Not quite how everyone else recalls it

Richard Murphy says:
October 21 2017 at 4:34 pm
I was Forbes first ever paid UK blogger

Well, actually they pay almost nothing

And to be candid, I could not be bothered, wanting to keep the material on one place

Not convinced about that first, think there were some before the recruitment drive which picked him up. And prompted me to go ask for a job.

As to paying near nothing I did rather well for a number of years. Best month there was €17,000. Yes, month.

But then people were reading what I was writing.

The current best bet is that I too will be fired – but I did last a rather larger number of years.

30 thoughts on “Not quite how everyone else recalls it”

  1. “wanting to keep the material on one place”

    Where his nonsense cannot be challenged as he controls who can comment.

  2. “The current best bet is that I too will be fired.”

    Eh? Didn’t Forbes already fire you? Or was that elsewhere?

  3. Technically I am currently suspended. The longer this goes on the less likely that is to be reversed of course. What has delayed is that the former Tutti Capi of the editors has gone off to edit the LA Times. Probably won’t be a decision until whoever replaces him is decided.

  4. Tim – do you have any idea what the rate per word would have been when you hit 17k in a month? Or what your overall Forbes rate per word was?

  5. RPW no. What happened that particular month is that I was getting good traffic anyway (1 million readers for the month) and then one piece got 700 k readers on its own on top. A trivial piece about how the blog of the Minister insisting on porn filtering was filtered because she mentioned porn so much.

    A more reasonable estimate over time is that I was making $60k to $80 k a year, that falling over time as Google changed indexing policies so that this last year might have been around $40k.

  6. Solid Steve 2: Squirrels of The Patriots

    but I did last a rather larger number of years

    Neoliberal lies. I feel sure it was only a few months ago you bearded the loon in his Forbes den.

  7. Murphaloon:

    “I have known Max Lawson, head of advocacy and pubic policy at Oxfam for longer than either of us probably care to recall. Most weekends”

    🙂

  8. Tim

    Were you fired from The Register or did you just get sick of the interminable virtue-signalling and wilful failure to comprehend in the comments?

  9. Fired.

    Editor changed and as usually happens when that does the roster of freelances changes. That’s how the business works, the editor uses his preferred freelance network to shift the publication in his preferred direction.

  10. “What happened that particular month is that I was getting good traffic anyway (1 million readers for the month) and then one piece got 700 k readers on its own on top.”
    Presumably Forbes’ visit counter records a visit when it gets a page load request. Can’t help but wonder how many of those were aborted during the interminable time it takes a browser to load all the shit Forbes insists on cluttering up its site with.

  11. @Fuller

    In fairness Tim departed after the editorial change: el Reg was an essential read up until that: Bulgarian airbags as the official until of volume and all that

  12. So Ritchie had a falling out with Forbes then. To add to the ones with the Labour Party, the TUC, the Tax Justice Network, the Guardian, various NGO’s, etc. Is there anyone he can get on with?

  13. I understand youre under suspension, but the article that precipitated your suspension expresses a sentiment that Steve Forbes probably agrees with

  14. Quite probably. But American journalism is a lot to the left of centre as a culture. Editorial teams are at minimum culturally leftish. I offended that amour propre more than anything else.

  15. “But American journalism is a lot to the left of centre as a culture.” That explains why it can’t work any more. The Establishment that they should be investigating is themselves and their cronies, so of course no critical thinking nor spadework occurs.

  16. I get why your article stuck in the editorial craw. I get why it was reviled.

    I don’t get why it was grounds for suspension/dismissal. Is controversy something Forbes are avoiding now?

  17. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Tom’s articles were the only reason to read Forbes’ site which is otherwise corporatist semolina indistinguishable from any of a dozen other publications.

  18. @Tim Worstall, October 22, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Technically I am currently suspended. The longer this goes on the less likely that is to be reversed of course.

    For one article that angered a handful of SJW snowflakes?

    Sounds rather draconian, some of your others had heated exchanges for & against over several days in comments eg Food Stamps being sold for cash.

    USA free speech etc ?

    Have you approached MoneyWeek, one Merryn Somerset Webb writes for?

  19. @Tim Worstall, October 22, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Fired.

    Editor changed and as usually happens when that does the roster of freelances changes. That’s how the business works, the editor uses his preferred freelance network to shift the publication in his preferred direction.

    Since The Register fired Lewis Page my site visits have gradually declined from 5-10 articles per day to now <once per week with max ~6 articles per month.

    Global rank down from ~3,700th to 6,700th – Daily Pageviews per Visitor 1.76; Daily Time on Site 2:30 [time reqd to read list of new articles?]; Bounce Rate 72.80%

  20. Tim really enjoyed your stuff for Vulture Central.
    It was always different from the purely tech oriented content.
    Don’t this the wrong way but Lewis is a bigger loss, but that is from my bias have having worked mainly in the defence sector for most of my career.

  21. Same here, Tom. Lewis was a first rate technical writer, but also gave ElReg a distinctive shape that is now being lost amid generic virtue-signalling. I understand he’s working on a sequel to his “Lions, Donkeys and Dinosaurs” (it’s not as though there’s any shortage of new material, sadly).

  22. I found this site via El Reg… Don’t go there anymore – it lost all of the fun after the change as it stopped presenting varied opinions and views… I liked the fact i could read two conflicting stories with different links and then make up my own mind…

  23. ‘The current best bet is that I too will be fired – but I did last a rather larger number of years.’

    That’s unfortunate news, Tim, albeit not altogether surprising. Between twin attacks from Islamic fundamentalism and the Hard Left (of whatever stripe) these are dark times for Free Speech.

    Although not for everyone – one of Murphy’s rivals to the title of ‘most ignorant writer extant in cyberspace’ thinks everything is hunky dory… https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/education/2017/10/threat-free-speech-campus-right-wing-fantasy

  24. ElReg without Lewis has become yet another Left SJW Snowflake site. Not worth reading comments either now where in the past one often learned more from commentards than article.

    @Raffles, October 23, 2017 at 10:50 am
    &
    @Pellinor, October 23, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Yep BoFH & OnCall is about all I read there now.

    I too arrived here via [email protected]

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