Friends, readers, colleagues, family. Today I announce the formal end of Digital Gravitas’s publication. It is with a heavy heart that I make this decision and it is one that I have struggled with for many months. There are a myriad of reasons that I can’t continue this blog in the way I once did: with passionate vigor and obsessive love. This is, without a doubt, one of the greatest things I have done in my young life and I can only hope that the skills, acclaim and ideas that I have acquired and spread outlast my active publication.
So much has changed in the four years since I began this website. We have seen the rise and fall of giants. The creation of entirely new markets and the demise of stalwart institutions. In 2009 there was no iPad, no ultrabooks, no LTE, no Netflix original series. Palm was still attempting a comeback, Motorola was still separate from Google, Android was a nascent platform, Nokia still had Symbian, Steve Jobs was still alive. Little changes have amount to vast revolutions throughout the tech industry.
In that time we have accomplished great things. We have overthrown governments through the power of social networking. We have built new devices that enrich our lives. We have redefined the human condition – evolved into interconnected beings with access to unlimited knowledge and data through our devices. We defeated SOPA; we stopped AT&T from merging with T-Mobile; we brought broadband to the masses; we overcame a brutal recession and are bringing the soul of American manufacturing back home. The world around us has changed so drastically in this time and I have been honored to have even a meager audience for my contribution.
There will always be more to do. I’m still young (though my family has said that I was born an old man), in moderately good health and see a lot more ahead of me. This is not an “end”, nor is it a beginning. It’s just a change that I have been working towards for quite sometime. I’m not gone, I’m not done, I’ve simply grown a little older, a little wiser, and a little more realistic about the state of things around me and the nature of my work. This blog was never supposed to be a defining feature or activity. Yet it was an achievement that I stood on perhaps too long. It was a feedback loop. A place where I went to write the kind of things that I wanted to read. Sometimes I hit upon a universal truth, but more often it was a jargon-filled rant that placated the voice in my head wanting to be externalized (my outer monologue I often fall into not withstanding).
As much as I miss writing, it is not the only path. You can still follow my work from a behind-the-scenes position by visiting the GWHatchet, the website of my college newspaper at the George Washington University. For the last few months I have been running the website as the Senior Web Producer alongside a dynamite team of developers, designers and co-producers. It has been a fast-paced, stressful job that I love every minute of, even the parts I hate. The Hatchet team has a fine tradition of excellent reporting that I love contributing to. Plus it’s nice to stretch the more technical side of my skills with web languages (anyone know a PHP tutor?).
As for Digital Gravitas, well it’s not going anywhere (I paid for the damn hosting, I might as well use it). Digital Gravitas will morph into a personal website and act as an online portfolio of my work and clips. If you are looking for a writer, a web producer, or a videographer, shoot me a line. And one in a while, I might take the time to still write a blog post. After all, you can’t keep a good rant down for long.
Here’s to the future, because it’s already here.