7 years of me
As a child of the world, there are very few things that remain constant in my life for any length of time. In the past 7 years, I’ve moved house 7 times. I’ve started and finished university. Had a few serious (and a few more not-so-serious) relationships. I’ve learned how difficult it is to live with someone, and I’ve started understanding what a challenge long distance relationships are – but also how both have serious upsides.
I’ve lived in 3 magnificent cities – Liverpool, Bristol and London. I’ve started (and closed down) a company. I’ve written a book about photography under my own name, and 2 more as a ghost writer.
In the past 7 years, after jacking in my own business, I’ve had a brutal career progression, starting as a PR assistant, jetting through to journalist, then editor, then editor again, then editor for a different publication, and now Senior Producer in the digital division of a major broadcaster.
I started a blog about photography, which took off and ended up on Slashdot, then on Digg’s front page about half a dozen times, and did very well on Reddit and stumbleupon, along with getting significant traction in the blogosphere, and visitors from 212 countries. Yes, I know there are only 192 countries in the world. I blame Google.
I’ve owned a dozen cameras, seven different cars (two minis, a Rover, a Suziki Carry micro-van, a Citroen CX diesel which I ran off chip-fat until the fuel pump exploded, and a Honda Prelude which was tuned to having closer to 250 horsepower) a scooter (Gilera runner) and a motorcycle (Kawasaki Versys 650cc) – of which I’ve only got the latter left.
In the past seven years, my parents have lived in The Netherlands, Norway, India, Trinidad, Scotland and England. My sister has lived in Australia and Viet Nam.
I think it’s pretty safe to say that my life has been pretty transient over the past seven years. A lot of changes. A lot of new things. A lot of new people, ideas, knowledge, and experience.
7 years of E2
In fact, the only thing I can think of that has really been persistent over the past 7 years is E2.
I’ve got 419 living write-ups and 325 deleted ones. I’ve turned half a dozen people to noding (although I’m not sure if any of them are active anymore). I lived with a noder, I dated a noder, and I’ve met lots of noders. Quite a few of the people I consider to be my very closest friends are noders.
I was a content editor for about a year and a half, but was ejected when I didn’t have enough time to spend on E2. Both before, after and because of this, I have left E2 in a huff several times, but came back time and time again.
I remember when dem bones and nate were still running the show, and I remember a lot of noders since departed with fondness. I’ve donated my fair share of money to E2, and always felt slightly guilty for not contributing more.
It’s rather quite an awesome place, and one I think I’ll keep coming back to again and again. Who knows, perhaps it’ll eventually turn out to be the only thing that’ll remain stable over the next 7 years of my life.
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