Hello. My name is Jason Hoffmann. That devilishly handsome fellow to the left is me. For the past few months, I have been acting as community manager for Make Tech Easier. That means if you’ve talked to us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+, you have talked to me. If that’s the case, it’s been excellent speaking with you. I promise, I won’t take too much of your time.
First, some background. I was first attracted to MTE because I am a geek. I often find that the bar of entry on most tech sites is much too low. Resources for beginners are great, but what about the power user? I needed a site that could help me do more than average while still being accessible. MTE did that for me.
I primarily work on a Mac, though I am writing this on a Windows machine quite comfortably. I also dual-booted Ubuntu onto my Macbook about a year ago when an excellent Lifehacker article on the subject was published. This suits my programming needs just fine, though I am an amateur at best. Professionally, I work as a video editor, sound engineer and web designer/developer. Needless to say my problems are numerous and hunting for unique and useable answers has become a bit of a passion for me.
This brings me to my next point. You. Most likely, you arrived at this site looking for answers. You have run down the list of everything you are supposed to do, but to no avail. You have scoured message boards for a direct and suitable answer only to come up short. Eventually, your journey led you to here. I think if you look around, you’ll find your answer. I hope that you do.
In my short time here, I have spoken to some of you. It’s been great to see the same faces pop up again and again. Thanks to users like Sopan Patil, Christopher Brazill, John Pyper, Paulo Pereria, Christopher Guillou and many, many others, the word about Make Tech Easier is getting out.
A real jaw-dropping moment for me was when I posted to Facebook for fans to help me spread the word. Instead of getting the empty silence I was expecting, we got several responses, comments and shares which not only bolstered our fan base, but also my confidence in MTE and our incredible readers.
I promised I wouldn’t drag on, so let me wrap this up. I just wanted to make sure to slip from behind the veil of anonymity and tell you all who I am, what I’m about and where I’m coming from.
But more importantly, I would like to thank you, the readers, for your ongoing support and for helping our site grow. MTE is approaching its 5 year anniversary soon, and it’s incredible to think of the ground the site has traversed. However, there is plenty of work to be done, plenty of questions to be answered.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me on any of our social media channels if you have a problem you can’t find the solution to, or something about MTE you think needs to be improved. My name’s Jason, but you can call me Jay if you like it better. Tweet at me, or post to Facebook or Google+ and I’ll make sure to do something about it.