I rarely write personal updates, but it feels like right now is a perfect time for one.
Many of you already know why I didn’t publish any new articles at BloggerJet in the last 6 months. But many still don’t.
So let me shed a little bit of light on what happened, as well as give you an idea of what will happen next.
Job at Ahrefs
A few months into 2015 I got approached by guys from Ahrefs, who were looking for some help with their content marketing.
I immediately agreed to jump in as I have always been a fan of their service and besides, I knew that the company was founded in Ukraine, which is my home country.
To cut the long story short, what started as freelance consulting ended up as a full time position, because we enjoyed working with each other a lot.
So what do I do at Ahrefs?
Tons of stuff actually:
- Brainstorm ideas for new tools & features;
- Manage their production (and announce them on our blog when released);
- Work on converting visitors to leads followed by neat onboarding experience;
- Record video tutorials for Ahrefs YouTube channel;
- Manage Ahrefs Blog and write articles for it;
- Help in hiring new guys to the team;
- Connect with authority people in the industry;
- …and quite often even talk to customers in our support chat.
These are just a few from the top of my head, but the picture is pretty clear I guess – I’m a “jack of all trades” here.
Moving to Singapore
Obviously there’s no way for me to be able to do all of the above while having 6 hour time difference with the rest of the team.
So I took my wife and we moved to Ahrefs’ headquarters in Singapore.
Here’s a fun picture of me taking a selfie at Marina Bay (while Ira is taking a selfie with me taking a selfie):
My description of Singapore in 3 words: warm, clean and hi-tech.
Ok, I’ll add a few more words I guess: it’s also super safe (cameras everywhere), with lots of great food (especially seafood) and very friendly people.
What’s Next For BloggerJet
As you can probably tell, the last six months of my life were pretty hectic and that is the reason why I didn’t publish a single article here at BloggerJet up until today.
But now I’ve settled all my issues and pretty much got used to the high pace at which guys at Ahrefs like to move.
So I plan to allocate a bit of time every week to write for BloggerJet and share my “lessons learned” with you.
I will continue to follow my “blogging philosophy“, which is:
Don’t write about marketing strategies that you have heard from someone. Only write about things that you have personally tried.
In these last 6 months with Ahrefs I have tried quite a bunch of different marketing tactics – some of them failed miserably, while others worked like a charm.
And the lessons that I’ve learned along the way are urging me to write about them here.
I don’t have a strict publishing schedule, so I recommend you to subscribe to BloggerJet using the email form below and you will never miss a post:
Growing the team
When you put a lot of your time and effort into creating something cool – it’s very hard to completely detach yourself from it later.
And it’s even harder to watch it stall.
I couldn’t let it happen to the awesome WordPress plugins that I have created: TweetDis and Content Upgrades PRO – which is why I found a partner, who is now completely responsible for both projects (with a fair share of my guidance of course).
So if you’re using any of my plugins – there’s nothing to worry about. My partner Nick will keep updating them with awesome new features that we have brainstormed together.
And we have also hired a new girl to help us with support requests – the customer base keeps growing all the time and we needed more people to keep up with the volume of emails we get.
That’s it for the “personal update” I guess.
Nothing fancy, just a kind of “introductory post” to get things going.
I have a few great article ideas in works, so make sure you are subscribed to BloggerJet and I’ll see you soon!