Ten years later

Today is my 34th birthday. Ten years ago I was only 24, a few years out of school, and I bit off more than I could chew by becoming a freelancer.

Although it eventually led me to GoDaddy, that whole “running my own business” adventure didn’t end well. It was a rough period in my life, filled with stress, and it took a while to recover.

Jumping back into that world of startups and entrepreneurship is both exciting and nerve wracking. Thankfully, I’ve learned a lot over the last ten years. Or at least, I think I have? 😬

I watched how others operate. I took note of what I liked and didn’t like. I quietly thought about my own approach, if I were to ever jump into the world of entrepreneurship again, and filed it away for safe keeping.

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Wrapping up at GoDaddy

This Friday, February 25th will be my last day at GoDaddy.

It’s been a hell of a ride.

Back in 2015, GoDaddy was looking for someone who knew online & offline communities, the web dev industry, and WordPress. The job description was a perfect summary of everything I had done up to that point, both professionally and as a hobby.

After a bunch of conversations (and several flights to Arizona), I joined the team as their first community manager for GoDaddy Pro, a partner program for web designers & developers.

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Reflecting on 2021

Our baby girl arrived at 11:45pm on Christmas Eve. We were stuck in the hospital for three days under strict Covid protocols. It feels like it was only a few days ago, but also forever ago.

We keep seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, only to find another tunnel waiting for us. We hoped that we’d celebrate our daughter’s first birthday with friends and family. Omicron took that away from us, as it has for so many others.

Still, we’re among the privileged. I’ve worked from home since 2015. We bought our house in late 2019, only months before everything went off the rails. My wife took 18 months extended maternity leave. Her mom lives with us. We live in a safe and quiet neighbourhood with tree-lined streets. Waterfront trails are just a few minutes’ walk from our door. I’m looking out my window right now. Bare branches against blue sky.

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Think Week & other life things

yellow dry maple

It’s a “light work week” at GoDaddy. I’m using the time for professional development, to catch up on some reading, and to kick the tires on some little R&D projects that’ve been knocking around in my head for the last several months.

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