AOL Is Fun Again!

Things at AOL are changing, and it feels great to be in the middle of it. Every day, it becomes more and more clear that a small number of people are driving gigantic changes all throughout the company, and I’m both honored and a little nervous to be considered part of that group. It makes me a little self-conscious, to be honest.\
It just feels like everything is coming toether. Last week, I was asked to speak at a conference for the first time (thanks, Tantek), which is a huge honor for me, especially considering who asked and who is on the panel. This week, I did training on semantic markup and CSS to a handful of designers, with the goal being to get the rest of the designers through the course by the end of the summer. I also found out that I’ll be speaking at Mashup U in July. And just today, I was asked to join a small group doing something extremely cool that I don’t think I can talk about publicly yet (maybe never, I’m not sure yet). This is all on top of the privelage I have to work on AIM Pages.\
I’m extremely lucky to be in the position I’m in. I’m not quite sure how it happened, or really where it will lead, but I love it. I work with the best people, get to play with and develop the coolest stuff (cool to me, and that’s really all the matters), get to share what I’m passionate, and feel like what I do affects and influences other people.\
I’ve been at AOL for eleven years, and this is the most fun I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

By Kevin Lawver

Web developer, Software Engineer @ Gusto, Co-founder @ TechSAV, husband, father, aspiring social capitalist and troublemaker.


  1. Kevin,
    You’re right, we’re doing more fun things. I don’t know if it is the places we’re in or more of this “Hey you guys are smart, you can do stuff besides mundane things”, but it’s getting to the point where work is fun to go to again!

  2. I’m happy for your enthusiasm for what you get to do at work! I remember it well. Keep bringing the giggles home with you so we can all share in the fun.

  3. Kev, congrats! You’re living the dream. 😉 Too bad AOL on this side of the Mississippi isn’t as groundbreaking or rewarding. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t suck, but, I sure ain’t workin on the coolest tech! How does one get involved with webdev at AOL anyway!!! hahahah
    The other guy who’s been here 11 years.

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