Farewell Ashley

If I'm being honest, this is a very, very strange post to write up about myself. But I'll try to make it quick, so let's cut to the chase:

Today is my last day at TechnoBuffalo. In fact, Jon and I made a little video about it, if you're interested in checking that out.

At this point, some of you are bummed. Some of you might be breakdancing in victory. That's all pretty cool. Over the past months, I've genuinely enjoyed making video for you all on the TechnoBuffalo channel, and I'm proud of what we've achieved. We worked hard (and the team will continue to work hard) on making the quality of videos better and better; we became a family far quicker than I'd anticipated.

A lot of you will have one simple question: "Why?" I can now publicly announce (for the first time ever) where I'll be headed: Next month, I'll be starting a new gig with the fine folks at CNET.

As I mentioned on my personal podcast last week (which is also spinning down as I begin this new chapter in my professional career), I'm very fond of a particular quote, and it goes like this:

"The important thing is this: to be able, at any moment, to sacrifice what we are for what we could become" – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

There was no dramatic exit here, no anger or hard feelings. Just a woman who loves technology intent on reaching for her own personal stars. Sometimes, we've got to sacrifice our comfortable lives for something bigger than we ever imagined possible.

I'll always be on Twitter if you need advice about what phone to buy, or whether or not you should eat that week-old donut (hint: you probably shouldn't), so don't be a stranger. As for my shows, I'm sad to say both Out of Controller and Buffalo Bulletin will be closing up shop as of today. You'll still be able to watch Ask the Buffalo with Jon, though, and you'll still be seeing the same quality video content from the TB team going forward.

And for whomever takes my place? You're in good hands. This is one of the best teams in tech journalism. Except for that guy Roy. He's a real jerk! (Just kidding, Roy. You know I love you. Mostly.)

Thanks for making me feel welcome, Buffaloes. You guys are pretty amazing.