clock helping to figure out what *I* wanted to do, whether it be within X-Company or not. They really went over and above to help *me*, and I’ll be forever grateful.
You didn’t answer the question
The “why” is that my time with HeroPress opened my eyes to a wide range of jobs outside of coding that I could do, and many of them fascinated me. I’ve always loved teaching, writing, and making contacts with people, and it became apparent that I was good at it, and might be able to make a living at it.
More than one company indicated that I should talk to them if HeroPress didn’t pan out, so that’s what I did. Most of them weren’t looking for what I wanted to do, but even they spent time to help me figure things out. WordPress has a good community around it.
Pippin’s been wanting someone to wrangle docs and communicate well for the company for a while now, so when he heard I was available and interested things just clicked.
Ok, but really, what about HeroPress?
When we were working full time on HeroPress there were two of us putting all our time and energy into it, and two others on contract putting a fair amount in as well.
When it became apparent we weren’t going to make a living from it, we all had to get back to work on other things. The contractors went on their way, Dave went back to running X-Company, and I started coding again.
But I couldn’t let HeroPress go. With the new direction of text instead of video it’s not nearly as expensive or time consuming. So I just did it.
I’ve been doing it on my own time with my own direction since the Kickstarter ended. I honestly don’t know where it’ll go. I don’t know if it’ll ever support anyone financially in any way or not. I just know it’s a good thing, and at this point I can afford to run it.
It might end tomorrow, a month from now, or never. We’ll see what happens.
I mentioned it a bit above, but I wanted to be clear there’s no bad blood between XWP and me. To the contrary, the team there quickly became like family to me. They taught me so much, and supported me through some really hard times.
Last fall I did a post thanking each and every one of them, and I still mean every single word.
Here are some of the team from last spring:
Thanks so much for everything gang, you changed my life.