This one has been a long time sitting in my drafts being tinkered with on a lot of commutes. Over the intervening weeks I have probably deleted 1000 words so its a short one too.
It turns out that this new CEO job is, as perhaps should be expected, quite hectic. It isn’t the hours of work, my jobs for the last decade have meant all waking hours were spent thinking about things. Now it’s also the non-waking hours too. But I am enjoying the job. It’s a new challenge. When I wear a suit, I sometimes joke that I am just a cosplay CEO. I have to edit a staff newsletter each week and I reckon that has also been sapping my writing energies by the time the weekend comes around!
Since the last episode we’ve seen the rapid decline of Twitter and a lot more. I joined Twitter in early 2008 just before the Museums and the Web conference in Montreal after holding out for quite a while amongst my early adopter friends. Back then it didn’t seem to be very useful and was hard to understand its grain. Over the following 15 years it became a very significant part of how I kept in touch with a lot of colleagues around the world in the cultural sector, academia, music, and design. I met a vast number of people in otherwise wouldn’t have through the platform and like a lot of people in academic and academic-adjacent fields Twitter became the primary means for introverted early career folks to make the most of conferences. I made a lot of friends through Twitter, and kept in touch with them as we each moved jobs, changed careers, changed cities. When I would visit a city I would often catch up with people who I had first met through Twitter.