Ashley leaves Shiny, becomes roadie?
There are fewer moments in life that have given me as much pleasure as writing the first story on TechDigest. Not that the post was groundbreaking journalism, a contender for the Pulitzer prize or even completely free of typos (ouhc!). It was just that after years of wrestling with HTML codes and invariably giving up, I'd found a foolproof way of realising one of my big ambitions - to launch a gadgets website.
That was almost five years ago, and although Shiny Media didn't really follow for a few years later, the blog that kicked off one of the the UK's leading commercial blogging networks was born.
So half a decade after it all began now seems like a very good time for me to go and do something, well, at least a little different.
I am immensely proud of what Shiny has achieved - there aren't many content based start ups in the UK that have gone from zero to over four million readers/viewers in a few years are there?
And although I am no longer on the pay roll I remain a significant shareholder in Shiny Media, so I'll still be keenly tracking the growth of Catwalk Queen, TechDigest and all the other sites.
If I had to pick one highlight it would be the day that Anton Newcombe, the creative genius behind my favourite band The Brian Jonestown Massacre, actually commented on a post on TechDigest. I spent the next couple of weeks waiting for someone to own up to the spoof, but no one ever admitted to it, so I can only assume it was the real A Newcombe after all.
** update I will probaly be taking him up on his job offer - see comments
As for my future, well I will be mainly working as a consultant for Shiny Red. I will however also be developing a few of my own web projects and hopefully leaving a few hours a week for working with some other start ups. Always keen to hear about new projects. Hell, I might even try to crack HTML again - a guy has got to have ambition after all.