Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New start

So I got to meet a bunch of the Yellowknife bloggers this evening. That was nice. Met them at a hotel, had a good supper and chatted with a bunch of them. I'm a touch envious of the community they have there, that they're friends and that they all manage to get together once a month.

I really think we need to work on that a bit in Iqaluit. I'm not entirely sure how, since the notion of going out for supper is a touch more expensive than in Iqaluit, but it's still nice to see them all getting along so well. It's a good community. I really am a touch jealous.

Oh yes, I am in Yellowknife. Did I forget to mention that?

I've known this trip was coming up for several weeks. However, I simply didn't mention it because it was possibly work related. I didn't want to jinx things. Plus, as regular readers know, I have a "do not talk about work" policy on this blog. However, I will allow a small crack in this policy as my status of being unemployed is certainly something I talked about here.

That's a status that is officially over as today. Without getting too much into it, a company in Yellowknife flew me out to talk to them. They interested in having me open a branch office in Iqaluit, which I've accepted. So I start working with them very shortly. Actually, in a twist, the job offer came at least partially because the owner of the company liked my writing on Twitter and this blog and offered me the position because of that. Which is cool. It's also a huge relief to know the blog can continue and that, as long as I'm not really, really, remarkably stupid about some of the subject matter, he's fine with it existing.

This dry spell went on a touch longer than expected, but I'm glad it's over now. Plus, this looks like it's going to be an interesting job. A nice, gentle stretching of my current skill set, which I think is always a good thing. A little stretching every now and then is a good thing.

Anyway, this is a quick jaunt. I'm back home tomorrow. Although I managed to cram in a day's worth of meetings, getting to meet some of the local bloggers and a Wal-Mart run. So I might have only been in town less than two days, but they've been action packed.

Then again, I imagine so will the next few weeks. Here's hoping my brain still remembers how to work after the lay-off.

Last Five
1. Rainbow connection - Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies
2. Another pilot - Hey Rosetta!*
3. Pardon me madam, my name is Eve - Elvis Costello and the Imposters
4. Fez - being born - U2
5. Baby mine - Allison Krauss


SRD said...

woohoo! glad you're gainfully employed again :) re meeting up with bloggers - what about a potluck ?

Alan W. Davidson said...


It goes to show the influence a good blog can have on others. Best of luck with the job.

Morena said...

Congrats on the Job... As for you dinner problem, how about a once a month potluck? And when bloggers from other communities are in town we can join in??

Megan said...

It was great to have you as our special guest. Congratulations on the job.

Our blogger meetups are always different. We've had breakfast, coffee, a barbecue, supper, drinks and even a costume party. You guys could start small and see how many people show up.

Clare said...

I remember early on Megan saying how jealous she was of the Nunavut blogging community, but I'm with you, their star seems to have waxed while ours has waned (yes, I know that's a mixed metaphor). There is opportunity I think in Iqaluit, and I think perhaps in a couple of other communities.

I also wonder if it is time for someone else to take over the reins of the Nunies and the blog roll. Someone more vibrant and energetic.

And congrats on the job, they didn't happen to say if they'd be opening an Arctic Bay branch office soon did they?

Jordan~Stephanie said...

Congrats TB!!

We miss you!

Megan said...

I admit, I was jealous. You guys seemed to have a great little community, and I felt very alone. In the last year or so, we've actually managed to get our group together, and a bunch of your bloggers have moved away. I think we are a much less transient group than Nunabloggers, and we also tend to have sites that aren't "northern blogs"; they're just blogs.

Ed Hollett said...

I guess this is what happens when you use for talent for niceness instead of evil.

Congrats on the new job!

Jason said...

It was nice meeting you too. Congrats on the job. I think you're going to love working for that gang.