Joined: Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:10 pm Posts: 1241 Location: South SL,UT
Hey Chris sorry to hear of the unwelcome change, I know you'll do well where ever your path leads... I think its fair to say the majority of the current splitboard market owes you a debt of gratitude (don't make me name, names)... Here's hoping one or more of those who have stood on the shoulders of your work will do the right thing and return the favor... Give this man a gig!
Joined: Wed May 05, 2010 11:08 am Posts: 93 Location: Calgary
Sorry to hear of the job loss Chris, even in times of life change, its always hard to "lose" a job - it looks like you're taking the right approach and turning it into a personal positive by focusing on this rad site. lucky us!
A good friend of mine has run a very successful MTB site as his sole job for well over 10 years so niche communities definitely have the power to put food on the table. As mentioned, a strong support group at home is key and based on your posts over the past few years it seems like you have a granite foundation at home.
Slitboard.com is a site I have and continue to visit every day I have access to a computer (aka not in the mountains) and it has provided me with exactly the type if info and inspiration to get out and get after it in the mountains. Seeing the TR's and other info here also helped speed up the process for me to finally pack up and move west for good.
This site is the only site I really care to visit, it gets me through the work week. You can dork out, talk shit, share stoke all in a fun environment with guys who share the same passion as you. Let's face it were not skiers and while we love snowboarding for all it is, were over the snowboard scene and what it's become. Our perspective is different from those other guys and it's nice to have a place dedicated to us. Thanks Chris for your hard work and good luck.
Joined: Wed Mar 09, 2005 4:15 pm Posts: 2451 Location: san diego CA
Why limit yourself to two choices? In the cubical or full time webmaster? I dont know how many man hours you spend keeping the site up, but I would look into other forms of income from home while running this site.
At home computer set up and teaching- you know a lot about the digital world, media ect. You should be able to pick up some income by helping out newbies on their Mac or PC. Lots of people will pay for FCP editing tutors , photoshop ect. Put up an add on Craigslist and go for it
real estate license -
yeah, I know the market is in the tank right now, but it will come back someday and a part time agent can make good money during good and bad times
you go out into the mountains, its pretty. Buy yourself a great camera and start shooting.
look for all kinds of small niche things you can do. You would be supprised at how much money you can make. I know a person who makes a fair living by driving seniors around. To the doctor, shopping ect.
summertime- mowing buy a flat bed and a rider , dont go after yards, just big lots and open acres .
firewood--chain saw, truck delivery. hard work but enjoyable
being around for your kids all the time is a huge plus . Just remeber to plan for when your old. Social security , 401K or something, just make sure you put a bit away so you dont have to grind it out when your 80