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Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

About two years ago, I first laid my hands on a copy of Getting Things Done by David Allen. I tore through it and feebly decided that I wanted to share my discoveries and ideas with the world, so this blog was born.

There have definitely been ups and downs. I went from posting like a madman to hardly posting at all, in completely inconsistent spurts. While I tried my best to keep you kind people entertained and satiated, I definitely missed the mark on more than one occasion.

So, it is with more than a little sadness that I tell you this – I’m no longer going to be writing for The Cranking Widgets Blog. The site will live on in the very capable hands of my esteemed colleague, Andy Parkinson (who has been handling a good chunk of the writing duties around here lately), but the time has come for me to pass the baton and move on to greener pastures.

“But, but, WHY!?” you might find yourself asking. Well, there are several reasons. First and foremost, I feel like I’ve said all I need to say on this topic. While there are plenty of productivity/lifehack blogs out there who have existed far longer than this one, I feel like I’ve dried up my personal well of wisdom. And it’s not as though GTD, etc. has become less a part of my life – quite the opposite, actually. From the get-go, I’ve always thought that for somebody to have truly “gotten” this productivity junk, it should function silently in the background. And though I drop the ball almost daily, I’m to the point where my life sorta operates this way. In other words, I just don’t spend much time these days thinking about index cards or notebooks.

What’s next? Well, I’ve got a few things in the hopper, actually. As I’ve said many (many) times, software development is my job, as well as my passion. It’s something that I used to do in my free time (as well as at work) simply for the love of it. That is largely where my focus will shift, as I write this. I don’t plan on stopping this writing stuff altogether, and I do have a couple of ideas incubating right now that may pan out down the road.

Anyway, thanks for putting up with my crap for the past couple years. Hopefully you all took something away from this thing (and if you haven’t, get ready because Andy is going to drop some serious knowledge on your asses in the coming weeks – stay tuned because you can bet your ass that I’m going to).

If any of you would like to keep in touch with me, the best way to do that would be to visit my personal website, where you’ll find all sorts of ways to reach me and keep up with what I’m doing. If you don’t want to bother with all of that, you can just email me at or hit me up on twitter. I really would love to hear from you.

Thanks again, friends – I’ll see you around.

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