I Got a Fever: 2012 in Review

And the only prescription is more WordPress. WordPress 3.5 was released yesterday and I was named on the list of contributors. I had submitted some fixes to the Blue Theme’s CSS and some of the changes made it into core! Making the list has given me a renewed drive to try and decode Trac and become a more consistent contributor. This is just another part of the positive news I’ve been receiving lately.

A little over a week ago, I put in my two weeks notice at my current job at O3 World in Philadelphia. I wanted to explore new oppurtunities and meet new people. I had played with the idea of freelancing full-time, but couldn’t find health insurance at a reasonable rate. So, for the past week or so, I’ve been applying to jobs and trying to spread the word of my recent free agency. Leaving a full-time job at a stable web firm without a back-up plan isn’t an easy choice to make, but making a clean break made it easier for me to promote my status on social media and this fine website you’re reading now.

In addition to the social aspect, it gave me a kick in the ass to get my portfolio up-to-date and looking good for potential hiring onlookers. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by all of the positive feedback I received from the emails and applications I sent, and even impressed at the interest from some pretty huge names in the industry.

2012 has been a great year. I got married to my beautiful and talented wife. Together, we have been settling into the 2nd year in our house. We’ve added a new member to our family, although we had to say goodbye to another. With all these new opportunities popping up, I’m really excited for what’s to come in 2013.

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6 Comments
  1. Brian

    Hey Pete, I’m looking forward to see where you land. I’ve enjoyed following what you’ve been up to recently, and wish you luck moving forward!

    The site looks great. I kept coming back to it when doing mine to remind myself of the type of elegant simplicity I wanted to achieve. So well done!

    • Pete Schuster

      Thanks Brian, looking forward to see what you have in store for 2013 too. Did you finish up your bathroom remodel yet?

      • Brian

        Just have to paint the ceiling and baseboards : ) Like web projects, the last 10% seems to go on forever in construction.

        Also, a) weird thinking of 2013, and b) I’m super excited! It’s going to be a great year.

  2. Tom McFarlin

    Congrats on everything, Pete, and props to going after a gig that you love.

    I did the same thing a little over two years ago, and though it looks a bit different for everyone, I’ve never regretted.

    Eager to follow you over the next year to see how things pan out :).

    • Pete Schuster

      Thanks Tom, looking forward to listening to some Hello Dolly in 2013

  3. Shannon Collins

    I’m proud of you for recognizing an opportunity for growth and snagging it. I’m excited for what 2013 will bring, I think it’s going to be a good one. Congrats again on the WordPress contributor mention, that’s exciting stuff!