Monday, April 07, 2008

A change of climate...

... at The Kitchen. Well, to be strictly accurate, it's a change in your humble Devil's circumstances.

When I first moved down to London, I had been, effectively, working for myself for a couple of years and I was thoroughly tired of it. The plan was always to get down to the Big Smoke and to get myself a full time job. As it happens, that plan was delayed as I started to get a decent amount of work down here.

However, the problems that I had with working for myself—having to go out and find work, motivate myself to do it and deal with the ups and downs of the financial situation as yet another client decided that they would pay their bill at their convenience rather than on time—had never really gone away.

In addition, over the last few months, your humble Devil has become increasingly bored with doing jobs that were largely similar. The lack of creative energy meant that I had not been developing, artistically or technically. And hey! I'm only thirty: I'm not prepared to go into that dark night of creative nullity just yet.

So, for the first time since starting to write this blog, your humble Devil has been offered—and has today formally accepted—an offer of a full-time job doing design within a small but swiftly-growing company. I'll be mainly working with a proprietory content management system based on ColdFusion, doing both design for sites (and intranets) and also contributing to the development of the system.

I have checked the blogging situation with the company and they are happy for me to continue to write here (providing I give away no exciting industrial secrets, of course) so I shall be updating The Kitchen regularly: just not quite as regularly.

Initially, there is going to be a reasonable amount of rail commuting involved, so I shall be able to write posts offline whilst on my way to and from work and, of course, I shall write in the evenings.

It may take me a little while to settle down to this long-forgotten lifestyle (so bear with me) but I am looking forward to it. Most of all, I am looking forward to working with other designers: something that I have never really had in anything but the most desultory way.

Anyway, I just thought that you, my loyal readers, should know. And now, I must spend the next week tidying up: I travelled down to the office to take part in a development meeting this morning (hence the lack of blogging) and I shall be starting next Monday.

Now, I've just got to get used to waking up early in the mornings...

10 comments:

mitch said...

welcome to the world of the wage slave! he he

Elusive Pimpernel said...

Good luck DK.

Getting out of bed to struggle through traffic sucks, but on the upside - paid holiday.

Mark Wadsworth said...

Don't forget to drink a pint of water before you go to bed.

Bishop Hill said...

How will this affect your LPUK work?

Devil's Kitchen said...

It shouldn't do. Especially as I now have a list of people to help with the Rebuttal Unit...

DK

John Trenchard said...

i fully sympathise. being a wage slave has a certain regularity and stability that self-employment doesnt have. however, nothing beats the frisson of excitement that self-employment brings - its something i whole heartedly recommend that everyone try at least once in their lives.

on the other hand, now that you are a wage slave, the concerns with inward income , getting new clients, marketing yourself and other self-employed task will no longer take up your energies - i would hazard a bet that your writing will actually increase , both in quality and length over the coming months as a result.

oh - and if your new slave owners need a LAMP developer with Ubuntu and Debian, give us a shout.

John Trenchard said...

"Don't forget to drink a pint of water before you go to bed."

and a bowl of porridge for breakfast in the morning.

helps with the random breath tests that will be introduced into this country thanks to the EU.

( hat tip: anonymous Garda sergeant...)

Henry Crun said...

Welcome to the world of timesheets, expense claims, weekly development meetings, monthly progress meetings, team briefings, HR monkeys and bean counters.

Mwuhahahahahaha!!!! We've got you now DK, we've got you now.

The corporate world is like Hotel California; you can check out any time you like....

Longrider said...

Good luck with it. A year ago I was contemplating the same move. As it turned out, a new client with plenty of work decided me to stick it out as a self-employed consultant.

Note Henry's comment - yup, been there, done that...

Anonymous said...

Hi dk
Your blog has given me hours of very sordid pleasure ! Thanks .

Now dont throw up but I am a member of The English Democrats (not as UnLibertarian as you might think).
Their website suffered some serious server/ hosting explosion and I know they need paid help.
So a polite enquiry might prove fruitful... must be worth a try.
Good luckand best.