Home on the Range

bk-rangeI’m excited to announce that I’m joining Range.

It feels like long ago now, but it was just over two years ago that I made a leap of faith to work in the web industry full time. I turned my hobby into my career, and I feel so blessed that I am as passionate about my craft today as I was then.

My experience at Infomedia has been fantastic. I was given an opportunity to work on exciting projects with great people. I was given responsibility to make key decisions to direct our WordPress and web development strategies. I learned a ton. We achieved many milestones and they are on a path to continue to improve and succeed for a long time. I couldn’t ask for more from my time there.

Range began just over a year ago as a three person partnership between Sara Cannon, Pete Mall, and Aaron Campbell. I’ve known Sara since I got involved in the Birmingham WordPress group a few years ago. Range has been intriguing to me since its inception. I loved that such a small team was doing such large and impressive work from the outset, to the extent of being one of the first agencies to take part in the WordPress VIP partnership program.

Sara, Pete and Aaron are all WordPress core contributors, heavily involved in the community, and some of the smartest folks in our industry. I was extremely flattered when they approached me about joining them at Range.

We talked a great deal about how Range works, what their short and long term goals are, what my short and long term goals are, and how I could fit in. The more we talked the more excited I got.

I accepted the offer from Range over a drink with Sara and my wife, Erica. Hilariously, Sara had printed the offer letter before we met up and had me sign on the spot. And of course she took a picture too. It was really fun and an exciting time for us all.

Since I’m only the fourth full-time person at Range, I’ll wear many hats, but my bread and butter will likely be theme development. I look forward to learning to be a better programmer from Pete and Aaron and more about design from Sara. We’ve discussed a few ideas for future Range projects that I’m excited about as well. It’s going to be so much fun.

Some of you may be wondering about Post Status. It’s not going anywhere. Everyone at Range loves that I work on Post Status, and my commitment to the site was a part of our talks from the beginning. If anything, this move will give me more flexibility to do interesting things with it.

I’m thankful for all of my family and friends that have always been there for me, but my wife deserves special thanks. She is my best friend, my partner, and so unbelievably supportive of everything I do.

This is an exciting time, and I’m really looking forward to this new journey with Range.

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