When Private Passions Meet Public Profession

Today is my last day at my current employer and the beginning of some big changes for me that I thought would be of interest to the increasingly craft-focussed readership of this blog.

As you probably know, though I’ve gotten considerably geekier on the job (and have numerous posts here to prove it), I’ve always been much more interested in (and qualified for) crafting than technology. While my primary responsibilities have included steering and editing the technically oriented Hacks series of books, my involvement with Craft magazine (a part of the same company, believe it or not) as a contributing editor and writer has really given me a taste of what it’s like to combine private passions with my profession, so I’ve kept my eyes open for an editorial position in craft book publishing for a while now. To me, it’s been the only missing piece of my professional puzzle.

Well, I’ve finally found and landed a job editing craft books, and I just couldn’t pass up that opportunity. I’m looking forward to changing my editorial focus from Windows, Mac, and Google to knitting, beading, crochet, and papercrafts. I start on Monday, after a weekend trip to Houston to see my best friend from high school get married.

Since the focus of this blog has skewed heavily to craft topics lately anyway, the content shouldn’t change much; it will just map more closely to what I do from 9 to 5. It also means that I’ll be paying a lot more attention to the community of readers for general craft trends and potential book ideas. So, if you have a proposal for a great new craft title, do let me hear it. I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally be mixing business with pleasure.