On the 31st January I shall officially be leaving Ghost - Something I never thought you'd hear me say.

Below is an explantation of my decision behind this, or you can just skip to the end and hire me!

Why did I leave?

I have loved working for Ghost, and I still fully support Ghost in every way. It is an amazing application, and has a great, hard-working team building it! The community is also not-short of incredible.

 Confused?

You may be asking your self "why did you leave then?". The simple answer is that I had moved away from doing what I loved! I have a massive passion for building the Web, experimenting and learning new things. When my role at Ghost became the Head of User Satisfaction, I eventually lost that spark that I had always had. I was no-longer making sexy designs come alive, I was no-longer learning.

My days all smudged into one, and I lost all sense of a work-day cycle. This ultimately resulted in becoming exhausted and I lost all motivation. I had never felt like this before, and it's something I would never like to feel again.

As my good friend Robin Hawkes said;

Perhaps I'm crazy, but I'd rather be jobless and happy than in a job I don't enjoy because I feel like I have no other choice.

Wise words!

It's not all doom and gloom!

I had an amazing time working at Ghost, and I don't think I have ever learnt so much in so little time. The team behind Ghost is incredible, the amount of hard-work everyone puts in, the quality thats comes out, it really is something to inspire. If you haven't yet, you should check it out!

Personally, I will definitely miss working at Ghost! John and Hannah in-particular are incredibly inspirational people to work around. It's a weird (but great) feeling working with some of the best people in your industry day-in day-out!

Ghost, fortunately for me, is an open source project. This means I can still watch it grow, and even submit a few cheeky pull requests here and there! I will continue to use Ghost and keep in touch with the Ghost team. I also aim to still support and maintain the few open source projects / repositories I created to help Ghost users.

Onto the future!

As of the 1st February, I am officially available for work! I am not going to be taking any time off, just jumping straight in. So feel free to contact me and book up the hours!

What I'm looking for...

Currently, I'm looking for a job as a front-end developer. I will also be taking on freelance work whilst I'm searching - this may even become what I do full-time.

I'm willing to give my hand to anything front-end related. I'm not going to limit myself to one area or another, I love to experiment and learn! I have great experience building websites using standards-compliant pragmatic HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code.

What I'm looking to avoid...

My list of what I'm looking to do is extremely open. Therefore, I though it might be a lot easier to list the things I'm not interested in, so here goes;

  • Anything back-end related - it's just not my thing.
  • Large website designs - I enjoy designing, but much prefer to spend most of my time turning designs into a living and breathing piece of art.

 How can you get in touch?

The easiest was is to email me on matt@matthojo.co.uk, or get in touch via Twitter (@matt_hojo). I'm looking forward to hearing your ideas and working with you!