“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
Five years ago, when I launched ManaNation, I had naivë dreams of untold riches as I captured a niche market and gained throngs of followers. Little did I know how difficult growing a Magic website would prove to be. It became a monumental task to continue to expand, innovate and find new ideas for the site. Then two years ago fate decided that it was time to take it to the next level and the site exploded and I was dropped into possibly the perfect job for me.
It’s been quite a journey. One that I admit I had no clue where it was taking me. And one that has swept me off my feet.
Today I get to announce a new leg of the journey. One that is a surprising and delightful turn: Starting next month, on Dec. 12th, I will work for Wizards of the Coast as their Content Specialist overseeing DailyMTG.com.
So in a few short weeks, with a holiday and a major Magic tournament (World Championships) in the weeks in the middle, Katie and I will be moving to Seattle with an epic 6 day cross country road trip. And like every good war-time commander, I’m ready to throw plans out the window at a moment’s notice.
Leaving CoolStuffInc was a tough decision, my bosses and everyone there have been fantastic – in many ways it’s been my dream job. They gave me almost carte blanche to pursue ideas and explore my entrepreneurial spirit to find new ways to make the company money. I was a one man mad-scientist R&D, the “resident dreamer” and it has been awesome.
The truth is that Wizards is just about the only company who could pull me away from here. Talking to my bosses and telling them the news is probably one of the hardest things I’ve had to do professionally. But, I’m excited at what’s coming down the road.
I wrote an article about this news for GatheringMagic.com, and in it I use a quote from Conan O’Brien: “Work hard, be kind and amazing things will happen.” I can 100% confirm this is true.