Today, on a Very Special Standalone Sysadmin

So…over the past few days, I’ve told a lot of people about this, a lot of times, but for some reason, this seems to be the most difficult of the bunch…

This past Monday, I resigned my position as System Administrator at my company. My wife and I are moving back to Columbus, OH so that she can work from her home office, and we can be nearer to our friends and family.

As for me? Honestly, right now, I’m not sure. I’ve been a full time, 24×7 365 sysadmin for 6 years without too much of a break. That’s a long time. I don’t think I want to jump into anything too quickly.

Because I still care about my company a great deal, I don’t want anything to fall apart after I leave. I also want the company to continue to enjoy (at least) the level of service that I gave to them. For that reason, I’m staying on for a couple of months to help find my replacement.

This makes ‘right now’ a very interesting time for me. It’s been a long time since I’ve been so unsure about what life was going to be like. Since I let my company know, I’ve told some friends, and to my surprise, the single most frequent question people have asked has been whether I’m going to continue to write this blog.

I am a system administrator – I think like one, I act like one, and I have done nothing else for a long, long time. I’m not going to stop being interested in the same topics as you, and I’m not disappearing from the internet. I still feel like I have things to share, and I’m damned sure that I’m not out of opinions, so yes, I’m going to continue to blog here.

Actually, I’ve been thinking about spending a lot more time writing, once I unwind a bit. I enjoy it, I’ll have the time, and people seem to enjoy reading what I write, so maybe I’ll finally get to that whole book thing.

Until that time, though, I’ve got a couple of projects I need to finish at work. I want to leave the infrastructure in a better state than it is, so I’m going to be busy pushing through those changes.

As I mentioned, I’m also going to be looking for a replacement ‘me’ to wrangle this herd, so I’ll be posting a job description in the coming days.

I understand that you may have questions or concerns, so if that’s the case, drop me a comment or an email and I’ll try to alleviate them. Thanks!

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  • I wish you still continue to write as we love every post of your blog. Congrats? and Good luck

  • You’ve definitely earned a break, Matt. I can’t wait to see what shenanigans you get into next.

  • ChrisW

    Good luck, Matt!

    I have to say, I’m somewhat envious. My exists from previous jobs has always been for reasons beyond my control (redundancy) so I’ve never experianced being able to tie up all the loose ends, having a final look round the data center and all the other sentimental stuff I’d like to have done.

    Always forwards. :)

  • Matt –

    Good luck.


  • Scott Pack

    Learning to take time for yourself seems to be a virtually unknown lesson in the field. Definitely a gutsy move, and congratulations for making the hard call to take it.

    Welcome back to the Mid-West :)

  • Again….congrats!

    You’re like a folk hero. Songs and drinks will be named after your journey ;)


  • Matt,

    Best of luck! I’m sure you will do great with whatever endeavor you choose (or fall into!) next.


  • Good to hear you’re taking well-deserved time for yourself. Even better that you’ll still be around posting. You never know when you’ll have this opportunity again, although it does take getting used to not having a pager/cell strapped on your person…feels like you’re urgently missing something at first, until you realize you’re not missing anything at all.

    And that’s how it should be. Hope you enjoy every minute of it.

  • John McGrath


    Good luck on your next endevour!

    Thank you for all the help and insight that you have given me, and the rest of your audience here.


  • Ian


    A well deserved break. Good luck with whatever comes next. I’m interested to see if the next sys admin gig will be lone or if you’ll end up as part of a team. I know for myself and probably a bunch of us readers, the latter would be an adjustment.

  • Wow, Congrats Matt! It is an exciting time and I have no doubt you will be successful no matter what you choose to do. I’ve enjoyed, and hope to continue to read, your musings as a sysadmin here on your blog.

  • Good luck Matt.

  • Devin

    Wha..? You’re welcome to stop by and say hi when you get to Columbus.

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