Hello, Sheboygan! *Waves at Chicago and New York*

by Suw on February 13, 2014

For those of you who know Kevin or me well, it will come as no surprise to hear that we are finally moving to the USA: Kevin yesterday started his new job as Executive Editor of the Sheboygan Press and the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, both a part of Gannett. I am still in the UK, and will follow when I have my visa, probably in May or June (though it’s anyone’s guess, really!).

There’s a lot to write about regarding this move, but I suspect that the biggest question on most of my friends’ lips will be, “But what will you do for work, Suw?” The answer to that is that I will be taking my social media consulting across the Pond, still focused on media and publishing. Sheboygan is more well known for its bratwurst than its international publishing companies, but it’s only a couple of hours drive from Chicago and just over two hours flight from New York. I’ve plenty of experience working remotely, of course, and will also be interested to see what the local market is like in towns like Milwaukee.

Although Kevin and I started my visa application in September last year, it is a drawn out process, as you can imagine. It’s impossible to know exactly how long it will take before I get the green light to move, but it’s not likely to happen much before May. In the meantime, I’ll be trying to cram in as much work in the UK as possible, so if you’ve ever thought about getting me in, email me now! I’ve just revamped my website to give more details of the strategy workshops I have developed and the bespoke social technology consulting that I do.

If you’re an American publisher interested in social media, then I’ll be at the London Book Fair in April, so get in touch and we’ll find a time to meet. I’m eager to start conversations soon for engagements during the summer.

As for Ada Lovelace Day, that will continue as normal. This year, it is hosted by the Ri, who are already doing a fantastic job of taking care of us, and our producer, Helen Arney, will continue her great work putting the event line-up together. Today I have a meeting for next year’s event, which will also be hosted in London. I will be back for both, and the centre of gravity for Ada Lovelace Day will remain in London for the next two years, not least because it gives me a good excuse to come back and visit friends and family!

I am very excited indeed about this move. I’ve visited Sheboygan, and it’s a lovely lakeside town with a proper British pub and a picturesque downtown. There are some great outdoors opportunities, and finally the chance for us to own our own house, something quite impossible in Woking. And I hope to have a bit more time to write and to make and to enjoy exploring my new country. Grabbity and Sir Izacat Mewton will of course be coming with us, and I can’t wait to see them exploring their new house and enjoying a bit more space. So, stay tuned. I’ve a lot of pent-up blogging that needs to come out!

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Mary Struck February 13, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Welcome to the area! As a digital buff myself, I am excited to see where your husband takes the local newspaper. (Ironically, my husband is into maps and also writes).

Be sure to visit the Village of Kohler if you haven’t already. Residents of our quaint little village hail from all over the country and world. The food and wine event draws celebrity chefs each year, and next summer Kohler will host the PGA. (Many of the golfers stay at private Kohler homes, and some even mingle with the locals).

Kate February 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Hello, hello! We are SO excited to have you both! I’m a recent transplant to Sheboygan (by way of Washington DC, Chicago and LA…lots of moving) and my husband I love it here! When I heard you all were headed this way, I was thrilled–it’s always wonderful to have more creatives in town. I’m the Managing Editor of a magazine and get to work remotely up here in lovely Wisconsin, and I am truly grateful. Feel free to reach out if you need anything! Winters are beautiful here, but summers will knock your socks off! Warmest, Kate Dolack

Suw February 13, 2014 at 9:55 pm

Mary, Kate, thank you so much for the kind comments! We will definitely be visiting Kohler, and I’m keen to get to Cedarburg too as that looks very nice indeed. I’m really looking forward to exploring the place, and will be coming over for a week or too in March so we can go house hunting! Can’t wait!

Michael Disabato February 15, 2014 at 11:04 pm

As a resident of the NW suburbs (35miles/60km) from Downtown Chicago, I’m kind of close to you. Welcome to the area. It’s good to have a creative around, even if it’s that far north and in “chedderhead” country. (Just ask, they’ll explain. If you thought soccer/football was bad with rivalries, just wait until you learn about the Packers and the Bears. )

I’m not sure how I found you, but anyone doing Morning Pages is cool. I do them every day, and they clear the fog from my mind.

I wish you smooth sailing in your transition and peace when you arrive.

Mike

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