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For the last year and a half, I've been living and breathing AP. Four months in the making, it was originally an outlet for my newly found passion for Android, but quickly grew to be much-much more, frankly, way past any expectations I may have had. I've been through a rollercoaster of emotions, breaking news, drama, and excitement. I've probably looked through and found more apps than a person could install on 10 phones, learned more about life, business, travel, and people than I have in 5 years prior, and, most importantly, had a ton of fun doing it all.

There was only one problem - I was running out of time. Literally. As the site grew bigger, so did my responsibilities, the team, the infrastructure, and the amount of unread emails in my morning inbox. Hell, just keeping up with all the social networks could be a full-time job on its own. All of it wouldn't have been such an issue - people deal with this kind of workload on a daily basis, but there was one problem: I also had an actual full time job. Over the last 2 years, I went from being a web engineer doing PHP and C++ to setting up a complicated Solr backend system to becoming an Android developer, all while spending almost every free minute with AP.

A few months back, the load finally started to take its toll on me - I didn't have enough time to add features, update the infrastructure to deal with traffic spikes better (I happen to wear the sysadmin, developer, editor, adsales, bizdev, etc. hats), keep up with app roundups (which slipped to one every 2-3 weeks from weekly), write more reviews, and at times even check all of the unread emails for days (I do read each and every email that lands in my inbox). AP is my baby, and I knew it was time to do something. Something had to give. Therefore, it's time to say goodbye...

...

... to 2 days of work per week, of course (what did you think?).

Starting this week, I am switching to a three-day part-time schedule at work and will dedicate two more days each week to Android Police, the team, and ultimately - you, our readers. It's an incredibly exciting time for this transition, especially with all the ICS goodness on the horizon, and I can't think of a better time to go through with it. My long-standing goal has been to get rid of the dreaded work Mondays, and it looks like it's finally going to materialize.

I still like the people I work with, and it would be way too scary and boring to quit development cold turkey, so this part-time arrangement seemed like the perfect balance of continuing the professional carrier and spending more time on my own projects.

I'm incredibly excited to have these two extra days each week to spend with such a great group of people, by which I mean both the editorial team and you, our readers and commenters. I'd like to thank my employer, Tunerfish/Plaxo/Comcast, for showing understanding to the situation and following through with our arrangement. Really, I appreciate this a lot.

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming - who knows, maybe there's some more ICS goodness waiting to drop and maybe, just maybe, the weekly app roundups will actually become weekly again (no promises!).

P.S. In Justin's words, "Trololol."

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • JimJam

    Gave my little heart a bit of a shock there haha. Great news, half way through I thought one of the last few genuine sites was going the way of the dinosaur.

    Look forward to the future on here :)

  • ABTBenjamins

    You're the boss Artem. Thanks for making this the ONLY site I come to for all things Android.

    • Aashrey

      Couldn't have put it better. Android police is the place for Android.

    • Aashrey

      Never ever do that again. You and your team are superb. I'm so glad I found this site well before ICS comes out.

    • Jon Garrett

      same here, this is by far the best Android site I visit out of 23 sites that I visit daily.

  • simon

    Woahhh you got me scares a little , at one point I thought the website was going down. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! I love you website! Its complete, professionnal and funny!

  • Edd

    Phew...! You scared the hell out of me then. Artem this is my number 1 go-to website, and you're my favourite blogger/reporter. Keep up the amazing work!

  • http://androsym.com Rounak Jain

    Rofl! I was aghast looking at the title and the author name!

  • Chris

    lol, got me good. Phew! Yay for you!

  • wirbly

    Oh thank god. Please don't do that again.

  • http://twitter.com/solomonjets solomonjets

    yea i was almost going to say WTF man! Can't wait for more AP!

  • http://allonewordt.com Felix Maynard

    Love you Artem, this makes me feel guilty that I have emailed and enquired you so many times!

    Let's see what huge improvements these extra days can make to a perfect site!

  • Anil

    This is my very 1st comment after reading each and every blog post of yours :)

    Sorry for being in SPEC mode, All i can say is you are the best :)

    All the best.

  • Carl

    From the start of the post I was getting sad but so glad u have more time to spend with us thanks

  • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

    Artem,

    You had my heart going there for a minute.

    I don't recall when I first came across your site. I think the referral was from an Engadget link. I immediately liked your work, even if I don't agree with the views expressed here (usually in the comments) and don't care for your beloved platform.

    When I saw this post title in my RSS reader, my heart sank into my chest, even more so than the news of Steve Job's death. Yes, we lost a great innovator and the world is a lesser place without him, but where I would I be personally without Android Police to keep me informed on all things Android?

    With Jobs and Ritchie dying, my first thought when I read your title was that either Android Police was going away or you were moving on with your life, and that without you the site would inevitably flounder. That thought was a blow that took my breath away.

    I am very much relieved to see that you're not only sticking around, but you're dedicating yourself to the thing that you love. Congratulations on finding that thing as early in life as you did. I hope that both Android Police and your career continue to be a smashing success.

    Cheers,
    ProfessorTom

  • Theo

    I have followed you for a couple of months and I already love the site. I'm so happy that there are so many people loving Android including myself. I hate Apple myself but sometimes I wonder why there's so many people that love Android more than Apple, and I'm entirely happy for it. Keep up the GREAT work!

  • Scott Haggerty

    You scared a bunch of people! LOL! Glad to see you're still going strong!

  • Noct

    I was almost crying here YOU MEANY

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116930094233210246792/posts Chris Bailey

    wow dude. first thing I thought was "It's been a year and a half already?!?!". I totally understand what you're going through. I've been here since the beginning and even I've been surprised at the explosive growth AP's had since it launched.

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

      Same here. I've been visiting AP since the rumors of Froyo hitting the Evo 4G were going around. Been regularly reading the site ever since. It's crazy/awesome how big the site's gotten since then. Almost gave me a heart attack reading the headline.

  • cwood154

    ... look at you making it seem like you were about to step down.
    AP is definitey one of my favorite android blogs and I would've hated to see it tossed into someone else's hands.
    Glad to see you're sticking around :)

  • AceoStar

    Tricky lil bastid, glad to see the Trolololo

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheMystroSpeaks TheMystroSpeaks

    This scared the shyt outta me!!!

  • https://plus.google.com/115272110932716198370/posts Jenny

    lol you had me scared for a minute there hehe! Glad things are working out for you! and glad this site is not going anywhere!

  • Simon Belmont

    Thanks for all your hard work, Artem. I thought I was going to be upset when I first started reading your post, but I am not disappointed now. :)

    Android Police is a great website and I found that it caters a bit more to the inner workings of Android, which I absolutely love being that I am a software engineer that has to tinker with everything. Keep up the good work and, again, thank you for your dedication and hard work. :D

  • https://disciplewarrior.wordpress.com Jeb

    You gotta do what you gotta do man, good luck! I've only known about AP for a short time, but I can definitely understand what type of strain its been for you.

    • Aaron

      Dude.. you didn't even read the whole post did you?

      Fail

      • https://disciplewarrior.wordpress.com Jeb

        Epic... I was interrupted while reading and posted way too soon, wow... I'm learning o____O

  • LamDroid

    you just sent must of us on an emotional rollercoaster

  • LamDroid

    you just sent most of us on an emotional rollercoaster

  • TareX

    At first I was like NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.... but then I was like "PHEW".... and now I'm like "I need to know how to express myself in writing like a grown up".
    Keep up the good work :)

  • Nico

    Imagine the value-level of this site being multitask'ed by the likes of you.

    You. Are. The. Man.

    I'm not much of a commenter but an avid reader of this site, but, kudos to you.

    Keep that thirst to publish, you and everyone at AP. We rely on you guys that much!

  • KW

    Still not found another site with articles of this depth and interesting content.
    AP, I do love you...

  • http://About.me/DarknesSx DarknesSx

    -________-

    Thanks for giving me a near death experience for nothing -,-

  • Chris b

    Lol, that was a nice scare. Love the site . Keep up the good work!

  • Juan

    The fact that it has come to this point shows the power of A.P. as an Android info source and the ever-growing dominance of Android across the globe. Wishes and prayers to your continued success.

  • James

    Wow nearly had a heart attack. Scared me a bit this is great news!!!

  • http://blog.firstdove.com Christian

    Ah... reading things properly finally paid off. Artem you scared the hell out of me (and from the looks of things I'm not the only one!)

    I think I understand how you feel, having had to give up a passion and a family I've known for about a decade. Like you, I'm still in contact but it's just not the same anymore.

    But glad that you'd still be around even if it's not as often. There was a time I wondered why I frequented AP more than any other Android sites out there, and I guess it's really the closeness shared by the editors, writers and readers here.

    Many thanks for founding Android Police, and thanks for being here all this while! =)

    • http://blog.firstdove.com Christian

      So much for reading things properly...

      Re-reading through the article and I just realised I've been had!

      Artem you kidder you! xD

  • http://nicefishfilms.com Michael Sean Wright

    I was just about to travel through my time/space portal (found via A.P. btw) to talk some sense into you. Really good news on the new schedule. If there's something the community can do for you - please ask- we're here!

  • appelflap

    Congratulations Artem!

  • Matt

    That was mean...you get 1 star for giving everyone heart attacks.

    • Ted Lovejoy

      EXACTLY what I was going to say :)

  • http://www.mycellife.net Bradley

    Whoa. You scared me for a minute. Thought you were handing in the towel. I would have understood if family obligations became your first priority, thaT's OK. But I would have died if you decided to cross over to the dark side is ios.

  • carnegie0107

    You mean.... Android Police isn't leaving me?

    You're going to spend more time giving me what I want, and more often?

    You're the total opposite of my ex! Although if you don't stop posting so much ICS awesomeness, you'll be even more demanding of my attention than she was.

  • Kent

    Whoa! You had me going for a minute. I was wondering what I was gonna do without AP. Glad you're staying with it. Good luck in the future!

  • Reeve

    Had a sinking feeling in my gut when I read the title!

    Phew!!

    Great to hear your gonna be working better on AP!! :D

    Cheers and Keep up the awesomeness!!

  • cyber chris

    this is why your site is great. good personality in the writing that keeps me coming back daily.

  • PhineasJW

    Congrats on your part-time employment to do the things you really love! And, a really nice setup on the first half of your post. :)

  • http://rvmachine.com Dexter

    Congrats ....now I will have one more reason to stop working during my day....just to check for updates....

  • http://androidpolice.com Aphex70

    My heart skipped a beat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/markml0528 Mark Lightell

    Android Police is definitely my favorite and in my opinion the best Android news site.

  • http://www.techthirst.com Anuj Ahooja

    Dude, you scared me there. Glad to see you'll be getting more time for the blog.

  • http://mariux.altervista.org/wordpress/ Mariux

    Super-scared at first, super happy at the end! Well done, Artem!

  • http://www.egoant.com Aaron (EgoAnt)

    LOL! I thought, "I finally found an Android site I actually enjoy reading and you are... Oh, I see what you did there"

    Great to see the site is working out so well for you!

  • dward

    I remember your first articles on root, which I stumbled upon 18 months or so ago. Since then my friends, colleagues and I have all visited the site daily. Your work has kept us interested in Android and has to be the number one source of news on the subject. Long may it continue!

  • Kenshin

    I saw the post on facebook and was like wtf. :| For the first time I had my heart beats going fast for a totally unknown person :|

  • Anurag

    Phew!! I had started to wonder where should I go to read that quality of articles on this earth. :\

  • iPhonoid

    Never posted before, but I was so relieved after seeing your tweet! This is the site I always load if I want an update on anything android related. Keep it up and good luck with this new balance of job and the site:)

  • Ron Hamelin

    Awesome! I remember over a year ago you stating your desire to make this happen. Congrats!

  • http://geekprison.com sim

    well the title sounds like he website is going down..i was ike what the f***..but thts not the case..keep up the job..hope those two days will be more interesting..

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

    You scared the hell out of me! Among the Android sites that I visit regularly, AndroidPolice is the one I like the most.

  • http://1790.us Ryan Erickson

    I've read this site (either here or vis RSS) everyday for the last year or so and reading the first part of your post put me into a "fight or flight" mode... where was I going to go for my daily dose of little green android gouge?

    At any rate- thank you for continuing the site- I know first hand the trials and tribulations of running a popular site (only I took option one of departing) and I thank your employers for allowing to you keep it up too.

    Keep up the great work and were all looking forward to what the future of AP will bring. ~R

  • Aaron

    Dang u scared me...

  • Foo

    Yep, I was also a little worried. Glad the site is still going to keep on rolling. It's pretty much the main Android site I check out (often the only one).

    Keep up the awesome work!

  • http://www.boombappz.com boombappz

    Man!!!
    Don't do that again.

    I almost smashed my EVO 3D.

  • http://www.idiotproof.me Darrell

    Nice post. I'm glad to see Android inspire someone so completely, and I wish I knew people like you in real life.

  • http://facebook.com/smsmycarandme Force

    Wow, you're the best! :]

  • Franco

    As much as im glad too hear this i hope by changing your work rota you do not sacrifice your time in the real world.
    Im sure you have family and loved ones that also need your time,so do not forget them along your journey.

    By cutting work time you also cut wages i know you not a blood sucker and do genuinely love AP but you have too live also so hope you get good enough revenue too keep you going in the real world.

    Overall be happy and do whats best for you and your family.We will support you what choices you make.

  • chris nigro

    Scared me for a minute too!! I am always following your links on fb and g+. Glad to hear they won't be going anywhere!

  • chris nigro

    Scared me for a minute too!! I am always following your links on fb and g plus. Glad to hear they won't be going anywhere!

  • http://sketaful.se Sketaful

    Ah, I thought you'd make AP your full-time job.. :P

    • http://geekprison.com sim

      not a bad option, if the site is on such a great move..

  • Cory K

    hey, Artem........DONT DO THAT EVER AGAIN!!!!!!

  • Vince

    NOOOOOOOOOO! Oh. OK! Wheew!

  • Bek

    Duuude, NOT COOL!!! :nutkick:

    Seriously, thanks for all of your hard work in making Android Police such a fantastic Android resource.

  • SeptimiuB

    dude that scared me... AP is the no1 source for Android news. I wonder what it will become now if you spend even more time on this project :)

  • Flashfast

    Its really cool of you to step it up like this. AP is worth the extra effort. I hope you make a fortune from it.

  • cory

    There is really only one place for Android news - glad to hear you have more time to spend on it.congrats

  • AC

    Scared me big time, like everyone else...

    THANK YOU Artem for everything you're doing for all of us. Keep up the good work.

  • KayBea

    THAT...was AWESOME! What a great manipulation of our emotions! Thank goodness you are continuing - I look forward to more - thanks for all of the work and great info!

  • Perry Ahern

    Wait, is it April 1st again already?

    Artem you sneaky bastid, you had me going there! Glad to hear the site's going so well and that you're able to transition your job and spend more time on it!

    Congrats man!

  • Karl

    Almost as good of a troll as the Kindle Blaze. Congrats Artem, hope you're happy doing what you love.

  • JohnBlue

    Awesome!
    I come here everyday for your Android news and reviews!

  • Zack

    Good to hear!! Love the stuff you post as well as others. AP is the only place I go to now for good android news I visit the site at least 3 times a day just to keep up.

    P.S. Dont EVER scare me like that again! Trololol

  • Erik. G

    ANDROID POLICE...ANDROID POLICE...ANDROID POLICE...ANDROID POLICE...ANDROID POLICE...ANDROID POLICE!!! Yaaaaaaaaa thatss goooood!!! U got mail u got mail u got mail... Yaaaaaaa

  • James

    i started to tear up a bit.. at work!
    always has and will become a better pleasure to have you here!

  • http://www.chercabulasmindbox.com Cher Cabula

    You had me going sad there for a while as I read through the first few paragraphs...I really thought we were going to see the last of AP. Good thing that it's here to stay. Yay! (See the joy even makes me rhyme)

  • Dylan Andersen

    The reason I come here quite often to read, is thanks to the app roundups. They are fucking perfect. Thanks A.

  • Andrew – Des Moines

    I think many on the periphery of the Android universe will make similar moves as that 190 million activation number continues to increase. I found this site by searching for 'best android apps', bookmarking the interesting sites, and over time winnowing the list down to three -- AP being one of them. While I wish you the best, I couldn't help but think of some inevitable clone of yours in the WebOS universe giving up his hobby and dedicating himself to something else -- probably much more bland. It helps to pick a winner...

  • Lou

    I'm glad that a friend recommended this site a year and a half ago. I've been hooked ever since. We respect your decision and we're all glad you will still be with us even if its only part time.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I don't think you read the post right ;-]

  • LadyDi

    Thank you for all the work you and your team do for every visitor that comes to this site.

  • brad

    Not funny at all. I would of hated to see this site go. I have had some good arguments and good times reading the articles and posts.

    Good to see that its doing so well.

  • Nexuz-Uno

    Artem, what the hell? Not cool! You scared the crap out of me. I love this site. I thought you were going to pass it on or sell it. Phew.

  • Stormy

    :D :D :D
    Good luck in your new/old job/calling!

    'Tis the season to be jolly.... Trololololol Lolol Lol Lol... :)

  • http://brimosoft.nl Marcel

    It's great to see how fast this baby of you is growing up. Good luck in making it even bigger.

  • Dan

    You bastard..

    Glad you're putting your all into this site, i'll echo comments above and say this site is by far the best for Android gossip!

  • Omer

    Artem, you had me for a while there thinking you are leaving AP ;)

    This is probably the best Android site around these days and it has become my exclusive out of the (big) bunch of those.

    I am a long time reader here and AP keeps getting bigger and better.

    Keep up the great work you put into AP (you will have your whole life working a daily job, so no worries) !

  • Wam31

    Yep, nice one !
    Like every one else I really thought that was the end of it !

    I'm really glad you decided to invest yourself even more in AP.
    You made it to be easily the best Android news site out there.
    Keep up the good work !

  • GambitPat

    Good one! You had me sick to my stomach on the first half.

  • http://www.Google.com Derhunter23

    Good luck to you Artem and keep up the good work. And please don't scare us anymore. I have chosen AP as my no.1 site to browse all Android related news. AP is the best, forget the rest. lol.

  • Abdi

    Damn you Artem for messing with my emotions. Don't need you doing that, that's what my wife is for.

  • Arunas

    totally agree with Abdi :D