I am sorry to say that as of the moment I am no longer an employee at The Stranger. It’s a longish story that I don’t really feel like getting into (and it would probably seem stupid to outsiders), but let’s just sum it up as “editorial differences.” I was always appreciative of the opportunity to share the page with such a great group of writers, and will miss some (if not all) of the experience. We have left open the possibility of me returning to the paper in some capacity, but after more than three years there I am comfortable with the notion of moving on.
Of course, just because I’m no longer being paid to pontificate on politics doesn’t mean I’ll stop pontificating. I certainly don’t plan to maintain my prior workload, but do expect to use HA again as an outlet. So sorry, trolls. I also plan on doing some long deferred maintenance in order to both speed and clean things up around here. As for my career plans, well, I’m determined to be openminded.
It is no secret that I have long been considering a run for office, quite possibly a city council run in 2015. But I lack the financial resources to wait 22 months until my next paycheck, so I have no choice but explore more practical options.
I am fully aware that there aren’t likely any local journalism jobs out there for me—at least none that would pay the bills—so I won’t be looking too hard in that direction. May 10 will be my 10th Blogiversary; that’s a long time to be doing one thing, so I could use a change. That said, I am confident I would still be a valuable asset to the right broadcast, print, and/or online news outlet. So if anybody is looking to add a smart, wonky, passionate, provocative voice, drop me an email.
Other than that, I’m open to new challenges: communications, public relations, government relations, policy analysis, political consulting (I helped elect a Socialist, for chrisakes! What’ve the other consultants done?)—as long as it’s a cause, candidate, or product I can get behind. I am also perfectly willing to consider abandoning politics altogether. I’m a self-taught programmer capable of straddling the chasm between marketing and development, so a return to the tech industry would be appealing.
The point is, I’m looking for a job: presumably one that pays better than the last one, while harnessing my passion and creativity. So if you have any offers or suggestions, let me know.