Some friends came to me this week and asked if I’d help with the launch of their site’s new look. I didn’t need to actually code or build anything, they’d already hired developers, but they wanted someone to be there through the actual switchover. So, last night I joined a Skype conference to get updated on all that would be going down, and tonight I’m refreshing the page every few minutes to make sure things are running smoothly. I’ve jumped in to help once or twice, but for the most part, I’m a silent watcher without any real authority or responsibility. My mother would call me a snoopervisor.
For once I’m watching a beautiful transformation and I’m not the one stressing over how it will go. It feels good, and in a way, relaxing.
It’s not like I’m doing nothing… I have been on hand to consult, mediate, do some basic updates to help get ready for the switch, and over the next few days I’ll be helping to teach the contributors how to properly format posts for the new layout. And, I’ll be on hand to answer basic technical questions and make sure the next few weeks run smoothly. But, I’m not ultimately in charge, either on the ownership or developer end of things. I think like this arrangement.
Don’t get me wrong, I love designing and coding. I enjoy the creative process. But, sometimes it’s nice to sit back and just watch…
Know anyone who needs a snoopervisor?