Why I left my job at Evernote (and what I’m doing next)
Today is my last day at Evernote.
Since my working there has been a big plot point in my little Cinderella narrative, I thought I’d explain why I’m leaving and where I plan to go.
“Fine, I’ll bite — why are you leaving?”
Glad you asked!
Our pal Bilbo Baggins described it better than I ever could:
“I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.”
Between my work at Evernote and running a moderately-successful side business, the people that matter most to me—my family—spent the last several years getting the short end of my attention stick. When they happened at all, quiet evenings with the family were punctuated by Dad the Dumbass constantly looking at his phone or stepping away for a minute to take care of something “urgent” (note: these things were almost never urgent).
Becoming yet another super (self-)important Internet busy-body bit me squarely on the keister. Like, hard. I never planned for it to be that way, but that’s probably true of most people in my position.
My leaving Evernote is part of a larger effort to bring the pendulum back toward the middle of… whatever it is that a pendulum swings in.1 Something had to give and, after careful consideration, my job at Evernote was the only real candidate for the chopping block.
(N.B.: This has nothing to do with Evernote; it’s a fantastic company with a grand vision and I’m proud as punch to have been a part of what they’re doing. Staffed by some of the smartest, most driven folks I’ve ever met, I have no problem believing that Evernote will exist for the next 94 years and beyond.)
Put way more simply, I want my and my family’s life to be simpler and slower. Making cool Internet stuff is great and everything, but I’m looking forward to playing with my kids, having drinks with my wife, and reading books without feeling like I’m ignoring anything.
“Sounds fab Mr. Internet Doofus, but are your kids going to eat ‘Fatherly Devotion on a Bed of Quinoa’ or do you have some plan for making money? Hmm?”
I do have a plan, yes. In a nut, my little writing business (which is comprised of this blog and Evernote Essentials) has just become my full-time gig. As you read this, my fancy new business cards reading “Independent Writer” are being printed and shipped to my home.2
Joking aside, I guess I really am a full-blown, professional writer now. It’s kinda weird to say, to be honest, but it’ll do for now.
As far as what I’m actually writing, I’ve got a few things in the hopper. First and foremost, the next version of Evernote Essentials will be out quite soon. If you’ve already bought it, keep an eye out. If you haven’t and you feel like supporting a newly-minted independent writer, I can think of worse links to click.
You can also expect blog posts more often than my previous editorial schedule of “once a frickin’ quarter whenever I feel like it.” A couple of posts per week is my tentative goal, but we’ll see how we go.
Other ideas are sloshing around in my head—at least one of them will almost certainly become a reality—but I’ve learned my lesson about announcing things before they’re even remotely finished, so the lid is staying on the rest of it for awhile.
That’s the long and the short of it. I’m excited for what’s next.
Thanks for stopping by and, if you like what I do here, expect a good deal more of it starting, well, now.