A few months ago I wrote about how every 6 months (on average) I appear to have a pivot in my life where something changes. It appears that six months has already passed and yet again there are major changes and upheavals in my life. However unlike before this pivot / change is taking a little longer to settle, I’m still within a state of flux. At the start of July I left the company that I founded with James Cunningham, Pitchie. Admittedly I didn’t leave under the best of circumstances in the world. All parties involved are no doubt still a little sore about what happened, but we’re moving on with our lives. Since leaving Pitchie I’ve been predominantly focusing on my video production work with Keyone Productions and my new favourite co-producer, Olly Newport. Together, over the past few months, we’ve gone on to produce videos for a number of startups and tech events as well as a few creative pieces. Although video is the medium which first drew me into the creative digital media space, it’s not something that completely satisfies me. Any of my close friends will notice that I’ve always got my eye on more ‘meaningful’ projects, ones which are for the long haul and not over in a matter of weeks.
Over the summer I started to take an active interest in online journalism. An opportunity was handed to me by those in charge of the online lifestyle magazine, It’s A BiG! Thing, they needed a part time tech writer for their site and wanted that to be me. After writing a few articles, which were met with quite an overwhelming positive response, they asked me if I would be interested in finding more people to write for the site and take up the position as ‘Tech Editor’; I agreed. I’ve been Tech Editor at BiG! for just under a month and I’m throughly enjoying it. Admittedly it is a part time position and I have become rather lazy, as of late, in posting content; but I attribute that to moving out of Brighton and living in a major state of flux.
Most people would be content with producing freelance video work and editing a Tech micro-site. Then again I’m really not most people. I’m not content with what I’m doing. When I was working on TinyGrab I felt as though I was making a difference to someone, somewhere, every single day for over two and a half years. Not a day would pass when I wouldn't receive a compliment, or a thank you, from someone who loved what my team was producing. I was active proof at the start of the app gold-rush / explosion that the student in a bedroom with little development knowledge, but a great idea and undeterred will, could build and achieve great things. I inspired people. As much as my ego may be leaving a seeping stain on the floor, it’s true and I’ve had people thank me for inspiring them. I want to do that again, whether that’s through my own startup, or someone else’s, I’m not fussed. That’s what I tried to achieve again with Pitchie, but the best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry.
Right now is an interesting time for me. I’m at a crucial point where I could be on the cusp of starting my next big journey, or missing a step and having to climb from the very bottom again. I’m in the middle of the interview process for an incredibly exciting job where I’ll be able to achieve all of the great things that I’ve set out in this post. I’ll be able to build great things, inspire brilliant people to do fantastic things and my hunger for the next big thing shall be satisfied. I think that I’m the right person for the job, of course, let’s just hope that they do to.
On to a new and exciting dawn. I hope that in yet another 6 months time I shan’t be writing yet another ‘pivoting’ post. I’m getting as sick of the term as you are. It’s time for a good dose of stability.