Keefr.com – Back From Moth Balls

Hello, the few Keefr.com readers out there.

All my various web properties, have been woefully neglected. Time, priorities, etc. have all changed since I last posted on regular basis. But this is my third post in as many days, and I’m hoping to start a new streak and a new habit of writing and keeping that creative muscle going. This post is less technology-related, and more giving you an idea of where I’ve been, and where I’m at now. Feel free to skip this one till the next technology post goes live, or read on to learn a little bit more about me.

Since the Last Post

Back in late 2019 and early 2020, I had been laid off from a job that I loved, and a team I loved more. I started my own dev/technology consulting company. Ultimately, I returned to a former company in a higher leadership-based position, running and coaching teams, expanding on the duties I had in my past roles. In the past few years, I had utilized my leadership skills on the youth soccer pitch but now I’ve seen both of my two boys age out of playing sports at a level where I can coach them effectively. That’s been as bittersweet as any of the professional accomplishments and changes. All in all, though there have been many more ups than downs, which is really saying something as we’re all experiencing and hoping for 2020’s demise sooner rather than later.

In the past, I’ve had two sports-related side hustles, one covering NASCAR, the other covering women’s professional soccer in the United States. I’ve spun both of those down. A combination lack of time and lack of readership, made me reclaim my time on those fronts. Luckily, the latter, Courage Country, will live on under a new branding and new owner, Greg Ng, who’ve I’ve known and worked with over the years. It’s in good hands.

Previous Role

remote work multi-monitorSince being laid off late in 2019, I do a very little amount of coding. My last job title was Group Interactive Director, and I lead a small team of developers, UX strategists, and freelance resources. It was fun returning to a company I’d once been a individual contributor at, and seeing how both myself and the company had grown. In 2022 though, I saw the writing on the wall there too, and sought another position. I’d already put in my notice, and on my second to last day, my team, along with a lot of others were let go. Our clients’ dwindling budgets often dictate staffing, and my guess is that was the case coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Current Role

Since May 2022, I’m now fully remote as an engineering manager for a California-based company. Coming on, we had a relatively big team of engineers spread across five time zone, with the company California-based, but fully remote. Being on the East coast, I coached/led the early crew – several engineers in Argentina, a guy in Georgia, one in Minnesota, and one on the West Coast. Like a lot of companies, I think we may have slightly over hired during the pandemic, and had to course correct. The team size has dwindled, but we have a strong core. We lost a lot of good engineers and even better people. It’s no fun being on either side of lay offs.

Beyond Work

Along with my better half, we juggle two kids in sports (soccer and basketball), and spend a lot of time cheering on our local/localish teams – the Carolina Hurricanes, North Carolina Tar Heels, North Carolina Courage, Charlotte FC, North Carolina FC, and of course NCFC Youth.

While I’ve considered completely shutting down some of my websites, I’ve decided to give it a go again, to see how often I can share and write to my various web properties. This one will still be about sharing cool development, interactive, coding, along with leadership stuff, etc.

Next Steps

Like I said in the intro, this is my attempt at starting a new habit of writing regularly. My quest is finding things to share and keep up my always learning and writing mentality, while simultaneously sharing with those out there who’ve followed or stumbled upon Keefr.com.

Welcome to the journey. I hope you find some of what I’m sharing interesting and informative. I’m also using these recent posts as a way to explore AI for visualizations. Everything I write is mine (other than the offsite links obviously). Though I am working with Adobe’s Firefly in an attempt to explore the power and possibility of AI for my visuals to accompany the blog posts here.

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