Tuesday, November 23, 2010
[I wrote this elsewhere and am cross-posting it here. I believe if you're unhappy in life, it's up to you to do what it takes to change your circumstances, whether that's taking classes, ending a bad relationship, moving, or whatever else it may be. I found myself unhappy with my weight and my lack of a social life, and one of the main culprits to both was being on the road ~40% of my time. It was time for a change.
I love traveling. I really do. And I'm pretty sure within a month or two I'm going to go insane from being trapped in one city for too long. I'm hoping it'll pass. But being home will allow me to get in to a routine and not worry about it as much. I'm a creature of habit, and not being on the road 40% of my time will significantly help my weight loss efforts. For this audience, it's really the end of the blog that gets my point across. Anyway, read on ....]
A Fond Farewell to ARIN, and an Excited Hello to Apptix
In February 2003, I went to work for the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) – one of five organizations in the world that allocates IP addresses. It’s a largely unknown, but highly important, part of how the Internet works. My geeky side was immediately drawn to the job.
I’ve been through at least four job titles – maybe more, I sort of lost count – and about a thousand job functions. At a small company, sometimes your career path is limited. I’ve been lucky; ARIN worked with me to keep me happy, forging a career path as I went, and allowing me to be involved in some really great projects. It also satisfied my wanderlust, sending me to places scattered across the globe I probably never would have gone to on my own. Having a job that pays you to wander the planet is a pretty sweet deal.
Ultimately, what really matters, though, is the friendships I’ve made with fellow staff members, colleagues from other technical organizations, and ARIN members. After this many years, and so many late night drinking sessions… erm, meetings, I truly believe many of these people will stay in my life.
Today, just shy of my 8th anniversary, I resigned from ARIN. I will miss many things about the company and the community. Not to mention that fully stocked kitchen and endless supply of tech support.
Starting December 13th, I’m moving on to a company called Apptix. It’s an Application Service Provider (ASP, in geek speak) that provides Exchange email hosting, hosted VoIP, mobile Exchange hosting, and SharePoint hosting. (In other words – got a small- or medium-sized business and need someone to take care of some of the technical stuff so you can focus on your actual business? Call me. I can help.)
I am excited for the new challenges this position will bring. My full job title will be Public Relations and Social Media Marketing Manager. It’s long. I know. PRSMMM, perhaps? PRS-M-cubed?
I’m excited that it’s more of a marketing position. I have a very expensive GWU degree in marketing, so it’ll be nice to use it. And I absolutely loved creating and implementing a social media strategy and program at ARIN, so I’m excited to focus my energies more on that side of things going forward. I also love that there’s a career path going forward. From manager to director to vice president … I have more options at a bigger company. I love that I’ll be doing more writing – not just press releases, but blog posts and white papers and case studies and that sort of thing, which are much more interesting to compose than basic who-what-when-where snapshots.
Beyond that, I’m excited to get my life back. I loved the travel and being on the go. I really did. But it takes a toll. On my social life. On my love life. On my health. I’m ready to improve all of these things. To develop a social life, where I can actually show up to things people invite me to, and to be around often enough people don’t just assume I’ll be gone. Strengthen some neglected friendships, and make some new ones. Music! To not miss every fabulous concert in town. To date someone and not have to disappear on him 40% of the time, and therefore never forge a meaningful bond because I can’t do long distance. To get back to the gym and take care of my body and my health and make a significant effort to get some weight off, and not have it interrupted by being gone and (over)eating in restaurants three meals a day. To look forward to vacations again, because trips will be special occasions and not just another thing on the to-do list. And to write more for me – hey there, blog, nice to see you again. I plan on stopping by a little more often coming up here soon.
So, big changes, and I really think they’re for the best. I’m a little nervous – can’t lie about that. ARIN is stable and comfortable and I’m walking into something at Apptix that is new and untested and unknown. I tend to analyze things to death, but when I finally jump, most times I’ve made the right choice. Here’s hoping that trend continues …
Stay tuned, kids. This could get interesting!