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Personal: Intentionally Unemployed

Yesterday was my last day at Metaweb. Metaweb's a great company, and I enjoyed my three month stay there, but after finishing the work I was working on, I knew it was time to take a break.

I've worked at five startups in a row. When I left IronPort, I wanted to "see the world" and see new ways of writing software. I've had a good time, but it's taken its toll on me. Six months ago, I was learning Ruby on Rails, doing a Facebook startup using it, and trying to take care of my family as my wife gave birth to our fourth child. You can see why I'm kind of burnt out. I'm hoping to take a month or so off.

I've now been doing Python Web development on Linux (on and off) for about seven years. When I started, there were few Python jobs, and I was the only one at my company who insisted on using Linux for his desktop. There was no OS X. Everyone used Windows. I was coding in PHP working with the author of the first book (which had just come out) on PHP, Leon Atkinson. It's amazing how the world has changed.

I have no clue what I'll do next. I'd like to do something new. Unfortunately, looking at Craigslist, it seems like the industry is a bit slow right now, and there doesn't seem to be much new going on. Hopefully, I'll find something new and interesting. Today, I'm hanging out at SuperHappyDevHouse in order to recharge my batteries and get excited about programing again.

Happy Hacking!

Comments

RabidHamster said…
I took the last few months off myself. Here's a valuable tip: don't mark a date off in the calendar as the date you'll shit into gear again. Just enjoy it day by day.
dcancel said…
Hi,

Big fan of your blog, it's one of my regular python reads.

When you're ready and if you're interested let us know. We'd love to have you on our team at my new company.

More info here:
http://davidcancel.com/2008/02/13/earn-1000s-a-week-working-from-home/
and
http://pages.lookery.com/softwareengineer

Cheers,
David
Kelly Yancey said…
Does this mean you'll have time to rock PyWeek 6? :)
> I took the last few months off myself. Here's a valuable tip: don't mark a date off in the calendar as the date you'll shit into gear again. Just enjoy it day by day.

Ah, good advice. Thanks!
> Big fan of your blog, it's one of my regular python reads.

Thanks, man!

> When you're ready and if you're interested let us know. We'd love to have you on our team at my new company.

Looks like a good setup. Will do.
> Does this mean you'll have time to rock PyWeek 6? :)

I think I talked about doing it with Zack. I haven't committed to doing it yet, but it's tempting ;)
Bob Van Zant said…
Dude, come visit us in India :-)
> Dude, come visit us in India :-)

Haha, I wonder how much it would cost to fly the six of us out there ;)