First, I’ve been very neglectful of my blog, and I apologize. It’s been a crazy busy year, and and keeping up with publishing everything I was working on became impossible. That being said, I’m back in the saddle, and you can expect more high quality technical guides and patented Chris J snark on a regular basis.
Second, holy crap, our development agency has been merged. ImTheirWebGuy.com is now part of the Symphoni Group.
There are a dozen reasons why I made that move, but here are the most important ones:
1. We had reached our max capacity.
When I started this business, I knew one thing: I wanted to write code for a living, and I wanted to not be stuck inside a massive cube farm doing it. I like working with clients directly, and I like solving problems that matter. However, as time went on and our business grew, it became my entire life. Seven day weeks became the norm, and what’s more, I stopped having time to do all of the experimentation that led to my fun discoveries and best white papers.
On top of that, business administration started taking up more and more of my time, leading to less actual code writing. No bueno.
2. I wanted to work with a full service team.
Some of the projects I worked on would have people from three or four different companies, with different approaches, different philosophies, and different levels of expertise. Sometimes this was awesome, but other times, it meant chaos. I can think of three projects in the last year and a half that would have benefited massively from having a single team start to finish. My options were either to grow my own company to agency size (and as a result, do less and less of what I actually love), or to find an existing team that really needed me. The Symphoni team already has a kick ass design group, and quality folks in SEO, social media, content marketing, and PPC management, and needed some heavy lifting on the pure technology side. It’s a perfect match.
3. I want to go after national level projects.
I’ve been fortunate enough in the last five years to have some very high profile clients, but many of the opportunities I could have been involved in were looking specifically for a full service team in house. While I have enjoyed working with small businesses, my focus has shifted to heavy duty development and high traffic sites, and most small businesses just don’t have those kinds of needs. I want to be challenged, and to come up with creative solutions that get millions of eyeballs.
Because of the project management requirements of projects that size, and because they’re often looking for a complete in-house solution, a merger with an existing agency made the most sense.
I’ve known Lauren and Daniel (the principals behind the Symphoni team) for around five years, and have been impressed with their accomplishments. I’m honored to join the Symphoni team, and look forward to breaking new ground in the web development space. It’s empowering to know that all of the parts of the process that I used to have to rely on third party groups for, I now have as part of a core team.
My blog will continue to run as usual (more active, actually), so expect more frequent postings of my analysis, tutorials, and sarcastic observations. And if you’re looking for a heavy duty web development firm for your next project, drop me a line.