This is also my last week at IGN.
This is not an involuntary thing. I’m not being forced out or fired. AOL isn’t canning me, Huffington Post Media isn’t firing me, and Chris Grant isn’t taking me out behind a shed to put me down. This was a completely voluntary thing.
This wasn’t really an easy decision. In the brief time I’ve been at Joystiq, I’ve been regularly floored by the writing talent there, and the crazy amount of work involved in making the site such a strong presence and such a consistent news source. Every person there, every person who’s been there, has bled and sweat (sweated?) Joystiq to make it what it is. There’s a passion and drive to make everything as awesome as possible, both for themselves, and for the readers. It’s inspiring and intimidating, all at once. It’s hard to walk away from that.
I’m not being forced out or fired… this was a completely voluntary thing.
Chris and Justin reached out to me and gave me an amazing opportunity at Joystiq in a year full of amazing opportunities, and I am so, so grateful for that. To be brought on to help such a talented crew is humbling. As a reader of the site for years, I’m excited to see what Ludwig Kietzmann does as EIC of Joystiq. This is definitely a case of it’s not them. It’s me. I’ve been offered yet another phenomenal opportunity, and once again, I find myself unable to say no.
I’m at a point in my life where I want to take amazing opportunities, instead of looking for reasons not to do things. And the opportunity in question is a chance to invest myself in something in a way that is very rarely afforded in this or any other industry. It’s a chance to kill myself for my own dreams, as it were. There was some worry initially that I would look like a flake, for lack of a better word, but that’s not really the case. This won’t happen again (voluntarily!) for the foreseeable future. Unless I get fired! In which case I still wouldn’t technically be a flake.
I’m at a point in my life where I want to take amazing opportunities, instead of looking for reasons not to do things.
As hard a decision as it was to make, I’m not at all worried about Joystiq. Everyone there is ready to pour their hearts and souls into the site to not only keep it on an even keel, but to take it in the new directions that new leadership invariably leads good crews toward. This isn’t a bad thing. It’s exciting, for everyone involved, growing pains notwithstanding. I look forward to being able to talk about the new big thing soon, but until then, I’ll still be posting regularly on twitter (@aegies) and will post some thoughts about year end stuff here on pragmagic, because as anyone will tell you, I just love the sound of my own voice or something.
I hope to see you all accompany me on the completely absurd ride that 2012 is assured to be.