This is my last week at Boing Boing. I’ve several projects that I’ve been dying to do for several years, and as much as working with everyone here is a dream job, there comes a point when you have to take a leap and commit to those ideas.
I’m bummed, of course. Working with everyone here has been a real pleasure, and if I have any regret it will be that I won’t be working with everyone on a daily basis in the future. Yet I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished here in the last couple of years, starting two new brands in a very crowded space that I think do something very different than their competitors, and helping to grow Boing Boing into something broader and weirder than it was before.
I leave BBG in the ridiculously able hands of Rob Beschizza, who already does the yeoman’s work on the site. He’ll be leading the BBG and Offworld teams toward greater things, I’m sure, and I look forward to seeing how they evolve without my meddling.
And thanks to all of you in the community, even those of you are total cocks: there’s nothing I love more than to get into a good scrap in the comments and come out feeling like I’ve learned something. (Even if the lesson is simply “Man, that guy is a total cock.”)
I’m going to be sticking around for another week metaphorically cleaning out my desk, finishing up the reviews I have stacked up and handing over my responsibilities. I’m putting this announcement up now so that anyone who needs something from me with regard to Boing Boing has a chance to contact me before I fully disengage.
Thanks to Ken Snider, John Edward Campbell, Dean Putney, and Terry Thurlow for all the help you’ve given behind the scenes; thanks to Brandon West, Lea Franco, David Culberson for helping with links and tips and generally just being model community members. And of course thank you to the Offworld and BBG team of Brandon Boyer, Lisa Katayama, and Steven Leckart—if I can pat myself on the back for anything, it’s that I know how to hire people that are more talented than myself.
And thank you Xeni, Mark, David, and Cory—best job ever.
If you need to get ahold of me for anything, the information at the top of the someday-to-be-updated JoelJohnson.com is always current, and you can certainly follow me on Twitter. And I wouldn’t be surprised if I pop up now and again on Boing Boing, as well, if they’ll have me.