If you’re confused by the article title, don’t worry. So am I. But the reasons behind it will hopefully become clear over the next couple of minutes of your time.
The last time I titled an article “an open letter” was when I hit the magical figure of 2,000 posts for TiP. Ever since that day, I’ve been looking forward to, and keeping an eye on my post count so that I didn’t miss 3,000. There was absolutely no way I was going to let my 3,000th post on TodaysiPhone.com be another rumor about an unreleased product. Except, that’s exactly what it was. It’s kind of ironic that I got distracted from my original plan by an iTV rumor. But that’s part and parcel of this job.
So, instead, I’m writing my 3,003rd post. (Title makes sense now, doesn’t it?)
There are a few reasons why I wanted to write this post, but the main one was to say thanks (again). We’ve grown a heck of a lot since I wrote my very first article for TiP. Not just in terms of the size of our crew, or how many page views we’re getting, or any of that. We’re growing in our capacity to do more, have more variety, and still keep up with all the news, gossip and rumors that come along. The fact is, there was a time where I dreamed we might post 10 articles a day in total. Now, I’m disappointed if we haven’t hit double that. And so, my first thanks is directed at all the guys that help keep this site running with good content: Jake “The Vid” Rosati, Matt “Tweak King” Sholly, Kyle “The Dev” Frost, Stephen “The Other British Guy” Warwick, Jennifer “Loves Apps” Beese and Griffin “The Intern” Koupal. You’re a great bunch to work with.
I remember turning to my wife around 5 years ago saying that I – one day – would love to work from home, and write for a living. However much I wanted it, I genuinely never saw it becoming a reality. Once I started working for the site, I only assumed it’d be so long before I’d have to go out and look for a “proper job”. I was writing while I was in university, and assumed that when I graduated I’d no longer be able to do this. With the seemingly inevitable future of getting back in to selling phones for money again, I was delighted when I was offered the Managing Editor’s role. The timing could perhaps have been better, I was frantically trying to finish off three short film scripts and a dissertation on British Social Realism in movies. But, there was no way I was going to pass up on my dream. At that point, I had no idea what I was doing, but had to give it a shot, also assuming It’d all end within the first year. It’s been another two years since that day, and I don’t regret it at all.
I don’t want to come across as gloating. I truly am grateful for my work, that I get to write about gadgets. And the truth is, I couldn’t be doing it at all if people weren’t reading it, or watching the videos. And so my biggest thanks has to go out to all our readers, subscribers, followers and viewers. To you. If you’re reading this, I thank you.
More personally, the last 12 months has been something of a roller-coaster for me. Something perhaps no one except a few people know is that I was diagnosed with depression in the summer of 2012. There are lots of possible reasons why. But there have been tons of mood swings, and long spells of no motivation. Often times I have days where I sit in front of my computer with tons to write not being able to come up with a decent sentence. When getting my mind in gear is like wading through treacle. I’m not ashamed of the depression, not at all, there just never came an opportunity or any real reason to share any of it on an iOS blog. Until now. Which leads me on to my next thank you.
One person who does a heck of a lot for TiP, who you’ll rarely see any content or input from on the outside is David Beren. He has his hands full with TmoNews and DroidDog (and now a baby son), and always has enough time to listen my ideas and give insight on our direction and what we should be doing. I’m convinced that our blog, and my capability to manage the load and deal with my own mental health would be a lot worse off without him onboard as our Director. In fact, I couldn’t wish for a better one. It’s great knowing you have a “line manager” you know’s on your side, who’s got the same ambition as you, and isn’t shy to kick you up the backside when you need it. Truly grateful. I wouldn’t have survived or developed in my role without David. And that’s no exaggeration. Although, his addiction to Starbucks’ hot chocolate is a little more disturbing. Seriously, if he’d won a trip to Willy Wonka’s factory, he’d make Augustus Gloop’s effort at drinking the chocolate river look positively reserved.
There are so many other people that affect our site that I could thank. From the guys over at Phonedog HQ (Tom and Rebecca), to all the PR people I’ve built a relationship with, manufacturers, developers, twitter followers… the list goes on. I could go on for hours about everyone I’m thankful to, but I shan’t.
By now I’m sure I’m coming across as gushy. So…
To 3,003 more articles and to good health!