Ars Technica, Ars Longa

I'm extremely pleased to note that I've signed on as a regular contributor to Ars Technica. I'll be working on a contract basis to produce a continuous flow of articles, blog posts, and other items each month. Ars Technica will get a hunk of my time, similar to my relationship with TidBITS, where I program, write, and help with long-term planning.Joining Ars--even though I'm technically working as a contract writer, not an employee--means essentially the end of a freelance life I've been living for about 12 years. I'll still be writing some for other publications, but I'll spend the vast majority of my time not pitching. TidBITS, Ars Technica, my own Wi-Fi Networking News and isbn.nu, the weekly tech segments on KUOW-FM, and my monthly Seattle Times column will be about all I do. (I've given up the blog at PC World, but that wasn't on bad terms; what they precisely needed from me wasn't precisely what I wanted to spend my time doing, but it was a great few months.) I'll still write occasionally for other publications--I have two or three articles of varying lengths due in October already, for instance--but I won't be out there on the street saying, "Hey, mister, I can get you an article fast--any length! But it'll cost ya." Ars Technica has a lengthy history of providing superb, measured, exhaustive coverage of technical matters. Its writers aren't just subject-matter experts and good reporters; they and the editorial management tend to eschew the kind of screaming headlines that characterize some parts of the technology journalism world. It's a funny transition. It's not a job, per se; I don't typically like being an employee, as I prefer to have the flexibility to do work as I see fit in a manner I choose, mixing other peoples' projects with my own so that I avoid boredom and keep up to date on pretty much everything I can in the industries I follow. But it's a big change in that I'll have a variety of things I need to do every day and week. Predictability t'ain't such a bad thing on a day that the Dow loses several percentage points.