In the last couple of days there have been 3 very notable bloggers and members of the industry who are making wholesale changes in their work and in their lives.
Last year around this time, Jason Kottke made a move from his fulltime job to become a fulltime blogger. A year later he reminisces about his year and says that he will not continue on using the “micropatronage” model. I was not one of his micropatrons (although I thought about it and talked about putting it in my budget), but I thought that this was a spectacular idea and one that I fully support. It is disappointing to hear that Jason has chosen to move on and pursue different things. I know that I have really enjoyed his work, as I’m sure many others have as well.
Another move was announced recently as well. Derek Powazek posted today that at the end of the month he will be leaving his job with Technorati to pursue other opportunities. In his post he descibes his job at Technorati and some of the high profile projects he’s worked on.
Cameron Moll recently posted about his choice to not pursue a position with Apple after they had shown interest in his services. He mentioned in his post about the balance he wishes to keep in his life and that he and his wife had to look closely at the pros and cons of taking such a position, and what that would mean for their family and standard of living.
I commend all of these guys. I think it would probably be pretty easy for them to maintain the status quo and just continue down the path of least resistance. But they each have chosen to blaze their own trail in make decisions that are best for them and their families.