As many of you know, XBMC doesn’t pay any of its developers. Our coders earn money doing other things, like coding for other companies or running successful ventures. A few coders are students. One guy is even a butcher! This particular journal article is about what I do, and more importantly, what I’d rather do. Feel free to skip it, if that kind of thing doesn’t interest you, as in a very short period of time I’ll have written a much more exciting XBMC thing on a different page.
Last Friday, the 16th of March, I discovered that imo.im was hiring an Online Community Manager. As a fan of the imo.im software, I thought this represented an awesome opportunity for me, and one I didn’t want to screw up.
As many of you know, I am the Community Manager, right now, for XBMC, which is an awesome job full of cool opportunities, but decidedly lacking in the pay area. Most of my actual income these days comes from relatively unrelated self-employment situations, where I do the html/css work of developing websites. I also act as the MODX guru, where being the guru doesn’t connect up too much with being the SQL guru. It’s an OK job that pays reasonably well per hour, but simply doesn’t draw me like being the lead online marketing/tech support guy* for an international software organization.
*In the era of Twitter and Facebook, tech support==marketing, as far as intelligent people are concerned. There’s a reason Apple outsources the hardware but hires locals to staff AppleCare phone support. Read More