Thank you, Jean MacDonald

It’s hard to believe it has been seven years since Jean joined me to work on After a few emails back and forth in early 2017, Jean and I met at Fairlane Coffee while I was up in Portland. I showed her an early version of and we talked about how we could work together.

Reflecting back on that day, it was a pivotal moment because it helped accelerate growing into its own company that could become my focus, instead of just one of several projects I was working on in my indie software company Riverfold. was going to need more of my time, and then some!

Jean has been an integral part of everything we’ve done since then. She created the Micro Monday podcast, organized in-person and online Micro Camps, and ran the photo challenges for the community, all on top of managing the Discover section of and working through community issues with me. This is perhaps the most rewarding part of working with someone else — seeing new things happen that I couldn’t have done on my own, and in some cases new ideas I had never considered.

Thanks Jean! As you move on from, wishing you the best of luck with your long-form writing, hopefully a little microblogging too, and whatever else is next.

Manton Reece @manton