I’m Going Independent 

TL;DR

I’m leaving my 9-5 job to work on Relay FM, 512 Pixels and my freelance business full time. If you want to pitch in, buy a t-shirt.

“If not now, when?”

About 6 weeks ago, I was driving to a client meeting. It was on the other side of town, and I decided to take a route that I normally wouldn’t, forgoing the highway to cut through the city. I got stopped by a light on my way, looked across the intersection and noticed this church sign, of all things:

As soon as I saw the sign, I sighed out loud, knowing it was my version of Myke’s shoelace story.

(If you never listened to Analog(ue) episode 9, you really should.)

That evening, my wife and I started figuring what it would take for me to quit my job and become a professional writer and podcaster. We had been talking about this for several months; that sign was the final straw.

The reality is, of course, that we’ve been working toward this for some time. Our vision was that Myke would go full-time into Relay FM first, but that I would follow. While I won’t be working on Relay 40 hours a week, I can tell you that this a welcome change for the both of us as we continue to grow our business together.

The 2015 512 Pixels t-shirt

The quote on the back of the shirt comes from the original Macintosh unveiling in January 1984. After an impressive multimedia demo, the computer spoke:

Hello. I am Macintosh. It sure is great to get out of that bag.

Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking, I’d like to share with you a maxim I thought of the first time I met an IBM mainframe: Never trust a computer you can’t lift!

Obviously, I can talk, but right now I’d like to sit back and listen. So, it is with considerable pride that I introduce a man who’s been like a father to me … Steve Jobs!

In so many ways, this single demonstration explains almost everything about Apple. Take good technology, infuse it with something special and you’ll end up with a great product that can change the lives of its users.

The shirt is available on Teespring for a limited time in cuts for both men and women. A long sleeve t-shirt is also available for order.

I’ve made some wallpapers with the artwork as well:

So, now what?

Starting at the end of this month, I’ll be working from home, recording and editing podcasts, writing here and elsewhere, including The Sweet Setup and monthly at iMore. 512 Pixels took the back burner when we founded Relay last year, and I’m looking forward to giving it some much-needed attention.

Thank you for the support, and as always, for reading and listening to what I have to say.

Let’s do this thing.