Forks in the road are funny because it's fairly easy to rubberneck as you veer into an offramp. Right choice? But prolonged rubbernecking only makes for lousy driving.
Fortunately for me, in my discussions with friends and family, their thinking was unanimous and coincided with my own leaning. My most weighted criterion for my choice was "What will I learn?" The goal for me was to select the position that gave me the best opportunity to orient myself within Wells Fargo. Few stay in the same position for a great length of time (more than 5 years), so where do I get the best view and best exposure for the future? Since the money/benefits were the same, that became the chief pivot. Second was, "Where can I most apply all of my skills?" Two years from now, I don't want to be known as a developer and be pigeon-holed.
Choice made, and I'll announce it tomorrow at work. I have a foot in both camps at the moment, so it will take me a while to free myself completely. I recommended and WF hired two contractors to take over my big summer project and they start later this week, so that will make it easier to free myself to focus on the work to be done in my new position. The next month will be a zoo to meet the demands of everyone.
The summer sure spun itself into a direction I never anticipated - but in a very good way. I hope this offramp is scenic!
And the second decision... I had talked about changing the backbone of beatcanvas.com to a different blogging software rather than use the blogware that I wrote. But last night, I created more article templates (see the moneys and floating woman below) and decided that I like that freedom too much. No other blogware let's you chose different templates for each blog post. So I'll stick with what I have because it's more fun.
That said, I'll probably choose one of the other blogware packages for articanafford.com. But it's tough to say when I'll be able to get that going...
ETC: A friend of mine writes and asks... so what was my decision? Which job did I take? One of the people who offered me a job reads this blog and I want them to hear my answer directly from me, so I'll post my choice tomorrow after I tell both people. But of course, I wrote my friend back and told her.