I told my boss I want to start a magazine, and he gave his blessing

I told my boss I want to start a magazine, and he gave his blessing

Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2011

It has been a long time since I've written. Yes, there has been a lot going on, but also, I feel there has been so much going on that every time I sit down to write, I feel I need to do a recap of everything, like they do in television series.

But like television series, I'll do a selective recap so that I can go to bed at a decent hour. Starting with the title of my blog. I've always wanted to start something of my own yet, in the past year as Editor at DailyStrength, I find I love what I do and don't want to jeopardize my dream job.

I love that I've grown into a position where I'm having conversations with writers about how their articles fit into an editorial vision-- and in the end, I have final say over what this vision is. I advise them on how to choose topics and write in a way that interests both readers and search engines, and how not only to get better at writing, but see the results with pageview stats and feedback metrics. I also love the content-- interesting, thought provoking articles about health issues written by inspiring professionals and people with a lot of experience. Plus, I do a lot of other cool web stuff like events and strategy, and I get to write too. I'm really not sure how I got here. I applied to this company as a Web Development Project Manager (because I also love all things web and design), but somehow slipped from one area I love to another.

Which brings me to this new thing I want to start. Enableher. I've already got the domain, the design, the WordPress platform. If I get this off the ground, not only will I be coding with WordPress, which appeals to my design side, I'll be the Editor of my own publication. What a great combination. And it's not for money either-- it's really just to put something out there and see how it goes.

When I thought of it, I worried at first about my current job. I didn't really worry about whether or not the workload would be too much. Especially in these beginning stages, I can drop it and pick it up whenever I want. I know my priorities, and I know what pays the bills. But would it compete? Would my job frown on it or would it affect me negatively if it ever got really big? Could I lose my job over it?

I tried doing some research around starting something while holding down a day job, especially one in which the duties of both are very similar. I saw a lot of cautionary tales and warnings which didn' t make me feel much better. I thought maybe this dream might have to wait.

Then, randomly, before I left the office today, I turned to my boss and asked him what he thought of my starting a publication. It was a ballsy move, I know, and I watched him mull it over for a second. But, as a man who is an entrepreneur himself, his response was very encouraging. He said go for it, and just to make sure it didn't take up too much of my time. He then talked about how you never know, it could become wildly successful.

I don't know myself, but it's something I'm ready to see succeed or fail. I'm just glad I'm not going to get fired for trying.