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One year after Novell...

Feb 02, 2011, 22:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"I'm usually big on milestones — anniversaries, birthdays, holidays, etc. But it wasn't until I was going to bed last night that it hit me: It's been a year since I left Novell and started working for myself full-time. Here's how it's going so far… (read on if you're interested, but this is mostly full of personal stuff so feel free to skip down to some of the more interesting stuff on technology if you like…)

"My last day with Novell was January 31st, 2010. Pretty much exactly two years after I started with the company (February 1st, 2008). I put in notice about two weeks before that, but had been considering quitting long before. I'm not going to go into a lot of backstory here, but the long and short of it was that after two years the job was not what I wanted to be doing. Some jobs you can do whether your heart is in them or not (I worked at a car seat factory for three and a half years, and I don't think my heart was ever in that…), but community management is something that you need to be all-in for.

"It's all well and good to say that you should do what you love, but love doesn't pay the rent. (In fact, you'll probably make your landlord very nervous by asking if you can pay the rent next month with love. Go ahead and try it. Awkward...)"

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