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Endings and Beginnings: Christina and Grant Go to Brooklyn

"In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there's nothing you can't do."

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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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Kev (vig­or) - Gravatar

Kev (vig­or) said:

Con­grats Christi­na on the move! 🙂 Best of luck to you both! :):)

Kev (@vigormusic)

Posted on: April 12, 2011 at 5:01 pmQuote this Comment
Lin­da Sher­man - Gravatar

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.

Posted on: April 18, 2011 at 11:56 amQuote this Comment
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faheem said:

Con­grat­u­la­tions to be a new york­er.

Posted on: June 1, 2011 at 1:09 pmQuote this Comment
Justin - Gravatar

Justin said:

How are you lik­ing Brook­lyn so far?

Posted on: June 1, 2011 at 3:20 pmQuote this Comment
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Incred­i­ble quest there. What occurred after? Good luck!

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