If you’ve been following me on Twitter, no doubt you’ve seen some of my many tweets about Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), a law in California that took effect on Jan. 1, 2020. AB5 places significant restrictions on the ability of companies and other hiring entities to classify state residents as independent contractors. It was aimed largely at gig economy companies like Uber and Lyft, but it has devastated the livelihoods of many freelance journalists and other folks who have worked happily for years as contractors.
If you’re wondering why this website hasn’t been updated in a while, now it can be revealed. On March 8, I launched The Steampunk Explorer, a new website billed as a “shopping, travel, entertainment and research guide for steampunk enthusiasts and creators.” It could also be described as a hybrid “National Geographic” and “Time Out” for the steampunk world. But it’s really my personal Maker project. Some people like to make goggles or rayguns or costumes. I like to make websites.