Apparently Scoble has left Microsoft. This isn’t about that news, I am sure if you are interested there are plenty of places you can find out more (most of it rumour and speculation). No, this post is about my initial reaction to the news; has he given up the best job in the world?
For a geek like me Roberts Microsoft gig was like giving a kid a trolley dash round the candy store. The boxes were all ticked, freedom, gadgets, conferences, travel, profile. He got to talk to cool people, play with fun tech stuff and then write whatever he wanted about it, within NDA restrictions obviously. Who wouldn’t want that job?
The more I thought about it though the more I realised that his role at Microsoft wasn’t perhaps my dream blogging gig. I have a pretty plum role right now as a matter of fact. Scoble rightly or wrongly is a lightning rod for a pretty high profile big company. It can’t be easy being flamed on a daily basis for stuff that is not your fault. I think it is way more fun to write about whatever you want to without corporate overlords looking over your shoulder and only getting heat for stuff you had a hand in.
The main litmus test for if something is your dream job I guess is “would you still do it if you didn’t have to?”. That is, if you dropped a big lottery windfall would you continue doing what you are doing? I would. I have no doubt if I won the lottery I would still blog. It might morph into a blog about my lottery win but I would still do it. Would you still blog if financial incentives were no longer an issue?
There is a flip-side to this test also; would you still enjoy it if you had to do it. This is the opposite to the lottery win, if you had to do something for money would you still get joy out of it? When you go from doing something whenever the mood takes you to having to do something every day whether you feel like it or not how does that change your perception? I used to really love programming but working for companies with working environment, structure, projects and management that, uh, were not ideal kind of killed off any joy I got out of it. Only escaping that environment got me back into loving it again. Having to do something can stop it being fun sometimes. Could you still enjoy blogging if it became your job rather than your pastime?
I’m glad to say knowing I had to post this morning did not fill me with dread, I enjoyed writing it and I look forward to posting for the rest of the week. On top of this Nick and I are working on an exciting Performancing project which is starting to show progress. Life is good, I don’t think I will be making any calls to replace Scoble at Microsoft!
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