This really came out of left-field, whichever way you look at it.
Six years ago, I was studying for a degree in English Literature.
Five years ago, I was working on a cottage-industry startup website.
Three years ago, I was running my own (albeit cottage-industry scale) website company.
And a year ago, I started work for a large multinational web company in London.
It’s been a strange roller-coaster so far, particularly as I entered the whole web industry thang about a year before everything done went boom and most of us were left riding out the storm clinging to small pieces of e-Wreckage.
And here I am now, having spent the past six months negotiating and organising a move to California to work in Silicon Valley (not as glamorous a place as it sounds, I promise).
So, in honour of such a momentous move, I’m doing the unthinkable and setting up a diary of the online variety, for two main reasons:
* Moving abroad is, erm, tricky, and one of the big things that surprised me is the lack of first-hand advice I could find regarding moving from the UK to the US. Hopefully I’ll occasionally write some stuff which is useful for anyone else contemplating such a move.
* I have plenty of friends and family in the UK. They probably want to keep vague tabs on what I’m doing, and whilst I’ll try to email/phone/etc (promise guys), this is another way to keep in touch.
Finally, some ground rules:
* I will occasionally leave commenting open on pieces. I will ruthlessly edit, though. My site, my rules. Told you it wasn’t a blog.
* I will probably never directly mention the name of the employer on whose behalf I’m moving continents. Not because I’m ashamed of them – far from it. But this is primarily about my *personal* experiences of transatlantic living, not the people who pay my wages. Most people who’re likely to read this know who I work for anyway, so it doesn’t need reiterating.
* An important addendum to that – anything (really, *anything*) I say here is *not* endorsed by, the opinion of, or in any other way related to my (anonymous) employer.
Let the fun and games commence…