I am not – nor have I ever been – Catholic, but I think I know how it feels to skimp on the confession front. It seems that the very fabric of the universe has changed since the last time I posted anything on this blog. Okay, I’m being slightly hyperbolic, but scientists did discover the God particle since my last post.
In November 2011 I resigned from Medios and set out to make my own way in the world. Wordsmyth, this thing of miracle and wonder, turned into its own little business of which I am now the boss. Ironically, as soon as I became the boss I stopped blogging and instead divvied up my time between trying to get work and worrying about not having work. I also spent a lot of time in silence and poverty. Who knew working from home isn’t always fun?
Luckily, with a little pleading and perserverance things started picking up and I currently find myself at Finweek magazine – a financial publication of all things. I am lucky enough to work as the magazine’s lifestyle and web editor and our readers are lucky enough never to receive any financial advice from Ms Debt Trap Sucker over here. The Finweek team is a young and slightly unusual mix of people and certainly not what I expected when I accepted the gig. The magazine has been around since the Apartheid years and started out as a very stately and serious Afrikaans publication called Finansies en Tegniek. When I got offered the position many of my friends in the industry warned me not to take it – partly because print is dead and partly because the magazine’s Big Bad Businessman tried to shut it down more than once.
As fate would have it, I got offered another position on the very same day I received the Finweek offer. Had I taken that position I would have been a copywriter for an online gambling company that mostly operates outside of SA and I’m sure my life would have looked slightly different. After three years of semi-corporate work, however, I felt the alluring call of casual working hours and informal attire and joined this team instead.
I decided to opt for a retainer instead of permanent employment because I can still run Wordsmyth after hours without the risk of breaking contractual agreements. Of course, now that I don’t have all the time in the world I often get contacted to work on big projects that I can’t take on. Figures, right? On the upside, I get opportunities to travel and I get to write about wine a lot, so I reckon I’m moving in the right general direction.
I’m hoping to return to my regular blogging schedule now that things have settled down (although I do have a wedding competing for attention. That’s another part of the universe that changed since my last blog). I have a lot to learn here.