On to the next big adventure

In the summer of 2009, together with a couple friends we came up with the idea to start a side business offering WordPress consulting and development. We officially kicked things off on October 1st that year and by January of 2010 we had all quit our jobs to work full time at this tiny speck of a company called 9seeds.

Looking back from then to now… holy shit, what a wild ride. There have been amazing highs and of course some spectacular lows to go along with. Through it all, I can definitely say it has been an adventure.

That adventure, for me, is coming to an end.

You got questions, I got answers

If you care enough about me to read my blog posts (hi, and thanks for reading), I assume you read that last sentence and had a bunch of questions pop in to your head. Or, you may even have blurted out, what the deuce? Well, let me see if I can answer some of what you’re probably wondering.

Is 9seeds closing down?

Absolutely not. Last year I brought on two business partners, Jon & Justin. We’ve been running the business together as a trio and I’m excited to see where they take it as a duo.

What are you leaving to do?

I’m joining a Seattle-based startup called Booktrope. We haven’t come up with an official title yet, but I’ll be leading the digital marketing efforts. More on this in the days and weeks to come.

SEATTLE?!? Are you moving?

Chris and I were in Seattle for the weekend recently and we really enjoyed our time. But to answer your question, no, we are not moving to Seattle. We’re not moving anywhere for that matter. Our home is in Vegas and there it will stay.

Are you still going to work with WordPress?

For the past several years WordPress has been a HUGE part of my life. And, that certainly doesn’t stop with my new position. The Booktrope site is built on WordPress and I intend to keep it that way. I’ll likely take over management of the site and I’m sure many of our marketing efforts will use WordPress, too. Plus, this fancy blog you’re reading right this minute is built on WordPress. So, yeah, I’m not breaking up with WordPress, but we did agree to see other people.

Will you still be a WordCamp junkie?

The WordPress community is near and dear to my heart. Many of my deepest friendships have been built at WordCamps all across the country. I’m excited to say that I will definitely be attending WordCamp Las Vegas in September. But I’m sad to say that beyond that, I currently don’t have any plans to travel to attend any other WordCamps. Although, with my new company being based in Seattle, perhaps I can finally put that one on my calendar.

As with any change this size, a lot of emotions are involved, but two stand out the most. I’m bummed that I won’t be working daily with my awesome team and friends at 9seeds. But I’m very excited for this new adventure.


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  1. Sam Hennessy on July 23, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Does Andy R still work at booktrope? I see a Selling Source thred running through this story.

    • John on July 23, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Yes sir, Andy is at Booktrope!

  2. Michael Bastos on July 23, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Congrats brother, wishing you the best in this new adventure.

    • John on July 23, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks, Michael!

  3. justinfoell on July 23, 2015 at 9:38 am

    John Hawkins fails at WordPress – by not turning on comments until after 1k views of this post. No wonder he’s leaving! 😛

    • John on July 23, 2015 at 10:31 am

      Yeah, I suck!

  4. wcminneapolis on July 23, 2015 at 9:56 am

    congrats on your next adventure john!

  5. Crystal on August 2, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Congrats John! It sounds pretty awesome!

    • John on August 2, 2015 at 6:08 pm

      Thanks, Crystal!

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