My first tweet

I was in a particularly lengthy conference call the other day. Once my contribution had been made, my mind started wandering, up comes Tweetdeck, and before too long I’m on First Tweet.

My first tweet was made 5 years ago when I was Content Manager for the D&T Association. For two years I’d been creating and publishing content on a variety of mediums, mainly focused on a Joomla 1.0 website. I remember trying to make my tweet sound intelligent, not a ‘what’s this all about then’ tweet.

Alien figure
I searched through old photos from my time at the D&T Association and all I found was an Alien posing for a picture in front of my iMac’s built in camera.

I enjoyed my day job because I believed in the work the Association was undertaking (still do), I was learning HTML, CSS, bits of PHP and I was getting into the open source scene. After a university degree that relied upon proprietary software that I could never hope to afford, I loved that there were people creating software for the betterment of others.

Moving on

As I learned more, I became frustrated with the superiority printed products enjoyed over their digital counterparts so I began considering my next career move. A music technology degree affords you little career choices and I began feeling lost. My girlfriend (now wife) challenged me to get out of my comfort zone so I drew up a road map with the goal of becoming an Information Architect however without a related qualification, I was scared of rejection.

After three years of university, and £15K of student debt, how did I get myself into this position?

So I worked hard on my CV, started the first version of this website, and continued reading as much as I could about Information Architecture and User Experience.

Today

It’s been a hell of an experience, I’ve worked with some great clients and made many friends. All since I sent that first tweet.

Whitney Hess shared this quote recently and it sums up my feelings nicely.

“To willingly reside in our distress, no longer resisting what is, is the real key to transformation. As painful as it may be to face our deepest fears, we do reach the point where it's more painful not to face them. This is a pivotal point in the practice life.”
Ezra Bayda.