In times of change, when routine parts of your life are removed, critical parts that helped to define your identity, it’s easy to get unsettled. When your all-consuming macro focus suddenly widens to reveal infinite paths of opportunity ahead, it’s easy to get disoriented. These times are valuable times, and in these times it’s important to not ponder what’s behind, but rather what’s right here — the skills, the knowledge, the values, the friendships, and the passions that have driven you to your current heights. It’s these things that will keep you on sure-footing as you climb toward opportunities ahead.
Over the past few weeks I’ve done a lot of thinking along these lines, not only re-evaluating the skills and opportunities that earned me the incredible privilege of your audience, but pondering how it is that I can and should best apply those going forward. (I’ve also, I confess, spent a bit of time playing the videogames I’ve missed over the past few years. There’s been no shortage of tinkering in the garage, too, but we’ll save those details for another post.) I’ve been lucky enough to speak with, and listen to, a number of very talented individuals across a variety of industries — tech journalism, auto journalism, media relations, entrepreneurship, and product development to name a few — in a sort of quest to help identify which of those paths of opportunity will take me where I want to go.
And where do I want to go? A place where I have the freedom to investigate and dive deep into those topics that interest me most. A place where I can engage in compelling conversations with people creating amazing products and technologies. More importantly, a place where I can continue to have an open and transparent dialog with readers and followers. A place where I can continue to earn your trust and respect and work with those who have earned mine.
And so it’s with no shortage of pride, but I confess a little bit of nervousness, that I tell you I’m joining the CNET team. CNET is a place run and fueled by many talented people who I know and trust and respect, and I’m honored to now be able to count myself among them. I, too, had some concerns and doubts after the unfortunate happenings of CES 2013, but after lengthy conversations with numerous folks at many levels I’m confident that the dynamics that culminated in what went down in January have been altered. I’m confident that this is a place where I can freely say what should be said without fear of displeasing a corporate overlord. Without that confidence I wouldn’t have signed on.
I want you to be confident, too. As always, I believe that transparency and open dialog are the most important parts of building confidence. That’s part of what I’ll continue to bring to the table at CNET. While my primary role will be creating great feature content, a very important part of my job will be fostering open discussions with you the readers. I promise to neither rake muck nor bury my head in the sand, just to shoot straight and tell it like it is. Both sides of the story. As ever, if you have concerns or doubts, I want to hear them.
While the tech and auto news scenes are heavily saturated, there are still plenty of compelling untold stories just waiting behind the curtain. When the pace of the news cycle is this intense, few writers have the luxury or patience to dig deeper, to not only answer what a given thing is but why it is. What factors contributed to its design, to its performance, to its features, and to its cost? And then, after the reviews are posted and the industry moves along in its never-ending obsession over what’s coming next, how does what’s here now actually fit into your life? Each new product and technological advancement has a story. I’ll be working to comprehensively, and respectfully, tell those stories
I’ll be focusing on the worlds of both consumer technology and transportation, gadgets and cars, those two areas I’m personally most passionate about. I’ll also be contributing to show coverage and, yes, doing some liveblogs at big events, too. You’ll be seeing a fair bit of me soon enough, and I can’t wait to get started. It’s an incredible opportunity, and for that I am very thankful.