Stepping back from Web Directions

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  • October 17, 2014
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Goodbyes are hard. I even need to avert my gaze when I walk through that departure gate at the international airport, where all the sad goodbyes take place, lest my eyes water. But they are also some of the few opportunities we get in life to really acknowledge the things that are important. So, here goes!

This next Web Directions, in just a couple of weeks time, will be my last in a hands-on capacity. It’s been an amazing and rewarding ten year journey, and I’m so proud of all the things that we have contributed to in that time, in particular

  • those who have been inspired by our events to start businesses, form partnerships, change careers
  • so many speakers who have risen to the occasion of their first big presentation, on the Web Directions stage
  • the hundreds of hours of videos and podcasts we have been able to share with a worldwide audience, not just those who can come along to our events
  • our efforts to create events for people who work on the web that are inclusive, welcoming, inspirational and fun

I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to every one of the several hundred speakers who have given their time so generously, as well as to everyone who has ever supported us by attending our events, because without the enthusiasm of those two forces coming together, Web Directions would be a much more humble affair.

But the biggest thank you of all needs to go to my business partner through all these years, John Allsopp, whose passion for all things Web, and for the Australian Web industry in particular, knows no bounds and cannot be resisted. John’s tireless work, and endless font of new ideas, is something unique and I really do believe we all owe him a debt of gratitude. It’s so reassuring to know that a business I have put so much of myself into will be in the hands of a good shepherd like John.

What’s next? Well, in the short term, a genuine stepping back is on the cards. I have this strong feeling that there may in fact be viable life far from the Web and the screen and would like to find out if this is in fact the case. Stay tuned, I’m sure I’ll be reporting back from the wilderness soon :)

13 responses to “Stepping back from Web Directions”:

    • By: Adam A
    • October 17th, 2014

    Thanks for giving us many wonderful events over the years. You will be missed.

  1. Our meet up would be nothing with out you, we’ll miss you HEAPS!!!!

  2. Thanks for all the work you’ve done over the years Maxine. Web Directions has always been an absolutely sensational conference. It helped push the web forward, that’s for sure. My career in the web definitely took off thanks to both the inspiration and socialising which arose from the first WDS conference I attended. Thank you.

    Will we still see you at the conferences? I really hope so.

    • By: oliverw
    • October 17th, 2014

    Thanks for all your great hard work over the years Maxine and all the best for the next adventure!

  3. Thank you, not only for the hard work you’ve done with WD, but being an incredibly approachable and down to earth person to speak with. The impact of your work will live on in every person whose ever attended one of the conferences you’ve worked tirelessly to bring us, I look forward to seeing what you do next!

  4. Thanks so much for the past 10 years, Maxine! Your hard work to pull it all together, to deal with the challenges so elegantly and to grow the Australian web scene in the many marvellous ways you have has been an inspiration to behold and be a part of. We’ll see you at one of the upcoming WD parties no doubt, and of course around in future, but you’ll be missed!

  5. Nooooooooooooooooooo

    Thanks for all your hard work over the years Maxine. It’s just not going to be the same without you!

    • By: Mike
    • October 17th, 2014

    Good luck, Maxine – you will be missed! I hope to still see you around the traps.

    • By: Ben May
    • October 19th, 2014

    Best of luck with everything Maxine. When I finished high school and started working in the web, WD was the first event and introduction to the great community I think you and John have helped cultivate in Australia.

    • By: Benson
    • October 20th, 2014

    Thanks Maxine for all the amazing effort and years of leading the line with John for Australia’s web direction, literally!

    As I can’t make it to this year’s event, please ping on Twitter whenever you’re in Melbourne. I’ll love to buy you a drink or two :)

  6. Thanks from Ignite Sydney for all your support over the years! And see you soon x

    • By: Donna Spencer
    • October 24th, 2014

    Wow! Good luck with whatever is next for you; and well done for all you have done with WD :)

  7. We’ll miss you Maxine!