New endeavors for 2014

Fozzie OsbourneThe first few months of 2014 have produced a number of changes here.

Starting on Feb. 10, 2014, I started a new part-time job as assistant editor for Virginia Tech Magazine, a quarterly publication with circulation of about 200,000 that is aimed at alumni and friends of VT.

Disclosure-wise, this means that moving forward I will not be covering any stories directly involving Virginia Tech. Stories with less direct involvement will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. I’ll use this site & blog for disclosures as they come up.

The shift on Feb. 10 also meant the end of my work as a full-time staffer at SustainFloyd. I continued to work several hours per week through Friday, Feb. 28, but any future work for SF will happen only on an ad hoc basis.

This same time period saw other news for my family. We spent the fall and winter acquiring a small herd of dairy goats and starting this month have been milking on a daily basis. My wife started making cheese this week, with the intention of spending 2014 developing recipes and building a base of supporters with the hopes of eventually building the infrastructure required by VDACS to become a small farmstead cheese maker.

You can follow news about our goat herd and this new business, called Thickety Springs Farmstead, on its Facebook page or on my informal Tumblr page (note: The Tumblr account is my personal one and includes additional content as well as the farm-related photos & media).

Finally, the freelance business is slowly growing. I picked up two new clients so far in 2014. Look for more on that here on the blog and on my Twitter stream as those stories are published.