I have a job.
That may not be a startling revelation unless you know that I have not had one for the last eight years, as I was self-employed.
The story of that time is simple: I had a young family, did not enjoy the profession I was working in, wanted to get back to journalism and wanted flexibility.
Freelance journalism was therefore a great way to make a living.
But in the last year or so I had started to take on large and complex freelance projects, like launching and editing magazines. I did this because I felt I had outgrown simple fee-for-service work in a “write a story and get paid for it, repeat until children fed and mortgage paid” mode.
I had also reached the conclusion that the kind of work I did could not scale beyond my own efforts: while I was the product, I could not hope to maintain cashflow and do much more than write and edit.
So when a job came along that offered me the chance to keep doing what I love – writing and editing – but also offered me a chance to work in a team and therefore have the chance to realise some other long-held ambitions, I took it.
It’s been a bit jarring, organisationally. I have to commute, 1.5 hours a day. Buying and eating large lunches from food courts is denting my budget and expanding my waistline. But I do get more time on my bicycle – I try to ride to the office whenever possible.
So … what do I do now?
My title is pretty fancy: I’m Managing Editor of CommStrat, a publishing and events company. I edit Government Technology Review plus My Business magazine and its new website. I also work with the editorial teams on our other publications, Council Manager, Roads and Public Works Engineering.
I’m also a contributor to SearchStorage ANZ. It’s my journalistic hobby. I am no longer the Editor of TechTarget ANZ.
What this means
These changes mean I have a new work email address.
It also means that my personal outpourings, like this blog and my Twitter stream will change a little. But not a lot. I decided long ago that I would never blend my personal output with work output without letting the audience know. So I used the code [plug] to let the world know when I was plugging a story instead of just being myself. It may also mean less personal stuff – I’m really, really, busy.
In the near future there’ll be a lot more of the [plug] as one of my new duties is editing the My Business website. I’m congisant that most of my followers did not sign up to get stories pushed at them, so will try hard to keep the usual stuff coming.
If you’re in PR or marketing, feel free to call for a chat to learn about the new role and what it means for the way we work together.
If you are a mate, I’m now much easier to catch up with.
If you’re a cyclist, let’s sit on each other’s wheels over the harbour bridge.