Past, present, future…

I left my full-time job in 2003 to strike out on my own… with dreams of starting a company that’d someday be more than just myself, I took the name Reactionlab Communications after lucking out and finding this domain name free.

Although I never really expanded to have employees (other than the occasional contractor/partner helping out on a project), I grew my business over the next 8 or so years, mostly on word-of-mouth. Because of that, I never had much need for this site as a marketing tool, but I kept it up more or less as an online business card. Even when I took a full-time position with a client’s company in, 2011, I kept the site up, as I was still doing occasional jobs for some of my long term clients on the side.

However, earlier this year in January 2013, I co-founded a new company, Backblend Systems, with Jim Pick, a friend and collaborator on development projects. For the past few months, I’ve been pondering what to do with this site, as I’ve moved all my old freelance clients to the new company.

For the time being, I’m just going to use it as a personal blog; it’s been running on WordPress since its inception, and I’ve never really used the blogging functionality. I also occasionally need a place to put long-form posts that won’t fit on Twitter, so this seems like the obvious place to do that. I’ve never really been a blogger, but I have a feeling I may want to use this space for longer content not related directly to my work.

If you did come here looking for me as a development/UX contractor, head on over to Backblend and give us a shout, we can do a lot more for clients as a team than I ever could as a solo contractor!