A lot can happen in six years.
Six years ago I started Geekadelphia.com with Eric Smith and it has been one hell of an adventure. What began as a “collection” of links for our fanatical obsession with everything geek has turned into a substantially representative capital of popular culture in Philadelphia. We never set out to make money, or be a tourism blog, or a lifestyle magazine. We never expressly wanted to talk about tech, or gadgets, or startups, or movies (I could go on but you get the idea.) Geekadelphia has become a cultural resource and the vast majority of the credit goes to Eric Smith and the small army of writers he’s recruited.
What I love about these writers is that they share a vision I had with Eric. Philadelphia has always been a city that embraces innovation, which is why we get weird and let our geek flag fly high. I am confident that Geekadelphia will continue on its meandering path to greater success in making sure that our local community is served well.
I’m writing this because today is… the original release date for TRON: Legacy. It also happens to be the anniversary of my proposal to my better half. What, not dramatic enough?
Here we go.
The news I have for you, dear Philadelphians, is that the dawn of a new year will usher in new leadership as I resign my post as Administrator, Editor, and Creative Lead of Geekadelphia. I’ll be turning over the keys of this Impala to Michaelangelo Ilagan & Chris Urie in the most unceremonious way possible – probably over a Google Hangout or Steam chat (let’s be honest, that’s where I know I can find them). I believe that these two share the original vision. Like Eric and myself, these two care a whole lot about Philadelphia and its geek community. I trust them, and so should you.
As for me, I will be heading West to San Francisco to join the Product Design team at Facebook. It’s an exciting opportunity for me to challenge myself and explore what another city may have to offer (having lived on the East coast for 20 years, the other side of the map is uncharted territory according to conventional RTS gaming).
I can go on forever about how much I love this city. Everything from the people, businesses, organizations I’ve grown to be a part of, no matter how rough around the edges some may be, have had an incredible impact on how I see the world. (Yes, this includes Technically Philly.) I recognize the fact that my immediate future is under the employ of a social media titan, and that decision was not made lightly. My adventures with Geekadelphia and The Philadelphia Geek awards have taught me that when you live in a (relatively small) city, the silly things you make out of joy in your spare time can contribute to the greater good even if you only have an ounce of purpose. Social media makes the world a smaller place too, and it is my goal to make enough of a positive and lasting contribution through design that will do good for this world.
I’ll still fight for the users.
(Originally published December 17, 2013)