Funemployment is over. I have work to do.
I made the decision last summer, when I was starting to look at new jobs, that I no longer wanted a full-time, all-consuming job. I made a list of what I wanted, and it looked like this:
- Time to work on my own projects (2 days a week)
- Time to continue my graduate course work in computational linguistics and data visualisation (1 day a week)
- Working from home
- Working with smart people from whom I can learn loads
- The opportunity to teach others
- Cutting-edge technology
- Work in areas I’m passionate about: media, publishing, mobile, news
- Ability to continue to travel
- Complete ownership of my schedule
- Last but not least: stay in Ireland (at least until my visa runs out!)
I might be the luckiest person I know – things are working out great so far. Here’s what I’m working on:
LECTURING: I have accepted a part-time lecturing position at the National College of Ireland for the Advanced Rich Internet Applications piece of their new MSc in Web Technologies program. I start at the end of January, and I can’t express how much I’m looking forward to it. During my time at Microsoft Ireland, my absolute favourite part of my job was being able to take small groups of developers and teach programming concepts and new technology designs. I love teaching, so I can’t wait to get started.
PERSONAL PROJECTS: I’m continuing to work on my own projects, which are small prototypes that I will probably blog about later.
NEW TECHNOLOGY: And lastly but most exciting, I’ve joined the team at Nomad Editions as their tech lead. I can’t think of an area I’m more passionate about right now than digital magazines. I’ve been a magazine junkie my whole life, and what magazines are doing with their digital versions is absolutely breaking my heart. Nomad Editions is a mobile-focused start-up based in New York doing the right thing for magazine and news readers as well as anyone who loves narratives and storytelling. Nomad Editions are small, focused weekly magazines downloaded to your desktop/laptop/phone/tablet/device that look amazing, no matter how you’re reading them.
If you are a foodie, a surfer or a film buff, you can sign up for the free beta trials now at http://nomadeditions.com. Or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/readnomad (each magazine has its own feed as well which I’ve listed here: http://twitter.com/martharotter/nomadeditions-15). Working with fantastically smart people like Petr van Blokland, Roger Black, Filipe Fortes and the superstar Nomad team means I’m learning all the time from the best of the best, which is an unbelievable opportunity.
Nomad Editions runs on top of Treesaver technology, designed and built by Filipe Fortes. Treesaver is what makes Nomad work cross-browser/cross-platform/cross-device and look amazing the whole time. To learn more about Treesaver, you can follow @trsvr on Twitter. This video interview with Robert Scoble gives an excellent overview of Treesaver’s origins and how it works: Treesaver Shows HTML5 Can Hold its Own Against Flipboard-style Design.
So that’s what I’m up to for the next few months. I’ll be in New York city next week for some new Nomad Editions developments and I’ll definitely have some news to blog about after that.