Today is my last day at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). It’s been an amazing experience working there for the past almost-a-decade (9 years and 6 months). In the time-honoredÂ tradition ofÂ reflecting on your last job as you leave it, I thought I’d jot down a few thoughts. It’s hard to know what to sayâ€¦ building Web standardsÂ has been so much of my identity, so central to how I approached the world, for so long, that it’s hard to unpack it all.
It’s pretty common for people leaving the W3C Team (as we call W3C staff) to take a negative attitude toward W3C. That’s fair; it’s a politicalÂ atmosphere, and most of us pour ourselves into the importance of the mission, so we accumulateÂ a strongÂ emotional charge, and leaving releases that potential energy.Â There’s also the frustration of living inÂ the bureaucracy (and sometimes inertia) that comes from painstakingÂ stewardship, and wishing it could work better.Â But I’m making a conscious effort to focus also on the positive aspects of W3Câ€¦ not just what it’s doing wrong, but how well it’s doing many things. And there’s a lot of good there, more good than bad.
For me, there’s also the regret of things left undone.
But it’s always left undone. It’s time to turn the page.