By Matthew Magain

Where Is Your Passion?

By Matthew Magain

There are two types of people in this world: those who are passionate about the Web, and those who are not.

Those in the first group strongly believe that the Web is more than just a tool for sharing photos and paying bills—but exactly why they feel so passionately about this varies …

The Romantic

Some people have a romantic notion that the Web is the ultimate medium for communication. The romantic holds dearly the values instilled in the W3C—that information on the Web be [source]:

available to all people, whatever their hardware, software, network infrastructure, native language, culture, geographical location, or physical or mental ability.

It’s one thing to agree with this statement, but it’s another to believe in it religiously. I’m lucky enough to count among my friends several people who fit into this group. These people exude an energy that is incalculable: at user group meetings and conferences people hover around them to hear what they have to say. Romantics of this caliber are influential, driven, and inspiring.

The Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs love the Web because it levels the playing field. A young, two-person company can create a web presence that is more impressive and looks more professional than an established, multi-national corporation.

I Heart WWWEntrepreneurs continually invent new ways to make money on the Web. The potential audience for an online business venture is global, and web entrepreneurs have the ability to recognize and capitalize on this fact. Only on the Web can a business go from being worth almost nothing to being sold for billions of dollars in only a few short years, and the entrepreneurs are the ones who risk everything to make that happen.

The Technologist

By its nature the Web encourages collaboration and innovation. Open source success stories like Apache, Firefox and Linux all testify to the fact that a community-driven effort can produce amazing results.

I love the way that techies who are passionate about developing for the Web, regardless of the language they use, constantly aim to improve themselves. There are more blogs about PHP than there are about gardening, sailing and parenting combined (source: Technorati). People share new tips that they’ve learned; they build on the ideas of others; and the industry keeps moving forward as a result.

The Generalist

Generalists have their fingers in several pies. They are both creative and technical. Generalists can write server-side code, client-side code, and design something pretty; they are quick learners and are incredibly adaptable.

Generalists demand variety in their job to stay motivated—an environment where they can alternate between left- and right-brain tasks is what provides them with job satisfaction.

This category is where I consider myself to fall—my software development background means that I’ll always be intrigued by things technical, but the artist within feels cramped if I’m not doing something creative. The Web is the one medium where I get to do both; my current job lets me do all that and educate others at the same time through the books, articles and blogs that we publish.

Where Do You Fit In?

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Are you one of the above breeds, or do you know someone who is?

SitePoint is looking to hire people who, like us, are passionate about the Web. You may recognize yourself as fitting into one of the above categories, or maybe all of them (although chances are that if you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve probably got your own plans).

Specifically, though, we’re trying to fill the position of Technical Editor, so we’re looking for solid technical skills. The job is based out of our office in Melbourne, Australia. You can read more about the position, and apply online. It’s the exact same role that I have—working on books, articles and other internal projects. I find it stimulating, challenging, and rewarding, and the work environment is a lot of fun.

Oh, and if you successfully refer someone via our online referral form, we’ll give you a MacBook Pro to say thanks.

What Did You Say? A Free MacBook Pro?

That’s right. Passionate, talented people are hard to find, so we’re prepared to make it worth your while. Again. As we’ve done in the past, feel free to refer your friend: if we hire them, we’ll happily send you a shiny new MacBook Pro for your trouble. Refer yourself, and you’ll be eligible for the computer and a great job. Yes this is for real.

So, where’s your passion? We’re itching to hear from you!

  • Arawn

    The “Generalist” sounds like an INTP (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) which make up about 1% of the population. It’s about like trying to find a needle in a haystack, except the needle probably wants to be found, can’t say the same thing about the INTP.

  • malikyte

    I’ve been identified by INTJ under the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, though I feel I fit in more with the Generalist category within this niche. These things are much like a ROI where values can be manipulated and circumstances can prove differing results.

  • Arawn

    These things are much like a ROI where values can be manipulated and circumstances can prove differing results.

    So true, just taking the MBTI can throw off the results – did mine anyway. The INTJ’s are just as rare as INTP’s. Good luck finding that needle.

  • ramone_johnny

    Im definitely an Entrepreneur. Well Id like to think so anyway. With 3 sites already up and another on the way, as well as 16 hour days programming and reading about marketing and checking my paypal account – I quite simply couldnt be happier!


  • K

    I’ve done many personality indicators including Myers-Briggs and yes, they are interesting…but my question is where is the subject where a person is pasionate about CONTENT? Most people don’t, now I’m saying most – go to websites for no reason, they are looking for something…so the content needs to be there or they will hit the back button. This really needs to become a bigger issue in the industry!

  • It’s about like trying to find a needle in a haystack

    Just to be clear, we’re not specifically looking for a generalist — if someone came to us with strong server-side skills but who was rusty on the client-side and whose graphic design skills were awful, they might still be a good candidate. Of course, the role requires you to be a quick learner and to be flexible, so we’d expect that they’d be able to get their head around the relevant client-side technologies pretty quickly. We’ve had a good strike rate filling this role in the past, and have a solid team in place that the successful candidate will be joining.

    It’s also worth noting that while finding someone local is preferable, we’re certainly open to hiring someone from other parts of Australia or overseas, if it was the right person and they were prepared to move to Melbourne. We’ve made several interstate hires, and a couple of international hires, to date.

    where is the subject where a person is pasionate about CONTENT? … the content needs to be there or they will hit the back button

    That’s a pretty broad topic to be passionate about. I agree, content is king, and quality writing always stands out (it was this issue of ALA that inspired the approach I took in this blog post, in fact). But being able to make your content findable and being able to write well are two very different skill sets.

    That said, the categories I’ve listed above are based on my opinion only. You might believe there are other categories of people who are passionate about the Web (The Creative comes to mind, for instance, but I decided to keep the list short).

  • Technologist.

    I have never “just surfed” the web, and I don’t use it to play games; to me, a computer is an appliance.

    I use my “appliance” to pay bills, book airline tickets and rental cars, communicate with friends and family, shop for items that are either hard to find or I can’t be bothered shopping for in person, and, of course, earn a living (I am a web developer by trade, so I also use my computer as a research tool).


  • cre8ive 1

    You will find the needle if you LISTEN and watch many needles within many haystacks. They are everywhere waiting to prick something. Im sure most get get identified as hay instead of needles and end up falling between the cracks, unfortunately.

  • They are everywhere waiting to prick something

    Whoah, that’s one metaphor that’s just been stretched a little too far.

  • Needles, haystacks ….what does that even mean?????

  • Wolf_22

    I’m just trying to figure out the reason for this post…

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