(originally posted at crw.typepad.com)
I've applied for the Software Engineer position at Six Apart.
This comes after two long months of stumping for a job in the defense industry in the DC area. There, I was wooed by the promise of steady work at decent wages, with no chance of having my position outsourced. The trade-off would be the potential of my work being immoral and possibly repetitive and boring (which I would consider immoral as well). It quickly dawned on me that such work just wouldn't suit me.
Enter Six Apart.
While helping AKMA with an oddly-borked MT upgrade, I serendipitously found the job opening at 6A. MT was the first blogging app I ran on my own hosted server, and I'd spent a good chunk of time testing it during the version 3 alpha and beta phases and playing with the new plugin architecture. It's a good codebase surrounded by a great community - who wouldn't jump at the opportunity to get paid to hack on it?
I applied and soon found myself in contact with Ben Trott. Ben and Mena have a reputation in the blogosphere as being a ridiculously cute couple and as such I find myself tempted to give in to a false sense of informality when chatting with or about them. It's quite disconcerting and will probably only disappear once I actually get to know them.
After initial contact, Suw was kind enough to hook me up with a 90 day free trial for TypePad. Luckily she was able to attach the TypePad account to my pre-existing TypeKey account - which at first glance seemed an entirely non-obvious process. TypePad auto-imported my profile data from TypeKey and I was off - ready to explore!