Okay, I don’t have a great reason for neglecting this blog. I could fill you full of excuses, but basically I wasn’t in the mood or was too busy.
A lot has happened since my last post. After its nomination as Small Business of the Year by the Fort Madison Chamber of Commerce, I made the painful decision to close my business of 12 years. Backslash Technologies is now just a collection of memories — mostly good ones.
Sometime in early June, the writing was pretty much on the wall, but I refused to give up. Not because I’m any kind of hero or anything, mind you. It was more about being gripped by such fear that I didn’t know what else to do but to keep showing up at work. When it was clear I couldn’t afford payroll, I laid the last two employees off. A little over a week later, I closed the doors for good and moved out the remaining inventory.
A lot of people have asked why I closed Backslash. I think most can guess that money was the main issue; they would be right. I was tired. I was exhausted with worry about how to keep things moving forward. The local economy has never been great (at least in my lifetime), and the
country’s world’s economic problems just made everyone tighten their budgets that much more. Running a retail computer store in a sagging economy with competition from the Internet, Walmart, and even grocery stores, is just something that I didn’t see as a long-term possibility anymore.
There’s a lot more to tell, and maybe I’ll do that over time on this blog, but I’m kind of done feeling sorry for myself. God has blessed us so much and that’s what I’d like to concentrate on from now on.
Sam Boyer from CURE Solutions gave me a call a week or so after I closed and asked what my plans were. I was working from home, trying to maintain repair services for Backslash customers. A few weeks later, I put on a tie — I’m *still* trying to talk Sam out of that idea! — and started working for CURE, developing web sites and helping with marketing.
I thought that working for a former competitor would be harder than it is. It turns out that CURE is full of great people with a similar passion for helping people with technology as I have. Don’t get me wrong; some days it is a challenge. I still go through worry and regret regularly.
And we aren’t out of the woods yet. But I recognize that I’m very lucky to be where I’m at and have what I have at this point. My wife and family are happy and (relatively) healthy; and I’m able to continue working with technology in my hometown with some great coworkers.