When The Suits say it’s not you, it’s them. It’s you.
I’ve been fired. Axed. Booted. Canned. Discharged. Dropped. Given my marching orders. Received a pink slip. Handed my walking papers. Let go. Sacked. And officially terminated.
This pleases me (it was time… and I have something to blog about).
Several months ago, I was contacted my an educational magazine (that I’d never heard of… but I don’t get out much) to see if I would be interested in having my blog posted once a week on their website.
After little or no thought, I said yes.
That was a mistake.
I was lured in by the prospect of no-fame and no-fortune. I forgot the fundamental thing that makes blogging interesting.
I can write whatever I want (within certain moral guidelines and my day job expectations) and post it within seconds. And much to my surprise people occasionally read it (this is the part I will never understand).
It’s that simple.
No editors. No publishers. No Suits.
I answer to no one (other than the PrincipalsPage lawyers).
If I find the subject matter interesting or funny, I blog about it. No deadlines. No pack of Suits sitting around a conference table deciding if a topic qualifies as magazine worthy.
Just me and Larry the Laptop.
Now, I understand that’s both good and bad.
It hurts me to say this, but sometimes I’m not as interesting as I think I am. But that’s okay because it’s all part of blogging (they can’t all be winners).
To be honest, I should have jumped ship about a month ago, but I made a mistake. I didn’t trust my gut feeling.
If there is a lesson to be learned, it’s always trust those feelings. They’re almost never wrong.
Why we don’t follow these feelings 100% of the time I will never now. Even in the heat of the moment, we tell ourselves to follow our gut and yet we still don’t.
That’s what I did. And now I am magazineless (and I had a chance to be the dumper instead of the one getting dumped… and now I’ve forever lost the power of the pre-emptive break-up).
A few weeks ago the young lady who “hired” me left for a new job.
My immediate reaction was “Ruh-roh!” (we have been watching a lot of Scooby Doo at my house).
I don’t have a lot of experience with corporate America, but I know when the person who brings you in leaves, you may well be next on the chopping block.
And I was.
I’m not sure the new Suits understood what the blog is about.
Which is nothing.
That’s got to be a hard concept for simple Suits to understand. The blog is about education, school administrators, and nothing.
It’s not high-concept or low-concept. It’s no concept.
Maybe they just wanted to go “in a different direction.” Which is of course code for “your blog stinks.”
Actually the official “Your Dead to Us Email” was nicely worded. It said, “Unfortunately, we will not be able to continue publishing posts for PrincipalsPage the Blog”.
I was getting fired.
Actually that’s not true. I was fired.
What’s worse is they paid me little to nothing for the blogs. Yes, that’s right… I got fired from volunteer work (how bad do you have to be when The Suits decide you’re not even worth zero??).
What a special moment in a blogger’s life. If I had emotions (don’t forget I’m a dead on the inside school administrator), I might have cried.
The worst part is they didn’t even replace me with another blogger.
I’ve been replaced by a “Jobs” section.
Buddy the Dog references have been given away to an Assistant Superintendent Opening in Windham. I’m not going to lie, that hurts.
Not for me so much, but Buddy. He has feelings after all.
The good news is this isn’t the first time I’ve been fired (wait a second… that may not be good news).
What I’ve discovered through these slightly tragic moments (more on these later in the PrincipalsPage Book I don’t have coming out) in my career is things always work out for the best.
Getting fired only hurts for a second, especially when you realize it’s an opportunity.
One door being slammed in your face generally leads to another one opening (usually a better, much larger door).
That’s what I’m hoping for in this case. Maybe a larger publication I’ve never heard of will hire me to blog about nothing (or maybe I can direct a movie… because doesn’t everyone eventually want to direct??).
Now I just have to sit around and wait for the next big thing to come along.
And of course comfort Buddy.
He’s taking this really hard (I am so glad he doesn’t know that at my job I AM the Suit…).