Starting Out, Again

Hello readers!

My name is Jason Maxham and this is the start of my personal blog. Since 2011, I’ve been writing about fixing things over at The Art of Troubleshooting. That turned out to be a great way for me to digest and share all the hard-won insights of starting and running a tech company. Plus, it was satisfying to go beyond what I knew by interviewing some of the great troubleshooters I had met over the years, communicating their breakthroughs too. As an added bonus, while trying to convey what I knew, the writing process itself lead to fresh insights. I didn’t expect that! The project was equal parts communicating and learning, which kept me interested for the long term. The blog also lead to other opportunities, the most thrilling of which was the realization of a long-held dream: speaking at OSCON!

Lately, I have felt my other interests, not related to fixing things, demanding to be explored in writing. At first, I contemplated shoehorning them into my troubleshooting blog. Almost anything can be related to the problem-solving principles that underly repair. But after examining the list of article ideas, I concluded that publishing them on The Art of Troubleshooting would severely dilute that focused body of work.

So, I’m going to do what many others don’t recommend: start a general interest blog. I’ve got so many thoughts about travel, music, film, business, politics and the future that need to get out of my head and onto the page.

Welcome to the Orgastic Future.


  • Header image: Highsmith, Carol M, photographer. A very long and very brown road in the Mojave National Preserve in California. 2012. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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