Attention nerds; this incredible depository of brain dumps is moving to Tumblr. This means very little for those of you who visit, because (A) www.natesullivan.com is still going to take you to the new-ish looking full screen vanity project it currently does, and (B) clicking on “Posts” will still display a bunch of gobbledegook about me playing in basketball tournaments organized by space aliens. The only things you may need to know are :
1. None of the old content is going away, you just won’t be taken there from “natesullivan.com” anymore.
So, why am I doing this? Mostly because I’m doing a ton of web design at work, and no longer need an open, self-hosted, somewhat high maintenance WordPress installation to get my amateur HTML jollies in my spare time. I like changing the look of the site every once in a while; in WordPress, that’s more of a pain than I’m willing to deal with (nothing against WordPress, it’s just TOO flexible that way). Also, as I get frighteningly old, and my job/hobbies appear to be converging somewhat, I’m working on consolidating everything into one place, in the hopes of someday living in a world where all the stuff on my site might actually be an asset to my career (whatever it ends up being) instead of something I’d secretly rather people didn’t find. I’m getting closer, but I’m not quite there yet, and moving to a site that includes my resume and some of my work is a good next step.
And hey, you might laugh, but we’re a lot closer to that world than you think. For example, I turned down — with great hesitation — a job at a really, really cool public, profitable company a few months ago, after several interviews with some of the more important people in the company (why they wanted to talk to me, we’ll never know). It was partially humbling, and partially emboldening, but one thing I found somewhat shocking was how everybody I met with, as high up as the COO, seemed to have an online presence, with their name on it, that was a public reflection of the kind of cool, interesting person they actually were. They didn’t hide from their interests, hobbies, and sense of humor — they built it into their professional profile, and it made them better and more comfortable with their jobs.
This is a huge, huge mental leap for somebody like me to take, given the fact that I’ve spent most of my life assuming that people would think LESS of me if they found out I was in a band and had a crazy person’s sense of humor. But I think it’s the right move, and because of that, the new Tumblr feed is going to be Google indexed and searchable by the (shudder) general public. Now if I say something stupid, not only will my name be on it, but random internet trolls will be able to call me out when they inevitably stumble on it (not unlike the guy from my old, anonymous site who I got in a fight with about Mike Bibby and the Atlanta Hawks).
Anyways, I’m going to throw the switch at some point this weekend, and life will go on, and Jeff will still leave comments, and I will still write about the same things, and now it won’t take me five minutes to format a picture correctly. Hooray for technology.