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Life [Jun. 5th, 2002|05:15 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
So basically, my life is work. Some would say that's not healthy, etc etc, but my work is fun. Or at least, it starts fun. Then my fun nugget of an idea gets huge and I'm stuck maintaining it because I know it best and/or I work for peanuts.

I like creating new things. That's fun.

I don't like maintaining them. Parts are fun and rewarding, but the thrill of creation and design isn't there.

The last couple days I haven't been able to work on my new project too much because I've been doing LJ maintenance crap. And maintenance isn't just server stuff, which can pretty much run & clean itself 99% of the time. Maintenance also includes emailing people, checking up on employees continually, etc.

But I can't just entirely hand LJ over to somebody else... I need somebody totally reliable and motivated that stays in close contact with me (not vice versa!) and asks when they're not sure how they should handle something.

Does that person exist? I have no clue. More and more I'm thinking no, and that makes me feel alone.

I love LiveJournal. I love using it and fucking around with Eli anonymously and making up users and inventing their past lives and stuff.

Whoa ... I just posted to the Portland community asking if anybody knew geeks looking for jobs and within minutes I got 3 resumes. Rad. Maybe there is hope.

In any case, I'm totally confused what I want to do. I want to work for a company that lets me do whatever I want whenever I want and hand off tasks to other employees in the company. In other words, I want to work for myself but not deal with that whole running-a-business thing.

I feel like I've already written this post a dozen times in the past, no?

[User Picture]From: graceadieu
2002-06-05 05:18 pm (UTC)

its okay...

For all you do for all of us, you are entitled to repeat anything as often as you like, and rant to your heart's content!
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[User Picture]From: dormando
2002-06-05 05:22 pm (UTC)
Lemme fire up the cloning machine.
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[User Picture]From: dpb
2002-06-05 05:22 pm (UTC)
Were you the one doing that totally insane mailman guy...let me see if I can find him...oh yes


I swear that journal was so highly entertaining...
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From: jujubaba
2002-06-05 05:25 pm (UTC)

once again...

you're killing me with that eli stuff.

but as for finding someone out there that will help you out like you want, i believe that there is someone. it is just a matter of finding them. dont give up yet... wait at least a week. :)

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[User Picture]From: ccupguy
2002-06-05 05:26 pm (UTC)


My 2 Euro-cents...

But why not train somebody until you're confident they'll be able to cope ?
On the other hand, I do think that 'owning' a business is always the best 'motivation' for doing a good job and working on it until you drop...

Giving it to someone that would still need to report to you probably won't work because it won't be his/her baby...and, as you said yourself, the pay sucks...

Selling it or giving it away completely and thus leaving it behind is the only real solution imho. I personally would rather have you stay on because I doubt Live Journal would evolve further (in a positive way) without you around, but if you need to leave...then you should, otherwise you'll end up frustrated about missed opportunities and other 'things' you could've done...
Your call I guess.

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[User Picture]From: angelicdestiny
2002-06-05 05:26 pm (UTC)

and making up users and inventing their past lives and stuff

youre starting to frighten me :oP
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[User Picture]From: eli
2002-06-05 05:41 pm (UTC)

Hahha...you fucker

Part 1:
When I got that response I hesitated before responding back with the grammar corrections. I was like....fuck, I probably shouldn't be correcting whoever the fuck this is because I'm horrible at this myself. Oh well....as long as Brad doesn't see it I'll be fine. He's the only one who'd give me shit for it.

Hehh..then fuck...I'm replying to you :-)

Part 2
My suggestions to your work woes.
1) Get on some sort of developing team for a big company. A REALLY big company. Something that's going to be fun, something with lots of play, something that'll get you just as much bank as starting a company on your own. There have GOT to be people out there who just pay people like yourself to sit around and think up good shit.....get it going, then hand it over for somebody else to maintain

2) Pay somebody to work on your shit...and pay them good money. Get somebody professional, somebody who can report to you and who you don't have to check up on. Maybe this type of person doesn't exist, I don't know. Seems to me though, if you're putting a high paying salary out there for somebody to dedicate their entire JOB to helping you with your projects, you could find somebody.

3) Write a program that locks down your computer from any LJ related things and make it run at all times that aren't 9 - 5. Ok...so maybe that's not entire solution...but the idea is there. You should try to separate work from life maybe. If you're just kind of always working on things....I'd imagine it'll always feel like you're always working.

4) Get a really hot chick and find some poontang. This one's my personal favorite suggestion :-)

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[User Picture]From: dpb
2002-06-05 05:43 pm (UTC)

Re: Hahha...you fucker

Or he can combine 2 and 4 and get a really good deal!
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[User Picture]From: kuteegurl79
2002-06-05 05:48 pm (UTC)

Re: Hahha...you fucker

But at least I exist, Eli!

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[User Picture]From: eli
2002-06-05 05:58 pm (UTC)

Re: Hahha...you fucker

Whooooah....welcome back. You're even more of a lurker than this man :-)
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From: sheehan
2002-06-05 06:33 pm (UTC)

Re: Hahha...you fucker


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[User Picture]From: niko
2002-06-05 07:05 pm (UTC)
unfortunately I'm mostly familiar with desktop and networking.. no server issues. otherwise I'd apply :)
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[User Picture]From: grumbeld
2002-06-05 07:05 pm (UTC)
I know how you feel about that love of design, but not maintenance. I'm in the process of completing a community of gamers in Eugene and from the brief tests of the design I've gotten good reviews, but I have a thesis to do this summer and I don't have the time to work on this as much as I would have to.

I am happy that something Julian, Richard, and I designed a year ago is still going on even if we have since ninja vanished though. Now if we could only publish our board game my resume would look pretty sleek.
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[User Picture]From: arya
2002-06-05 07:56 pm (UTC)
I'm a unix, php and mysql geek, and I *so* need a job. You should hire me. I am entertaining, and I have a good mp3 collection.
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From: joshknowles
2002-06-05 07:57 pm (UTC)
Have your checked out the Portland Perl Users Group to see if there are any people worth talking to? From what I have seen those kinds of groups are usually filled with people who are mostly talk and no code but sometimes you can find someone who knows their stuff.
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[User Picture]From: wuweibaby
2002-06-05 08:04 pm (UTC)
"in other words, I want to work for myself but not deal with that whole running-a-business thing"

can i be the weird old lady working in your mail room?
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[User Picture]From: dottey
2002-06-05 10:20 pm (UTC)
You sound like Willy Wonka (my favorite movie as a kid)... Looking for someone trusting to take over your company... Someone who won't go and screw it up and try to run it "his" way...

Good luck!
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[User Picture]From: nolegs
2002-06-06 06:43 am (UTC)
Get drunk and set it on fire.
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[User Picture]From: xaotica
2002-06-07 12:52 pm (UTC)
i have the same problem!

it's hard to reliquinsh (sp?) control, too... and the ego thing is involved as well.... and man.


but i have 500 projects i want done.... and i'm just no good at finding the right people who want to do them.
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