10 Years a Reclaimer

I have a longer post I want to write about Reclaim Hosting at what seems an inflection point for the company. I’ll use that to get a bit more indulgent about the where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are heading. But for this post I just want to take a moment to acknowledge that as of today Reclaim Hosting is the only place I have ever worked for ten years, just barely beating out UMW a couple of months back.

In many ways I consider myself first and foremost an employee of Reclaim: I still answer tickets; I still make sales; I still do edtech work; I still do talks on occasion; and most importantly I still enjoy all of it. But I don’t know exactly why? I have seen much better people than me burn out, but maybe it’s because I’m equal parts stupid and stubborn: I love a simple routine, and Reclaim has provided a stable, drama-free work life that has afforded me just that—with the added bonus of living in a foreign land. Plus, given I never truly stop working, running my own company makes good sense and it removed the pointless railing against a boss which may have even made me somehow more productive.

10 Years at Reclaim is, indeed, a lot of good work, and I am proud of pretty much all of it. It’s a landmark for the company on many levels, but today I’m just one of the employees that make it work. And, I must say, it has been very, very good to me. I truly love Reclaim Hosting for not only providing a human alternative to the faceless tech conglomerates, but also because it has been a great place to work amongst amazing people for the last decade, thanks Reclaim!

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3 Responses to 10 Years a Reclaimer

  1. Are you the Steve Albini of edtech?

    • Seriously though, 10 years is an incredible achievement on a number of levels and to still feel joy and enthusiasm for it – priceless.

    • Reverend says:

      Regarding Albini, one can dream, but I have always thought of Reclaim Hosting as the Dischord Records of edtech, which makes me happy. As for the work, I think in the end I really found a happy niche with edtech and an eclectic mix of searchers that I really enjoy working alongside, so a lot of my happiness rests as much in the tinkering as it does in the community.

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