Yesterday I had a job. Today, through no fault of my own, I don’t. I’m remarkably cheerful about it all things considered, except for one thing. I think I may have been fired. And now I’m in uncharted territory of figuring out what to do as a writer and a reporter when the place where you told your stories shuts down.
The stories are still there. People are telling you they want to read them. There are still places on the web where you can publish them. So, in the spirit of my mentor Om Malik, who told me to write what I must, I’ve set up this place to write the stories that I must write. Right now it’s an intro to where I am personally.
Yesterday afternoon, Gigaom shut its doors. I have no idea how long the site will stay up or how long my email will be active. The news was sudden and surprising, and I am proud of the way my colleagues stuck together and behaved. We looked out for each other and I expect we will continue to do so. What we had at Gigaom was special. It was a rare work environment where I not only liked, but respected all of my colleagues. I hope they all find jobs doing what they love, and if I can help them, I will.
As for me, I have learned several things. I suppose the first is that Twitter is a terrible medium for tracking requests and comments. So please reach out to me via email at Stacey at staceyhigginbotham dot com if you’d like to stay in touch, or you don’t get a response to a DM or tweet. I’m trying, but I know I’m missing a bunch. I also have learned that while blogging about tech may not change the world, I have made some very real friends who have reached out to help and cheer me up in astonishing ways.
To those who are saddened by the loss of Gigaom, I too am sad. It was a place where some truly knowledgeable, passionate and curious writers got to explore technology not for page views, but because they loved technology and because they believed it was truly important. I believe that came through in our work and in our events. While it’s a loss, I’m also grateful that I had the chance to do what I loved in place that I loved for eight years. That’s a crazy long time! So that’s what I’m going to focus on as I look for my next opportunity.
And I hope that as the Gigaom team scatters and then pops up at new places, you’ll continue to find that we still bring our same curiosity, passion and love of technology that kept you coming to Gigaom in the first place. Those articles may not always be in list format but they are good journalism. And I continue to believe good journalism is worth rewarding with your time, attention and even your dollars.
Thanks for reading.