Away from Keyboard

Away from Keyboard
Exploring the human side of creative work (retired). Host Timothy Smith talks with creative professionals from different industries about the nitty gritty: life, mistakes, burnout, and finding balance while creating satisfying work.

Laura Gaetano doesn’t want to be a manager
Jan 30 • 31 min
Laura Gaetano was born in Italy, and by my count has lived in at least four different countries. Her multicultural upbringing has had a huge impact on her life. In fact, she currently works at the Travis Foundation with a focus on diversity and inclusion.…
Adam Clark wants to be independently wealthy
Jan 16 • 27 min
Adam Clark and I met back in 2013. We started a podcasting company together (which we both left), he shut down his consulting business to move to California and work for Apple, and now he’s back in Tennessee. Last year he launched a new business, Podcast…
Maria Boland Ploessl found her home in technology
Dec 20, 2018 • 24 min
In our last episode of the year, I talk with Maria Boland Ploessl. Maria’s path to technology has been interesting to say the least. A Saint Paul native, she studied Spanish and Latin American studies in college. In 2016, after living in a few different…
Jeremy Fuksa is a unicorn
Dec 5, 2018 • 31 min
Jeremy Fuksa has had a rough few years. After deciding to go out on his own, his third year in business was filled with anxiety. Going back to working a full-time job may sound like a failure to some, but Jeremy doesn’t look at it that way. He talks to me…
New episodes coming in December!
Nov 19, 2018 • 1 min
There hasn’t been a new episode in a few weeks so I wanted to give you a small update. We’ll be back with new episodes on December 4th.
Eryn O’Neil isn’t afraid to speak her mind
Oct 10, 2018 • 31 min
Eryn O’Neil grew up in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago. When it came time for college, it was easy for her to move a few states over and go to college in a small town in Iowa. She now lives in Minneapolis, and after years of being self-employed, she…
Suz Hinton says find your allies
Sep 26, 2018 • 28 min
Almost eight years ago, Suz Hinton made one of the biggest decisions of her life: move away from her home in Melbourne, Australia and move to the United States. After amicably breaking up with her boyfriend, another decision lied ahead: would she stay?…
Mahdi Yusuf knows being healthy is a constant struggle
Sep 6, 2018 • 16 min
Mahdi Yusuf worked a startup in his twenties and wasn’t worried too much about his health. When he quit that job, he decided to take better care of himself and lost fifty pounds. Now, he’s the CTO of Gyroscope, a startup that aims to be the operating…
Justin Dorfman’s passion is advocating for developers
Aug 29, 2018 • 18 min
After a very difficult 2014 that put Justin Dorfman in the hospital, he vowed to never go back. Justin has Bipolar I disorder, so coming to terms with his limitations and the sacrifices he needs to make to stay healthy hasn’t been easy. He talks to me…
Jeff Robbins is an actual rockstar
Aug 8, 2018 • 31 min
While some dream of having a successful career, Jeff Robbins has already had several. Once the lead singer and guitarist for Orbit, Jeff has worked on some of the most famous Drupal websites. He talks to me about his early interest in computers, starting…
Ashley Baxter is excited about… insurance?
Aug 1, 2018 • 27 min
Thirteen years ago, Ashley Baxter inherited the family insurance business when her Dad passed away. Even though she’s a talented photographer, and built a successful photography business, the insurance industry kept calling her name. Ashley talks about…
Away at OSCON
Jul 25, 2018 • 0 min
Hello everyone! No new episode this week, since I was away at OSCON last week in Portland. We had a fantastic time. The show will be back with new episodes next Wednesday!
Justin Jackson finds focus
Jul 18, 2018 • 27 min
I first heard of Justin Jackson about six years ago. Back then, he was consulting full-time for a company with the dream of going independent. Fast forward to 2018, and after building a successful business, he’s now embarking on a new adventure. Justin…
Jason Snell is his own HR person
Jul 11, 2018 • 23 min
It’s been four years since Jason Snell left his job at Macworld and started his own site Six Colors. In that time, Jason is back to what he loves: creating. He talks about the diversity of his work day, finding the right mix of revenue streams, and taking…
Welcome to Away from Keyboard
Jul 10, 2018 • 2 min
Away from Keyboard is a new show from Changelog that talks to creative professionals about how they do what they do, where they started, and how they deal with the things that make us all humans. As exciting as our work can sometimes be, we all face…