This is my last full day as the Managing Editor of Fabbaloo.
Working in a new industry requires leaps of faith. I took my first in 2014 when I pursued a job from a posting I found from a Floridian Craig’s List ad; if that doesn’t say “leap of faith,” I don’t know what possibly could. That was my entry point into the 3D printing industry, when I took a job as an editor/writer at 3DPrint.com, where within a year I became the Editor-in-Chief. When I decided in 2018 to leave that site, I took my next leap, and it was also huge: I created a wholly new company. In founding Additive Integrity LLC, I wanted to focus on the integrity of both additive manufacturing and quality content. My primary client since establishing my company has been Fabbaloo, where I have been the Managing Editor since August 2018.
Over this time, we’ve seen some major growth and changes. Fabbaloo was already more than a decade old when I joined, and has continued to evolve under fearless leader Kerry Stevenson.
Working with Kerry on the editorial side and with Marney Stapley, our VP of Business Development, on the business end has been a dream. Value alignment, dedication to quality, and a deep vested interest in the sustainable growth of advanced technologies brought us together and have made this my dream team for three years.
We’ve marked some pretty cool milestones together. For example, Fabbaloo surpassed 10,000 published articles last summer. In late 2019, I became a bioprinter. We’ve been to international events together — and have weathered a pandemic as a team, regularly keeping up virtually between my Cleveland and Kerry and Marney’s Winnipeg, as well as keeping in touch with the industry.
For everything, though, there is a season.
Sometimes we choose the seasons, and sometimes they’re inevitable. Just as the Stark family of Winterfell liked to remind everyone (before a truly terrible final season) that Winter Is Coming, we all keep in mind that there’s always change ahead.
And so it’s a time for change.
There’s never been a question of the team’s and my dedication to working together, but the reality is that it’s time for us to go our day-to-day separate ways. There’s every chance my byline will appear on these pages again in the future, covering US-based or even international events, or for other guest appearances.
So while I’ll no longer be heading our daily editorial operations here at Fabbaloo, I’m not gone — from either the team or, especially, the 3D printing industry.
I do have a major new undertaking already underway as the Director of DEI Initiatives at Women in 3D Printing.
I also have some other potential opportunities in the works, and am taking my next leap(s) of faith in additive manufacturing.
I’m sure I’ll see you (or virtually “see” you) soon, 3D printing world. Let’s keep in touch.
In the meantime, I can recommend an excellent 3D printing resource that will remain devoted to keeping you up to date on all the latest this fine industry has to offer.