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Podcast: Side Projects

Russell:

Welcome to the Lighthouse Podcast. I’m Russell.

Christy:

I’m Christy.

Russell:

We don’t have Dan and Tom because we’re upgrading the podcasts. We’ve got in some new interesting people to talk, throw out all the old rubbish is probably a nice way of putting it.

Christy:

Wow.

Russell:

Out with the boring, in with the cool. I think one of the first things we should talk about is side projects. I guess big thing in the web industry is that most people at some point will start working on a side project. Personally, I’m doing my third incomplete side project.

Christy:

Right, right. Why’d you find yourself doing side projects?

Russell:

I feel like a lot of people in web love being in web and love doing what they do in web. Sometimes you can’t do the love bit, the passionate stuff in client work. I guess that leaves you a little bit like, “Ooh, but I kind of want to do my own thing.” Because when you’re constantly doing stuff based on feedback and things become the result of feedback, you don’t really have complete freedom on stuff. Probably that’s why a lot of people do side projects.
Also, you’re working with other people in the industry, which is a lot of fun. Maybe not just people in your company but just anybody.

Christy:

I get that.

Russell:

We worked on this side project for probably on and off for about a year or so.

Christy:

With me abroad, and it was very sporadic.

Russell:

You were abroad for some of it. It was sporadic.

Christy:

It was an interesting work ethic.