>> Monday, April 6, 2009
*Sigh* I had hoped to leave quietly and in a friendly way from today.com for no better reason than that our priorities and goals were clearly not in sync. I was moving my second blog, because it was small and saw little traffic (largely because opportunities to build traffic on today.com are limited) and the posts were not pay-per post and never had been.
I'd intended to take my time, but I'd heard from another blogger from today.com, that she'd been kicked without warning because she'd written a blog that was uncomplimentary to today.com. That just upped my timetable. It's one thing to be asked to shill ads and to build traffic, it's another for a site that says "Blog about ANYTHING" to censor any criticism. Since the time I decided to go ahead with my blogspot blog, they had deleted the "follow me" link she'd managed to leave on her previous site.
Now, folks, in my opinion, that's just petty.
I'd moved everything and one of my blog buddies noticed that someone had set up an identical site ("ripping me off") - I decided to leave a "follow me link" and go.
Today.com (without ANY notification, even yet) locked me out of both Rocket Scientist and my secondary blog. Well, OK. I'm guessing that's all for the best. Clearly, we weren't going to see eye to eye. They also deleted the "follow me" link on Ask Me Anything and, as I'm locked out, I can't leave one on Rocket Scientist - and they'd just remove it anyway.
So, I'm here and all in disarray. Bear with me as I work to get this blog up and running, noting that I will not be duplicating the Rocket Scientist posts over here. Those were pay-per-post and today has paid for most of them (I'm not expecting I'll get paid for the thirty odd I've written in March or April). However, to aid in those interested in reading any back posts, I'll be coming up with an archive link list. Give me a bit.
I do not mean to disparage any of the bloggers on today.com. Truly, there are some exceptional blogs on today.com and I'll still be visiting (and you'll find them on my bloglist when I get it up and running). I've been tickled to death to be in such good company. I had enjoyed working with today.com largely, but a number of recent changes concerned me. I guess I won't have to worry about that any more. And this is just my viewpoint. I'm sure they'd describe the situation differently.
I am actually a very loyal person. However, I believe, like Patton, that loyalty has to go both ways. I'm proud of the work I did on today.com's behalf and hope to write similarly quality work over here. I hope some of the friends I'd made on today.com will still keep in touch and I expect I'll be meeting more people of the interesting variety over here.
There's a great deal of talk about loyalty from the bottom to the top. Loyalty from the top down is even more necessary and is much less prevalent. One of the most frequently noted characteristics of great men who have remained great is loyalty to their subordinates. --Gen George PattonIf you've never run into me before, sorry about the rather unconventional "hello." If you've met me before and were wondering, no, I'm not pretending to be the "original" rocket scientist from today.com. I'm the same one. If you have my blog linked, please update the link to http://Rockets-r-Us.blogspot.com. Also, Ask Me Anything can be found at http://askthers.blogspot.com.
Hopefully, here, it can be about the blog and writing good content. That's all I ever wanted.