The next 10 years

Ten’s a nice round number, don’t you think?

Next month, I’ll celebrate my tenth anniversary of walking into the Macworld offices and starting my career in the wild, wooly world of tech journalism. That first summer, I spent two days a week working with Jim Galbraith and Brian X. Chen testing older Macs with a new benchmark script for the Macworld Labs.

What a ride it’s been. Since then, I had the chance to work with fantastic teams at Macworld, PCWorld, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, the Whitman Pioneer (since renamed the Wire), GeekWire and IDG News Service.

And now, it’s time for me to chart a fresh course for the next decade of writing. As of next week, I’ll be moving on from my role at the News Service to work on AI and cloud coverage at VentureBeat.

(At least until my job can be done by a neural network trained on my past writing, in which case all bets are off. On the bright side, at least I’ll see it coming.)

Two years ago, I walked back into the South of Market office that I remembered from my teenage intern years as a Mac- and iOS-focused writer to take a job centered around Microsoft. If you had told me ten years ago that I would be in that job and loving it, I would have looked at you like you were crazy.

But it has been wonderful getting to cover that beat, which allowed me to follow some of the top trends in technology today. I’m looking forward to bringing that energy with me to VB, and I hope all of you will join me on that journey.

In my tenure at the News Service, I’ve had the privilege of working with a truly fantastic team of people along with an incredible worldwide community of IDGers. Unfortunately, the company underwent a series of major layoffs earlier this week. There’s a terrific group of folks out there looking for gigs.

To my IDG colleagues past and present, best of luck. It’s been real.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a stack of whitepapers to go read.