Ch-ch-ch-changes! April 17, 2022 11:25 AM   Subscribe

Hey MetaFilter! I have some happy/sad news: I’ve taken another job! I will still be around here, but professionally I’ll be moving on.

When we went through the GDPR & CCPA compliance process in 2020/2021, I realized that I actually loved the work. With all of my kids in school full-time as of this year, I started to feel like a traditional 9-to-5 would be better for my family – when my kids were littler, it was great that I was free during the day and working in the evening! But now that my oldest is about to start high school and my youngest is in kindergarten, they have all these after-school activities and things, and my schedule is opposite theirs. I talked with the MeFi staff about it around Thanksgiving last year and began doing some professional training in privacy & compliance, and opened my job search in January of this year with the team cheering me on. (It's a great feeling to have coworkers who support you in a job search; no sneaking around interviewing on the down-low!)

And after some searching to find the right place to be, I have accepted a new role that I begin in May. It’s pretty corporate, which will be a big change for me!, but they’re very flexible about remote work and family commitments. It also has a big emphasis on learning new things and cross-training in different roles, which will be a great fit for me personally. I’m really excited to begin a new chapter.

I will still be hanging out here! And I’ll be moderating on weekends for a while, and subbing from time to time when coverage is needed. My departure’s been in the works for a little while longer than cortex’s; it’s just coincidence that I happened to accept a job shortly after he made his decision, and we’re both working to make sure the transition is smooth!

So I'll say this to you, my friends, with all the love in my heart and all the wisdom of the universe: Take it sleazy.
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) to MetaFilter-Related at 11:25 AM (56 comments total) 49 users marked this as a favorite

Congratulations!
posted by Dip Flash at 11:40 AM on April 17 [5 favorites]


Endings and new beginnings. Congratulations!
posted by rjs at 11:46 AM on April 17


best wishes on your new adventures. safe travels.
posted by Ahmad Khani at 11:56 AM on April 17


Congratulations, EM!
posted by mochapickle at 11:59 AM on April 17 [2 favorites]


Best wishes.
posted by y2karl at 12:09 PM on April 17


Congrats, EM, and thanks for all your work here over the years. I know the rest of the mod team will miss having your perspective and eye for detail and organization in the mix; I'm glad to know we'll both still be dinking around on the site.

There has been such an everything-all-at-once feel to things this Spring so far, but I know finding your way to this has been a long time coming, and I'm so very glad it has lined up to give you new opportunities for professional growth, as well as a greater degree of financial stability that matters so much for someone raising a passel of kids.

Thanks again for being here. Smell ya later.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:26 PM on April 17 [12 favorites]


Congratulations EM, and glad to hear that you will still be around.
posted by rpfields at 12:40 PM on April 17


Eyebrows! Congratulations!

Your excellent opportunity is our loss, but I'm truly delighted that you'll be around modding on occasion as well as being here in a non-mod capacity - the comments you post about your various areas of expertise (religion, local politics, motherhood) are some of my very favorite things on MetaFilter.

I'm so glad you've had supportive colleagues during the transition, and I hope the new place treats you fabulously and respectfully.

( ... your oldest is about to start HIGH SCHOOL? I'm sorry, that's unpossible.)

Truly, I'm so happy for you! Huge congratulations on landing a well-earned new job that can make excellent use of your many talents!
posted by kristi at 12:41 PM on April 17 [10 favorites]


"( ... your oldest is about to start HIGH SCHOOL? I'm sorry, that's unpossible.)"

OH I KNOW, I find it very distressing! He's also about to be taller than me, like probably later this month.
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 12:44 PM on April 17 [4 favorites]


Awesome! I'm jelly. This is something I'm interested in too; I've had the CIPP cert since around the time it was introduced, but it's been tricky to drum up business. I hope the adjustment is swift and you keep enjoying the work! Thanks for all your effort here over the years.
posted by snuffleupagus at 1:15 PM on April 17


Glad that you have found a new career that better meets the needs of your family, but sorry to lose you as a full-time mod. You've been great.
posted by apartment dweller at 2:16 PM on April 17 [2 favorites]


I love the sensibility behind your comments, and the breadth of knowledge you bring to participating here -- so, selfishly, I am glad we aren't losing you entirely!

As for the compliance work: if that's your bag then enjoy it. :7)
posted by wenestvedt at 2:36 PM on April 17 [3 favorites]


God speed EM.
posted by clavdivs at 3:08 PM on April 17


Congratulations, Eyebrows! Thank you for your many years helping to keep this place running. Good luck on the new job!
posted by bondcliff at 3:10 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]


Congratulations!
posted by Lyn Never at 4:00 PM on April 17


So glad to see this!
posted by grouse at 4:00 PM on April 17 [4 favorites]


Best wishes! I’m not a lawyer but I had fun in the compliance world. Totally get it.
posted by michaelh at 4:00 PM on April 17


Congratulations and thank you for what you have done here!
posted by spitbull at 4:11 PM on April 17


Thank you for everything, and enjoy your next adventure!
posted by blurker at 4:46 PM on April 17


Mazel tov!
posted by briank at 5:32 PM on April 17


Congratulations!!!
posted by annieb at 5:54 PM on April 17


Congrats! This makes me quite happy.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 5:59 PM on April 17 [2 favorites]


Congrats, Eyebrows! Privacy and compliance is super interesting, and with new regulations going into effect across the US and the world, there's no shortage of need for experts in it. So glad you found your groove.
posted by radioamy at 6:35 PM on April 17 [2 favorites]


Congratulations! 👏🎉
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 7:19 PM on April 17


Godspeed.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 8:33 PM on April 17


I appreciate the modding, and I'm glad you're still going to be around! Congrats on finding the next great thing!
posted by biogeo at 10:24 PM on April 17


I'm happy for you and wish you well, also appreciate very much what you've brought to the site. Glad you're not leaving completely, thank you very much for the great job!
posted by blue shadows at 10:47 PM on April 17


Congratulations and best wishes for the new job, you will be missed here!
posted by ellieBOA at 12:57 AM on April 18


Thank you for your service, enjoy your new job, and happy to hear you will still be around to tell us about various legal, religious, and intertwined topics. Congrats!
posted by Bella Donna at 5:16 AM on April 18 [1 favorite]


Congratulations, and best wishes on this next step.
posted by lazaruslong at 5:52 AM on April 18


Congratulations & good luck!
posted by thomas j wise at 7:13 AM on April 18


Congratulations!
posted by introp at 8:02 AM on April 18


Congrats!
Don't be a stranger!
posted by From Bklyn at 8:23 AM on April 18


Congrats, EM!
posted by zamboni at 8:58 AM on April 18


Congrats on the job! New chapters are really exciting and it's great you've got space to learn and grow. I'm sure I'm speaking for many when I say thank you for all the work you've put in on MetaFilter and hope to still get to read those long comments. :)
posted by warriorqueen at 9:20 AM on April 18


It's awesome to hear you'll be taking a job that you're sure to love and find fulfilling. I'm equally happy to hear you'll still be lending your voice to subjects you're passionate about here; I've learned so much from you over the years! (I never thank you for that, so thank you very much!) Congratulations, EM, and I wish you the very best in your next role and beyond.
::Never stop learning and growing::
posted by heyho at 9:41 AM on April 18 [3 favorites]


Oh, congratulations! Yours is a voice I have cherished here and I'm glad the community won't be losing you entirely.
posted by eirias at 11:34 AM on April 18


Congrats!
posted by mundo at 11:41 AM on April 18


So long, and thanks for all the fish! Which I am glad to know you'll still be around to tell us about for funsies. Congrats and wished for only happiness and fulfillment going forward!
posted by ApathyGirl at 12:01 PM on April 18


Congratulations and I hope you'll still find time to post here! Your contributions are among my favorites!
posted by amanda at 12:02 PM on April 18


I am so very thrilled to the core to hear that you've discovered a professional passion and have found a place to practice it and thrive! You are one of a kind and I appreciate you so much.
posted by Liesl at 12:02 PM on April 18


Congratulations, EM and best of luck in your new position. Glad to know you'll still hang with us from time to time as I've enjoyed your participation here very much!
posted by Lynsey at 2:40 PM on April 18


Boss! I am so excited for you!
posted by rrrrrrrrrt at 2:41 PM on April 18


Your user name has always been one of my favorite things ever, so I'm glad to hear we'll still get to see it around. Congrats on your new position!!
posted by kitten kaboodle at 3:14 PM on April 18


Way to go Eyebrows!
posted by aspersioncast at 3:26 PM on April 18


Cheers, that sounds like a great change of pace for you!
posted by the primroses were over at 4:29 PM on April 18


I missed you after The Consumerist folded and have been delighted that you have been so present here, Congrats on the career change and don't be a stranger.
posted by a humble nudibranch at 8:18 PM on April 18


Love you, EM, and so happy for you.
posted by taz (staff) at 12:35 AM on April 19 [1 favorite]


Congrats and best wishes! We'll miss you. (Or perhaps we'll not actually miss you because the time you spend here will be recreational rather than while on duty.) Cheers!
posted by eotvos at 12:34 PM on April 19


It IS sad news, but the best kind if you're off to do something you're reality interested in and love. Speaking as a user, you've been a huge asset over the years as a mod and fellow member. I wish you nothing but the best and look forward to you still being these parts in whatever capacity you can!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:20 AM on April 20


I'm thrilled for you! It's exciting to find a compelling new professional direction and I hope the new gig/specialization exceeds your expectations. Don't be a stranger!
posted by carmicha at 8:41 AM on April 21


Your new job sounds amazing and I am very glad we will also still be seeing you around here.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 11:43 AM on April 21


Hooray! Congratulations! So excited for you.
posted by tangerine at 7:43 PM on April 21


Congratulations EM. I'm very thankful for your presence on Metafilter.
posted by Alex404 at 10:20 PM on April 23


Congratulations and good luck! I've always enjoyed your comments and learned a lot from them too, so I'm glad you'll still be participating on the site but I have to say I'll miss you as a mod. Nevertheless, I wish you all the best in your new job!
posted by Quietgal at 8:24 AM on April 25


I discovered this just now! I'm happy that you will still be around, Eyebrows, and I wish you the best of luck in your new job.
posted by Harald74 at 1:48 AM on April 27


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