Things sure do change in a hurry.
In Sterling’s recent piece, Even if you can beat ’em, he pointed out that he “blew a blog gasket” and unsubscribed from all of TechRepublic’s newsletters, and was subsequently asked to contribute to TR’s IT Consultant weblog regularly. As he put it: “Always wanting to back up my critical remarks by being part of the solution, I said yes.”
Well, whatever he caught, it seems to be going around — and I didn’t get vaccinated in time (thank goodness). Shortly after my own reluctant hit piece about TR’s issues, I too received an inquiry about writing for one of TechRepublic’s weblogs. At about the same time, I was assured (both on-site and off) that things would be getting better in terms of the format of email alerts at TR, so that I would hopefully find them useful again. I indicated that things had indeed improved, and hinted cryptically at the other matter in my follow-up developments at TechRepublic, but (alas) wasn’t ready to tell you any more.
That has changed, quite obviously.
I’m now a regular (about twice a week, it seems) paid contributor to the TR “IT Security” weblog, and my first post there is available under the title Five steps to becoming the local security guru. Enjoy, subscribe, and let me know what you think. Don’t forget to submit me to reddit or digg from time to time — and let me know when you do so, if you don’t mind.
By the way, I don’t actually recommend hit pieces on TR as a means of getting hired on, there. Remember — once is a fluke, and twice is only a coincidence. It takes at least three times to make a trend.