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As of 3:30 p.m. on May 23, 2012, I became a fully independent content creator and personal historian. Go me.

I'm Free.

Gone indie, but not forgotten.

I’m working really hard to keep a positive framework on this. I would have preferred to transition into this new job over a longer timeframe. But the universe had other plans.

I think the weirdest part is not being able to wipe down and clean out my hard drives and computers. It just makes me feel unsettled. I would have preferred to put away each of my machines like one says good bye to a friend. Now they are out of my control without so much as a farewell ssh tunnel. I would have liked, at least, to have had the opportunity to remove my own user accounts. TNO, baby. TNO.

Also weird: When Gaia finishes school this year: I will have no connection or reason to go to Oconomowoc. For anything. Ever. Unless I want to. I have been working in Oconomowoc in one way or another since 1994. First at Olympia Resort, then at the Oconomowoc Focus newspaper, and then at the hospital.

Actually, the hardest part (that I’m going to talk about publicly) is accepting all the love and support that all of you have shown me. It really is amazing how many of you cared to let me know you were thinking of me and my family. Thank you. All of you. It means a lot. More than that.

So… what about ‘The Future?’

Well, my $100 startup, Pretty Good Content is suddenly going to get a lot more of my attention. And I’ll be doing lots more things in the coming weeks to demonstrate that to as many people as I can. I’m planning on giving free monthly content talks. Watch this space for details– and tungle me if you’re interested in booking one for your venue.

Even if you don’t have a venue, tungle me anyway. I suddenly have a lot more time on my hands to get together and make stuff. I honestly believe that there is a ton of great work being done out there. And I honestly believe most people could use some help telling their stories. I want to help most people tell their stories. This smells of opportunity.

Seriously. Lets get all excited and make stuff together. You’d be surprised how much a little of my time can make your business better– and how much fun we can have together. You have stories to tell. Let me help you tell them.

So there’s that.

I started my day today wondering how I was going to find the time to keep cranking on developing Pretty Good Content into a full-time business. I end the day with a much clearer picture of how that is going to happen.

I want to steal a bit from another writer who really inspires me, and this borders on silly fanboyism, so I’m a little embarrassed. For whatever reason, I started today by re-reading Merlin Man’s essay “Cranking”. At the end of that essay, Mann writes that walking away from his book contract was not him quitting on his book, but rather, it was “doubling down” on producing a kind of work in which he can be proud.

I’m doubling down, my friends. I’m doubling down.


Leaving my Real Job was the

Leaving my Real Job was the best thing that ever happened to me. I think it will be the same way for you. <3 You'll be great, Gabe.

Funny thing is, the dozen or

Funny thing is, the dozen or so times I met you at Bucketworks or BarCamp, via Kevron etc., I always assumed you were full time independent from the get go. Didn't realize you had a day job. As safe and stable as those are, when you find someone who was so much to offer - such as yourself - that person is usually more dynamic and effective when not constrained by the day job. As someone who is very seriously investigating "doubling down" on myself in the next 6 months, I'll be anxious to hear about the trials and tribulations of your transition. The expected stumbles and rough patches aside, I expect awesome things for you.
Best of work to you.


First tungle link is bad, Mr. Content... also, good luck!

Adios, Oconomowoc

That feeling of not being tied to a place anymore....particularly THAT place. I get it.

I know you'll do great things and land on your feet. It's the best feeling, being your own boss. You have the talent and drive to make it happen so giddyup!

Good Luck!

Good luck!

I'm about ready to create my own $100 startup too :) Now I just need to figure out what I like to do that people will pay for...

What Cam said

You'll do great -- you've been laying the groundwork for this For Freaking Evah! All that hard work and banked good karma will surely pay off in spades (to mix a whole lot of metaphors and crap)!