The problem with freelancing

Is that you don’t so much work for a publication, you work for an editor. And when there’s a regime change, the editor “moves on to other opportunities” as has just happened at The Register, then said editor’s freelance minions and lackeys all get to have their labour liberated at the same time.

Sigh.

30 thoughts on “The problem with freelancing”

  1. I really like The Register mainly due to articles by Lewis Page, yourself and some others. If you are all going, so might I.

  2. Lewis was very um-PC, especially on Climate Change.

    As I am not a conspiratory theorist, I can’t imaging that the Green Blob had him removed.

  3. That’s crap. You two were the best ones there. Won’t bother with that site any more, apart from BOFH.

  4. I won’t say you’re the only authors I read there, but certainly you, Page and Dabbs are the ones I read regularly and whose name on the article will get me to open it.

    BOFH too, but “regularly” doesn’t really apply there 🙂

  5. That really sucks but if it’s of any consolation I’ll follow you and Lewis (and others like Orlowski) wherever you choose to go.

  6. Pity, as Tim’s articles tend to generate a huge number of comments. A good editor should see that level of reader interaction as something to keep hold of, not chuck out just because they’re not pally with the person who creates the large number of site visits.

  7. A good editor should see that level of reader interaction as something to keep hold of, not chuck out just because they’re not pally with the person who creates the large number of site visits.

    Why would somebody’s ability at doing a job be considered important in 2015? Hasn’t the last decade of corporate management shown us that competence and ability are secondary (if that) to personal connections, being “on message”, and general conformity?

  8. Not just the last decade Tim N. Making your boss look good has always been the way to power. Even if you are crap at what you do, blame everyone else for your failures, and don’t give a crap about your employees, you will still get ahead if you can make your manager look good.

  9. Closest I ever got to being fired was when I completed a project proposal to add $30 million operating profit/year. The sponsor had already promised a plant closure to the Board, and my proposal clearly demonstrated it was the wrong thing to do. The sponsor wanted me fired, but luckily I had a long-standing supporter on the board who realized what had happened and the sponsor got moved.

  10. That’s awful news. I read El Reg and your site separately for years, but I was pleased to see your articles on El Reg – they were interesting and became for me a highlight of the site. I wonder how the tone of the site will change; the lack of political correctness is the best bit about the site.

    Maybe you can go write for The Inquirer instead? Weren’t they the product of an El-Reg schism many moons ago?

  11. Making your boss look good has always been the way to power. Even if you are crap at what you do, blame everyone else for your failures, and don’t give a crap about your employees, you will still get ahead if you can make your manager look good.

    No wonder so many once-great companies fail to perform and crash spectacularly. I’m sure there are a number of executives in Sony, Canon, and the like wondering how the hell GoPro has managed to come from nowhere and set the standard for helmet and body cams.

  12. This is a real shame. I’ve always liked El Reg anyway, before you worked for it, Tim, so a new editor isn’t too worrying. But a new editor who decides to get rid of you is worrying.

    And I’ll miss Page as well. Is Orlowski still there?

  13. It’s really weird when you discover someone whose writing you admire is reading your writing.

    It’s even weirder when you write for years covering the Dubai Russian hooker scene and trips to Russia with, ahem, nice young ladies you happen to have met in Dubai, and you then find out your entire family – including aunts and cousins you haven’t seen since you were 15 – all read it. :-0

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