I do websites. Just a hobby, mind you. But I do ’em. Lots of ’em. These days I like to work a lot with communities. I’ve built everything from scripts like Elgg, Oxwall, OSSN (which sucks, terribly, by the way)… I’ve used forum software like SMF, and even did some code and beta testing for Simple Portal. Joomla is a fun nightmare, but I always liked the outcome.
Every so often I have friends that come to me and say “hey, can you gimme a hand”. It’s cool, I love doing that. But I worry, you know? Because, at one point, as an IT tech and someone who used to do these things as a way to pay bills… the industry is brutal… and so I became brutal to compete. I tend to be honest…and nit-picky… and sometimes that’s not received too well. I’ve never learned the art of diplomacy. Anyone who is friends with me on Facebook can tell you that.
I hate the thought of losing the respect of friends over what I kinda view as a business..even though I forget to remind myself that it’s “just a hobby” these days. Yeah, it’s a problem. Tech Assholiness… there’s no cure… and not even therapy curbs the urge to tell someone “the way you’re doing this layout sucks a thousand asses of dead skunks”.
So I need to learn some things. I’m not bidding on jobs anymore… I’m not helpdesk, and I’m no longer managing a diverse corner of idiots in an IT department.
I felt bad when I had to leave that part of my life behind. But… I gotta tell ya… it opened up so many more possibilities for me… and made me see what a mess my life was when I was “doing the job”. You couldn’t pay me enough to return to that desk, now. What’s the point of this blog post? Ohhh… hell, I dunno. Rambling reflections of a world I don’t miss very much, I guess. I love my hobby. I hated my job. Funny how those two are often the exact same things.