Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Hello, again...

As I feel quite confident that no one is reading us anymore (not even "us" most of the time) I will keep this brief. I recently quit my job. I am now frantically searching not only for a new one but some idea of what I want the new one to be...I have turned away from the web probably at a time when it would be most helpful and I have turned so far inward that I have come out the other side - ever watch a little brother pour salt on a slug?

Moving on...

I just wanted to say, again, we are still here, still trying to keep our little blog afloat. Just a heads up that our contributions to the world wide web will be sporadic at best. Note: we will try for a couple of times a month.

So, I look forward to reconnecting with the web and the bloggers I have grow so fond of reading and I want to thank our loyal readership when we had you, if we still do, and those of you that -miracle of miracles - may even now be new to us.

Sincerely, Nigel


Anonymous Chris said...

Hi Nigel, I think I can understand what you're feeling. Check out most of my blog posts from the period of January to May 2005. Use those of us out here who do still read and care (believe it or not, I'll bet I'm not the only one) as sympathetic ears and encouraging conspirators in helping you figure what to do next.

The challenge is asking for help. Trust me, it's not easy to do, but the results might just be extraordinary.

Be well.

11:11 AM  
Blogger nigel said...

Thank you Chris...I have enjoyed keeping up with your writing this year (via Rosa) and appreciate your reminder to not let myself shrink too far, for too long, into my shell.

10:30 PM  
Blogger Rosa Say said...

Aloha Nigel,

As Chris says, do remember that we in the Ho'ohana Community are still here for you, and for Jay!

Job transitions can be tough, but they can be joyful too when you next emerge with the sense of renewal a job held in ho'ohana can bring you. I am confident you shall find your way to better things.

We do watch for your updates, however we also understand how life should take center stage more often than not, and the blogs should wait, for they will. And we will.

If not posting here, consider jumping back into the comment conversation elsewhere in our community -- please know we are always keeping your seat warm!

With much aloha, Rosa

11:32 PM  
Blogger Dwayne Melancon said...

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1:18 AM  
Blogger Dwayne Melancon said...

As Chris says, the hardest part can be asking for help (at least that's true for me).

I'm glad you posted about this rather than keeping it in.

What did you do before, and what are you thinking about doing next? If you can share some of your thoughts with the community, we might just be able to help you land someplace nice.

Good thoughts and prayers coming your way.


1:21 AM  
Anonymous Yvonne DiVita said...

I am a member of Rosa's HOC and as such, I think this blog is very important in the overall scheme of things. It's another true, personal voice. One the web should not lose. One the blogosphere is the better for.

I would like to encourage you to hang in there. Keep blogging! Asking for help is always so hard, but there are tons of us out here who are ready and willing to listen, and do whatever we can.

I'd be happy to do a Smart Blogger Online interview of you over at Lip-sticking. With the focus on your ability to connect with so many people -- just by being you!

The offer stands open indefinitely.

4:35 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Nigel - I can feel your frustration on two counts. The job and wondering about your readership. I would like to recommend you check out Dick Richard's book Is Your Genius at Work? Dick is a fellow member of our HOC community.

As for the "where is everybody?" question...look at it this way: To be helped, help. The community at Talking Story is richly laden with intelligent and caring people. Get involved with them and they will get involved with you.

Hang in there, hold your head up and realize you are not going it alone!

5:05 AM  
Anonymous Beth said...

My own blog has been as silent as a snowy winter's night for many moons, ironically because I took a job. Just as my non-blogging friends understand that I am occupied with establishing a new life in Hawaii, and wait patiently for me to resurface, I know when I am ready to write again, the readership will be waiting. The last thing you need to do is compound the emotions around finding a new job, perhaps a new work identity, with guilt around not blogging!

Execukos was originally founded around the idea of professional executive career management...not just transitions but the whole enchilada. I have a wealth of resources I'd gladly share with you. Have you read Crossing the Unknown Sea by poet David Whyte? Please feel free to contact me directly if you'd like my kokua.

7:35 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

I've enjoyed reading your blog regularly. Job hunting is a process that can be challenging. It also can be revealing. Just remember that you only need to find one...the right one.

Good luck...keep on blogging. Love to hear how things are going!

8:57 AM  
Blogger Brendon said...

I can empathize. You've got the blog guilt thing and you've got the work thing. The work thing makes you less motivated to do the blog thing, which gives you more guilt, which you really don't need right now, thank you very much. Yeah, been there.

The work thing is important, obviously. Focus there. Do the blog thing if it gives you value. Your blog gives *me* value, but don't hitch your wagon to my opinions. :-)

As someone wisely told me not long ago on my own blog, this is what RSS is for. I subscribe to a lot of blogs. I don't generally notice when they *don't* post. I'll catch them when they do. Don't worry about the blog, just post when you've got good stuff to post.

As for work, you know what to do. The suggestion to read Dick Richards' book is a good one. Of course there are plenty more to read as well. In the end you gotta line up your work with your interests. Easier than it sounds, but not impossible. Again, you already know this stuff.

Best of luck to you, keep us posted!

9:45 AM  
Blogger David St Lawrence said...

We are still out here and will be waiting when you return.

Tell everyone you know that you are looking for work. Networking is the key to your next job.

Return soon!

11:49 AM  
Blogger Jape said...

I know I am the twelfth comment in this ever-growing list, but I had to contribute. I too shall wait patiently for the day when you and Jay return to posting.
While you're briefly back on, feel free to check out my all-new and improved blog, which is linked to from my old blog.
Warning: new blog contains even less relevent discussion material than old blog.


PS - Protect your gums, remove cookies from oven a few minutes early.
PPS - Miss you, but you suck at pool worse than I do.

5:26 PM  
Blogger Al said...

Nigel, I think there are a lot of words of wisdom - and support - here for you. Take to heart the fact that people care so much about your well-being. as they truly mean it, as do I.

I'd hire you in a flash, if I had a company!

1:24 AM  
Blogger Target Market said...

Wow Nigel, look at this! Did you have any idea you had such a big circle of support? Well now you know. Don't feel too lonely. There are many of us waiting with open arms to give you any caring and support you might need, now or in the future.

You have taken some "inside time" to look within and figure out what it is that you *really* want in a career; to understand what it is that gives your life meaning. That is more than many people do from the day they are born to the day they die. I admire you greatly for having the strength and courage of your convictions to do what you knew to be right, even in the face of uncertainty and fear.

You are a rare gem and I value your friendship immensely! Lots of love and positive thoughts to you.

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Dwayne Melancon said...

So - what is up with you two? Please let us know.

8:39 PM  
Blogger Target Market said...

I sit alone, listening to the wind whistle thorough the dry canyons of this blog, where once a fascinating river of ideas flowed to nourish the tired spirits and thirsty mind of online travellers journeying to this land...

When, oh when, shall those sweet waters return? When shall the dear nyads of these ferlile waterways grace us once again with their melodious voices and delicious wit? Alas, I do not know. But I do know that there must have been pressing matters indeed, to cause them to abandon this glorious birthplace of ideas.

I wish them well in attending to these matters, and pray that they shall someday return to bestow their gifts of wisdom upon us once more.

Ah, sweet hyperbole...

TM ;)

12:57 PM  
Blogger Rosa Say said...

Aloha Jay & Nigel,
Thinking of you today with much aloha, and hoping all is well.

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Drac said...

No more feeling sorry for yourself. Suck it up Princess. And put a smile on that face. You're too pretty to look sad.

Post something positive.

9:34 AM  

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