Maybe I should try harder not to care. When I don't care, I'm quickly bored. But when I do care... I get into trouble.
In May 2004, I got a job. A first, the best thing about it was that I was employed again after two years out of work. However, it quickly became obvious that I liked this job. I liked the company. I liked my co-workers. I liked the exec staff. And I really liked my role in the company.
For a year and a half now I have been doing internal documentation support for a growing, VC-funded company. I started out revising how-tos and helping with design specifications. I moved into re-organizing the engineering intranet and writing architecture overviews. I attended meetings. I took copious notes. I made suggestions. I cared.
I'm happiest when I work for people who benefit directly from what I do. I do my best work when I'm helping people who say "I need..." or "I want..." or "It would be great if we had...". This is the primary reason that I prefer doing internal documentation versus user-focused projects; I can talk directly to my clients and get their feedback. I can provide what my "clients" need to get their jobs done.
It's a support role without the telephones and I am very good at it.