2018 will be an interesting year for me.
I’ll be joining the talented folks at SAU/CAL starting February 26 as a Growth Officer. I’ve worked alongside SAU/CAL while I was at Automattic as a Developer Advocate. I’m a huge fan of the sites they’ve built and their involvement in the WordPress and WooCommerce space. It’s a great opportunity and I’m excited to contribute to the growth of the company. Looking to build an eCommerce shop? Reach out to me!
This is another big one. I’ll be launching a WordPress marketplace called Marketplacella. Marketplace + Marcella (my daughters name) = Marketplacella. The goal is to create a marketplace that provides a quality experience for developers and customers. This includes paying developers their fair share of each sale and support system that makes it easy for developers and customers to connect. I’ll have more to announce in the coming months ahead. For now, head on over to marketplacella.com and subscribe for updates.
In 2014 I wrote that I was taking a break from travel blogging. I haven’t been back since and I don’t plan on making travel blogging a part of my life again. I enjoy sharing stories of my travels but I find that I can do that in many ways without having to sacrifice the enjoyment of travel.
Several of the articles from Art of Adventuring has moved to a new home on Why Wait To See The World. It’s my wife’s new business. I have hundreds of quality articles and I’d hate for the world not to use read them. Their new home has already seen more traffic than what I was giving them for awhile. There’s a long list of articles that still need to be moved too.
I will continue to have Art of Adventuring and many of my more personal articles will continue to live on Art of Adventuring.
I’m not sure if or when I’ll revisit Art of Adventuring but for now I have no intention of revisiting the business. I may jump in from time to time because I have something to say but it’s not an official announcement of trying to do more with the business.
I do miss it sometimes though.
June 30 will be my last day as a co-founder of Travel Blog Success.
I’ve accepted a position at Automattic continuing on as a Developer Advocate for WooThemes. Automattic has a Conflict of Interest policy that does not allow most side-businesses. Unfortunately Travel Blog Success is considered a conflict of interest and thus I had to make a difficult decision to cede co-ownership of Travel Blog Success to David Lee and I will no longer be involved with the business.
I’m very proud of what we accomplished with Travel Blog Success. Nothing has taught me more about business and web development more than my experience with TBS. It has been wonderful getting feedback from customers on how Travel Blog Success has changed their life. I was part of a team that helped people travel the world, tell their stories, and help them make money doing it. I felt good working on it.
It was not an easy decision but working for Automattic is a dream opportunity for me and my career. I am excited for this new adventure with Automattic and feel I am making the right decision for my future.
I’m confident that Britany Robinson and David Lee will continue to build on the excellent products and services of Travel Blog Success. There are so many exciting things coming soon for TBS and I cannot wait until they announce them. I feel very fortunate to have worked with such wonderful, hardworking people. I’m proud of what we’ve done together.
I will forever be grateful for the opportunity I had to be a co-founder of TBS. We never would have gotten this far without an amazing and dedicated group of members. I will continue to be active on the forums and Facebook Group but as a regular community member.
Thank you everyone for all of your support. See you in the forums!
Read the departure post on the TBS blog for more information.