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They just keep pulling me back in…

One thing I can’t stand — non-responsiveness. OK. Believe me. I’ve been slacking on my normal reads here but I’m working on that. But what I’m talking about is when someone reaches out to you and then when you answer back, they fall flat. I mean when they had a need for what you can offer and then they just leave you there…

That is what has happened in my latest “prospect” into another position elsewhere. The person I emailed my resume to emailed me shortly after and wanted to schedule a phone interview. When I gave the times I was available, I’ve heard absolutely nothing back. It will be almost a week from when I emailed. I’m still holding out but I guess I just don’t get why potential employers do this. I suppose it’s because of the “something better came along” factor. OK. I can live with that. Just let me know. Don’t leave me hanging. But who am I to dictate…?

So back at the work front things are getting better — again. I know why I’m doing what I’m doing but I guess I started wondering if I need to keep doing it beyond just the realization that a roof over my head is a pretty sweet deal.  I know there’s more to it than that. There always has been. I’ve been doing what I set out to do to try to stay motivated. And getting creative is just about one of the only things that’s keeping me going…

But for now it seems that the ever familir “they” have pulled me back in…the resume fury has ended.

Live blogging: Today’s journalism

Is the newspaper going to vanish any time soon?

That question isn’t really new. It seems like a lot of companies have asked that question already and have quickly jumped on the Internet bandwagon — and with such voracity and speed that the pages are still flying in the air from the desks of old cronies as the trend zips pass.

Now with the capability to write just about anywhere and have it immediately appear for eager eyes to see, what will be the wasteful point of print? The world is thinking green and that’s paper we may not need to use anymore by the time the 20 somethings are 50 somethings. Of course there are still people like my father who enjoy picking up a Sunday paper, having it in his hands, and being able to turn the page. You can’t turn a monitor screen but you can click away on a trusty mouse.

Today was the second time my publication did live blogging. The company that owns it has been doing live blogs for a while but now we are finally getting in on the action. I enjoy it but can’t help wondering who is it all for. I know the big wigs will be/are pleased. Names will be mentioned. Hands shook. Pat-on-the-back emails will go out next week. But did ANYONE read it??

Who can really sit at the computer most of the day tracking a live blog every three minutes? I guess you can read it after the fact but then that loses the “action” I think.

I’m not for or against the shift of journalism…but I do wonder what will be considered fad and what will stick even five years from now.

Any thoughts?

You blog, therefore you risk

Do you admire people in the media field?

Friends of mine have expressed from time to time that they felt I was pretty lucky to be in this industry.

And to their credit, they are sort of right. There are a some perks. People know what you do and they try to stay on your good side because they know publicity can be power. You get to meet people you may not have and do things that you may not have been able to otherwise. On bored, rainy or lazy Sundays you know that when you Google yourself, you will be on at least the first six pages. But that fact right there is the rub. Your name is out there. You stay somewhat exposed. And obviously by my writing this blog, I’m not really dodging the exposure factor. There is just something freeing about sharing your beeswax. Is it just me? Is it better to go into hiding?

I never really was the one to be a shrinking violet. Expression, to me, is a virtue. Way above patience though I think people who know me will say I need to switch the two.

So what do you do when you are a part of an industry with bylines but you want to put yourself out there in some other avenue that isn’t work-related? This is what I’ve mapped out so far and some of these are probably going to be self-explanatory as well as the fact that I’m only just now testing my theory. I may very well be slicing my own throat.

1.) Don’t name names. Hey, you’re going to probably be found out (even with a pen name, nothing is sacred anymore) at some point so don’t make it worse by giving people hints about who you are talking about. Don’t describe exact characteristics and don’t get into physical detail.

2.) Don’t give numbers, discuss circulation or share the intimate details of what can be conceived as the corporate pitfalls of your place of business. Though this WIRED article given out to my team by my boss may steer you differently on this subject.

3.) Don’t dis your company. Save that for anonymous myspace profiles.

4.) Use humor and some tack. You can still share you funny stories, talk about your experiences and what not, but don’t get carried away in profanity, threats and general remarks about just what exactly you may want to do to so and so in the office — or worse, your boss.

5.) Cross your fingers and hope if you get caught, your company has a sense of humor.

We’ll see. According to this article, I’m already breaking the rules.