The Parable Of The Employer, The Employee And The Blogger

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There was an employee who throughout his employment did an OK job and was considered by his boss to be a half decent bloke. There came a time when the employee wanted to try his hand somewhere else and he handed in his notice. His boss was sorry to see him go but thanked him nevertheless and tried to make his remaining days pleasant ones.

On the final day the employee left without even saying goodbye. The boss, short a man, had to do his job only to find that he had not done it properly leaving him to clean up the mess. I tell you that the boss will only remember the mess his former employee left and will not remember all the good that he had done previously.

The moral of this story is not to stuff up your good reputation by slacking off on your last day as it may come back to bite you in the ass.

There is a lesson here for all bloggers to take heed of, that every post is important and a blogger should only submit a post if it is the best that he can produce. This is especially true for those bloggers who have committed to post at least once everyday. I say to you, that it is better to miss a day or two rather than to publish a sub standard post.

The thing is that you never know which page a visitor may land on and it may well be that one post that should never have been published. It could cost you a subscriber or at the very least increase your bounce rate. Do it often enough and your reputation as a reputable blogger is sure to suffer. So, take my advice and scrutinize every post before hitting the submit button, and if you are not completely satisfied, it is far better to delete or to save it as a draft in order to tweak it for a later date.


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  1. This actually happened to me Mitch only this week as it was one of my employees. I could not believe that he left in such a fashion, considering only gave one weeks notice instead of the standard two.

    I’ve decided not to employ anyone else for awhile and take on the extra burden thereby saving some cash. The only drawback is that it will affect the frequency of my posts, but then you can’t have everything can you?

    BTW, I voted on that article of yours on BE making it 4 votes so far. Pretty good mate.

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      Thanks Sire. And I was going to bet it was something that just happened to you; weasels. Some folks have to learn lessons the hard way.

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      1. I was actually pretty cut up by his actions. My brother and eye bend over backwards for our employees. Due to the company that we work for forcing us to move our operations far enough to incur an extra 30 minutes in travel time meaning higher costs we had to restructure the way we work things. At the time this guy left he was working three days a week and getting paid for five. Not only that but he was also getting paid above award wages.

        Hope his new job works out for him because I can’t see us taking him back.

  2. Hi Sire,
    It’s a good story to drive home your point on the quality of your post. I think there could be a lot of bloggers who worry more about SEO than how humans view their post. You know Sire, you are on the road to greatness. I always tell people they cannot get rich working for someone else. Well you’re not working for someone else and you’re becoming a great blogger.


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  3. Hi Peter, you know I probably would be rich if I could go back and not make some of the mistakes that I have made on the road to financial freedom. It hasn’t been all bad as I have learned a lot along the way, and there is still time to achieve my goals.

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    Good story, Sire, and a valid point also. Every job I’ve ever had, I’ve left it in tip top shape, because you never know if you’ll be seeing those same people again, since you’re usually in the same industry.

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  5. Some reflections to do there.. Its true that it is important to leave a good last impression because you never know when you need that..

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    1. It’s a lesson I learned from my father and hopefully my kids have listened long enough to learn from me.

  6. Haha, it’s a business bible – where can I pick up my copy?

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  7. I’m glad that you got that inference from the post Simon. Where do you want me to send your copy?

  8. To my email would be nice :)

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  9. OK, let me do some calculations………at my current work rate I reckon it will be done in about 200 years. Just let me know if you change your email in that time.

  10. Don’t worry, I’ll hold on to this email and keep it especially for you and check it everyday for the next 200 years :)

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  11. Oh, great! Now I have to live up to another promise. When will I learn to keep my big mouth shut. :doh_tb:

  12. I think every job I have ever left, I have busted arse during the last two weeks to make sure any loose ends were tied up, and that any information that only I had access to was passed on to the appropriate person, that way no one was left hanging. Good point to applying that to blogging, as people could do a random search and end up seeing any article on your site as the first impression.

    ~ Kristi

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  13. It’s common sense Kristi, I don’t understand why people don’t see it. Even if I was working for a boss who was a real jerk I would still bust my chops on those final days just so he knew what he was losing.

  14. I agree totally with you about always giving your best – it’s a matter of personal and professional pride. But I would temper your advice slightly about not publishing something unless you’re absolutely happy with it – if you’re a real perfectionist like me, you’d never publish anything!
    Great post though!

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  15. Good point Rodney and it’s one I take seriously as I was a perfectionist in many ways so I know what you mean. I have learned, with time, not to be so fussy otherwise I probably would never have taken up blogging. Still, it has to be pretty damn good before I submit anything.

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