"In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there's nothing you can't do."
So it’s been a while since I’ve written in this blog, eh? In my defense, the day job at Mashable keeps me pretty busy. I write day and night and don’t have much time to do my own personal writing. Having said that a MAJOR redesign effort is in progress as well as a better fusion between my various social media profiles.
It’s funny how life works. Four years ago, I was in school, contributing a column to USA Today and trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life. Today, I’m sitting in my office in Atlanta for what will be one of the last times, penning this entry, about to embark on a brand new adventure.
Grant and I are headed to New York! I will be working out of Mashable’s offices in New York City as of April 18, 2011. Grant has a great new job at the Daily Dot where he will be kicking ass and taking names and we’re both ready for a brand new adventure!
The move has been in the works for some time, basically since January, but we were thinking about it even before then. I’m so grateful and fortunate to have a partner like Grant. Not only is he moving with me, he’s handled most of the difficult aspects of the move itself. Seriously, Grant is my rock, my savior and my best friend.
With beginnings inevitably come endings and in addition to saying goodbye to Atlanta, my parents and Dunwoody Place (my home for like 9 years), the web is also being forced to say goodbye to Download Squad. In the wake of the Huffington Post acquisition, it just didn’t make sense to keep Download Squad (or as it was recently rebranded, Switched Download Squad) around. At least that’s what we think. Only the bean counters no for sure.
Download Squad may not have ever been the biggest or loudest site on the block, but it will always hold a place in my heart because it, along with TUAW, was where I started really writing about technology and software for the web. Moreover, it was where I met Grant. Grant and I met in October, 2007 and soon started doing a weekly video series together, the Squadcast. The show didn’t really take off but the chemistry between Grant and I did. It was also some of the earliest training I had for my work on Briefly Awesome (new name is forthcoming) with Dan Benjamin.
The web loses something with the shuttering of Download Squad, but I can’t help but find the timing almost fitting. Grant and I are headed for the big city to take on a new adventure. I can’t wait and I look forward to the future, getting married, living in Brooklyn and working in-person with all of my wonderful colleagues.
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Linda Sherman said:
I’m so glad you are moving to New York. I now have a much better chance of seeing you. By the way, I will be there next for Blog World NY May 24 — 26. Are you attending? If I may, please let me submit Kauai as your honeymoon destination. I can ensure you will have a perfect visit (not that that is hard to do).
Christina, you fully deserve every success and happiness that comes your way.