Finding a Discipline, Nick's 2011 Blog - Page 2
"I have to do something about the way I prep for travel. I intentionally get NO SLEEP and it’s dumb."
Why intentional? Think you'll be able to sleep on the flight?
I usually intend to sleep before a big trip, but end up with a ton of last-minute bullshit, or find I simply can't sleep(anticipation maybe).
When I went to Australia in late '09 I ended up being sleepless(and unshowered!) for 52-some odd hours. I was a mess. Part of that was due to weird layovers, and a baby crying on the entire flight to Brisbane From LAX(also Qantas had a great movie selection and free booze, even though the headphones weren't enough to drown out the kiddo), but still, never again.
...ah yes but what about catsup Mr.Nunziata?
I'm generally a good natured positive guy, but there's some people out there who just don't deserve any compassion whatsoever. Being a meanie can sometimes be a good thing.
That sucks to hear about what happened with you money, Nick.
Won't link every day in here. No point. Just will refresh here every several days.
Maybe I should link it!
I read these while listening to cheesy and/or epic movie soundtracks.
And I can recommend the head shaving. So much less trouble and so much more economical.
With you on Bill Hicks, he's good but not great. I think we are spoilt in the UK because so many of our comics have been doing simmilar standup for a long time. Mind you I am more of a fan of the likes of Dara O'Briain and Milton Jones.
Regarding your post on 4.30.11:
Why would you be 'sort of proud' over losing readers and contributors? That's like a restaurant owner saying that they're sort of proud over losing patrons and their best cooks/bartenders/servers. I won't pretend to be an expert in internet economics, but unless you're actively trying to go out of business, it simply does not make sense.
Regarding your post on 4.30.11:
Why would you be 'sort of proud' over losing readers and contributors? That's like a restaurant owner saying that they're sort of proud over losing patrons and their best cooks/bartenders/servers. I won't pretend to be an expert in internet economics, but unless you're actively trying to out of business, it simply does not make sense.
Folks act like they HAVE to only visit one movie site. They're all free and the content changes. Writers evolve. Most everyone changes. A lot of people when Devin left said they hated his work but grew to love it. The internet is a place of renewal. If CHUD continues going with different staff, who's to say it won't be great. If folks are only loyal to a site because of a contributor than if the choice is between following that author where they go and them staying here and complaining about the past or that "it's better when X was here" then for everyone's sake they'd be best going. The idea is that the site continues. We've gone through dozens of folks, most in peace but the acrimonious ones [and the Alex thing was fine until someone told him I was talking about him in my blog and then he quit halfway through the month and leaving ME in the lurch] get a lot more attention and people feel compelled to rip me as a person in public places.
The site will continue, and unfortunately though our numbers traffic-wise aren't horrible the ad market doesn't care. Most of the ads running are house ads that generate DICK in revenue. If the site can't afford staff it's irrelevant.
Bottom Line: I retained the staff I could. It was a very tough choice and one I communicated very lucidly and nicely with Damon and Alex. You can look at their very different responses to the situation as proof of the chaotic and unfair (and both sides) world of writing for the web.
So if people want to just follow persons, I'm fine with them leaving to follow them. Hence readers leaving. I see shit on Twitter like "after 10 years I'm de-bookmarking CHUD. Damon, Alex & Devin gone. Horrible forums. Terrible navigation. You're doing it wrong."... well those aren't MY audience anyway.
"I'm debookmarking CHUD"? What the fuck is that. Silly as hell. Reactionary.
Just like the myriad "I'm leaving" threads. They're meaningless. Just like Devin's heartfelt goodbye letter on the site. It's vapor. It's the internet.
CHUD's been a constant for a long time. If I choose to keep doing it, it'll go on for another 15. The readers and traffic will change. All I can control is what the site puts up and whom it entrusts with doing so. Vote with your mouse. Click here or click away. But enough of the bashing.
That said, I have begun to grow weary of people making me out to be a villain when that is so untrue. I'll probably hang my cleats up if it continues to be a headache. I have two young kids, a mother with cancer, and fifteen years in the can doing this. I don't have the bandwidth for the negative folks and the unappreciative ones anymore. Life's too short.
I just don't get how you can be "Sort of Proud" to lose contributors. These are employees you had to lay off. These are people with lives and families. As an employer with a life and family of your own, how can you be "sort of proud" to cut off an income source for them. Nick, I've been coming to this site and reading things by you for 7 years, and that has to be the most arrogant and self centered thing I've read from you.
Was there ever a time you thought about paying him out of pocket, you know, just to be a decent guy? Not a judgement, I'm just curious. Also is there ever a time when you're not feeling persecuted? Any time you're questioned it's all "I'm not the bad guy." Sometimes good people make bad decisions, own that shit man, that's all anyone is asking. But nope, same company line as always, you don't like it leave. Well now that people are leaving you're "sort of proud" of that. I just don't get it.
Shrink’s Chair: I am sort of proud that I’m losing some readers and contributors.
How would I interpret that differently than that you're sort of proud to be shorter employees than you once were? Yeah, you've been catching a lot of flack lately, and I've honestly just been avoiding the site because of a lot of negativity (which, I guess, you're proud of, whatever, you can target whatever audience you wish...), but I'd always known you to be more magnanimous when this stuff arose, in the past anyway. Maybe you hastily wrote that out, maybe you really mean that you're proud of it, and are backtracking now, but either way, if you have to lay people off, you might not want to appear as cavalier about it. My two cents.
I'm not trying to pick a fight with you or get into some sort of semantic battle...I can respect the desire to want to place your own stamp on your 'baby' and remake it according to your own wishes...but taking 'pride' in a loss in something that has resulted (and will continue to result) in a fiscal loss simply makes no sense.
- eta: Chris beat me to it on the above paragraph.
For what it's worth, MY only real issue with the site was with the virus shit and the way that it was handled and acknowledged.