Any of you who I’ve had the pleasure of having as “regulars” here have probably noticed that I rarely talk about my personal life. I’ve always wanted the focus to be on the issues of the day and an occasional fun aside instead of things like what I had for breakfast or the fact that my oldest son (17 going on 18) just got accepted into the National Honors Society (quite the accomplishment for the son of a guy who barely graduated high school “Thank You Laude” as Bill Cosby used to say).
So here’s happening: For the past 20 years, my “day job” has been working in varying capacities at a network affiliated television station here in Michigan, mostly as a department head and for a couple of years in the mid-2000’s as a Station Manager. There is a mass consolidation taking place all across the broadcast industry — centralization is the “expense cutting du jour” and it’s happening where I work. Imagine the chuckle I got when — three days after the re-election of Barack Obama — I was told I was losing my job. I’ve been writing about that happening to others for so long I guess somebody decided I got a taste of it myself. I wasn’t very surprised because I know what’s been going on in the industry, and it’s been going in that direction since well before Obama’s election, but the timing was comically symbolic.
I was told back in November that I’d be finished at the station by the end of January (they’re being very generous with severance so they really got no complaints from me). All I had to so was help prepare things for “hubbing,” meaning my workload will increase as people are eliminated until it’s my time to go, when the centralized hub takes over. Well, the date has been delayed and delayed (as they slowly realize they made a huge mistake but have invested too much in centralization to turn around now), and at this point it’s looking like I’ll be done with my “day job” toward the end of April.
As I mentioned, my workload and hours are actually increasing until ultimately somebody else takes it all over. In essence I’ve been asked to dig my own grave and then stand in front of the hole and wait for the bang. This means my blogging time for the next few weeks will be decreased significantly. I already burn the candle at both ends quite a bit (between that job, blogging at Michelle’s and here) and there just won’t be enough hours in the day in April. So I’m happy to announce that Joyanna Adams has graciously accepted my offer to guest blog here in April. I first got to know Joyanna back when we both blogged at MensNewsDaily.com, and have always admired her unique and original approach to the subjects she writes about. I’ll still pop in from time to time.
Long term: Losing my main source of income for the last two decades with three kids to feed and send through school is — believe it or not — a good thing in my case. In the short term, after I’m finished there, I’ll have much more time to devote to writing and blogging, and I also have another career option more closely related to what I love doing, but nothing’s finalized yet — I’ll announce that only after it’s a done deal. Over the years I had a few job offers related to the field of writing and editing that I turned down because of the security of my “day job” (and in one case because I didn’t want to move my family to Washington, DC) but recently somebody made the decision for me — and I guess that job wasn’t so “secure” after all. Plus I spend five hours a week just driving to work and back home — half of a work-day per week wasted in a car. I’m looking forward to getting that time back and applying it elsewhere.
I’ll still keep this site going, though it may slow down just a bit, and I’ll be continuing to write at Michelle Malkin’s blog as long as she’s good enough to keep me around (I’m eternally grateful to Michelle and her husband Jesse for the opportunity). As I mentioned, in April all bets are off as to the amount of time I’ll be able to devote to blogging on any venue). Starting in May, the new adventure begins. Until then I’ll be tapering off just a bit, but I didn’t want anybody thinking I was giving up. Soon I’ll have more time than ever to devote to what I’ve grown to love doing, as well as to do it more in depth.
Thanks for listening, and thanks even more for the support and great comments over the months and years!