"You are making yourself unemployable in the profession..." a concerned senior told me recently.
I had never thought of that really, you know. Until today. I guess there are those who can and will use some of the stuff I've mentioned on this blog against me, even if it is true. There are guys who will say that, "K is evil", or other crap like that. Managers who strike ridiculous deals and hope to keep them behind closed doors will say that I am a liability (because I write too much)not realising how much damage they themselves have done. They believe that readers should not know about crazy deals where editorial space is sold. The reputation of the media is being dragged through the mud and the entire industry is becoming a giant billboard, but don't question it.
See, if I do move along in my career, which I well might be or might not be doing anytime soon (depending of course, on this silly issue of employability), this blog will suffer as a result. I might be asked to stop writing here as a condition of employment, or I could be asked to start writing a proper signed blog. But, you know something, I really haven't ever cared too much about ruffling feathers, because feathers need to be ruffled every once in a while and people should question what we have become as a profession. Yeah, sure some people can get upset that I called some plan of theirs beserk, but this is the internet, buddy, get used to it. Rather me than some other half-wit somewhere else.
Yes I know some people are too scared to do their own thing and some people will never like me no matter what because I might have muttered something about their hygiene or lack of it at some time or another. And must you really be scared about a job. Must you really say that you will never question anything because you want to become a mindless drone writing the same old shit day in and day out. That isn't me, never been interested in doing that. I've never worked for the money, though I must admit in a position where I'm getting a lot of it, money is nice. I've got a fairly decent reputation beyond the blog, and yes, I'll admit I'm a bit lazy, but c'mon, who isn't? I am more than employable when it comes to knowing about stuff, more employable than most. Sure, I run a fairly popular blog, but should it matter? Then again, would I hire me? Maybe if I worked a bit harder, I would.
Will Presstalk die if I move along? It well might, but something will take its place, that much I can promise you. And don't worry, any which way, nothing is dying out anytime soon. As I said, this is the internet silly, get used to it!