And the big news is…

Written by James
29
May

… I’m actually, finally, completely, wonderfully doing it.

Today I handed in my notice at The Age and come July 1st I’ll be working 100% for myself, the majority of the time on Edublogs and the rest doing consultancy, speaking, design & development for education, media and community projects.

I’ve always wanted to work for myself, and Edublogs is allowing me to do that. There are currently over 76,000 blogs on the sites and over 1100 new ones every week (well, each week or for the last three weeks at least), add to that the initial success of Edublogs Premium and some extensions I’ve got for that coming along with a couple of other ideas, and I’m aiming to turn it into a fully sustainable business within the next six months.

I’m half tempted to just focus on that, but I want to keep my hand in – and occasionally meet real people face-to-face – so I’ll also be doing work around developing great custom blogging / community environments, standing on stages shouting at captured audiences and generally mixing it up… variety is the spice of life!

So do feel free to get in touch about that kinda stuff – and enjoy the new look incorporated subversion while you’re here.

But come July 1st, the ball’s going to be totally in my court, I’m going to have my fate in my own hands, am not going to be able to complain about anyone else holding me back and am going to be responsible for not just the destiny of Edublogs but also paying the mortgage and feeding the family.

I can’t wait!

  1. Congratulations James!

    2web can’t complain your part of the old-media establishment anymore ;)

    Rich

  2. Congrats, I’m sure the successes with only be bigger and better now! Looking forward to seeing what lies ahead.

  3. Welcome back to the herd, James and wishing you success!

  4. I enjoyed your presentation and workshop at the recent ICTEV conference James so I’m glad you’re continuing in that area. Good luck with the edublogs project: I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops.

  5. I posted ages ago on the good ol’ edublogs forum that maybe there should be a subscription for edubloggers. Then along came the Premium upgrade that was a little too heavy-weight for me as an individual – isn’t there scope for a share-ware type payment for individual bloggers? G’dammit – I’m trying to give you some money Mr Farmer (but not as much as Premium)!

  6. Wow, thanks for all the nice comments guys! I just got up and am already in a very good mood!

    Pete, I have plans that will allow you to give me money… hold that thought ;)

  7. Goodonya James! You new solo gig sounds exciting and challenging. :-)

  8. Welcome to the world of the self-employed. It seems ages ago when you helped me set up my first blog. Good luck & go get ’em :-)

  9. Hey James – that’s a real bold step. Congrats.
    Let me know if I can do anything…

  10. Hi James,

    Good luck with the freelancing and Edublogs. . I believe you are a guest speaker at AIS NSW ICT Integrators Conference, Sydney later in the year. Hope to see you there.

    Cheers MArtin

  11. James,

    Congratulations! You’re doing great work, and I’m sure you’ll have lots of continued success.

    Best,
    Hilary

  12. Cameron Reilly

    Congrats mate! I’m sure you’ll never regret it. Build the future.

  13. Peter Ford

    I’m really pleased for you James. Congratulations!

  14. How exciting and terrifying all at the same time, James. I hope it turns out really well for you and that you never look back. Well done on having the courage to cut loose and step out.

  15. Congrat’s, good luck!!

    Oh and now we can associated with you again given you are not part of the big media guys ;-)

  16. Ah the corporation has been subverted, ‘in’ a fashion. Fab news James I can’t wait to see where your enthusiasm takes edublogs.

  17. Well played, Mr. F! When you become the new ruler of the interwebs–which now appears inevitable–can I be your lackey?

  18. Depends on your cape preferences :)

  19. A simple cross-weave damask with Egyptian cotton fluting and rose-silk inlay should suffice. Ooo, and a mask–can I have a mask?