I just became a statistic. Now to figure out if I can do this Universal Hub/bloggy thing full time and actually make money at it (well, enough to support a family on, that is).
Sorry to hear that, Adam. Any juicy details?
If you become destitute, I'll treat you to a pizza at The Pleasant. That's one meal you can count on, anyway :-)
It was a layoff. Yeah, it sucks, but the company's been good to me over the years, so nothing juicy to report.
Very sorry to hear your news. UH is great, has better news than the newspapers, and you are very talented....it's just a matter of time that you find another good job..hope it's a short wait for you. These days, no one is safe from layoffs.
I'm so sorry to hear this, Adam. Good luck!
(Especially after I just sent another newly unemployed journalist friend your way to see if you could help her...)
And I'd be happy to buy you lunch or dinner or a drink some time soon.
Sorry to hear that - I know the feeling.
Get the Globe to hire you to do their Your Town right.
They have been known to read the the stories here... HEY GLOBE HERES YOUR CHANCE!
Yes I'm shouting. If you want to get new readers for your newspaper, hire Adam and pay him to be your liaison with the blogging community.
Boston Globe headline for the lifestyle section tomorrow
"Local bloggers whos regular commenters push them for jobs with the Boston Globe, growing epidemic?"
I agree. One of those papers should find a place for you online.
Very sorry to hear that Adam. Your site is awesome and good luck.
Sorry to hear that, Adam. I do enjoy your website, though. Keep up the good work!
I feel so bad I might just go click on a sidebar.
Adblock Plus > "Disable on www.universalhub.com" > Click!
Join the club - out-of-work bloggers.
I'm sorry to hear that Adam. Tough times in the media, these days.
I will spread the word around. You might want to e-mail me - my husband's firm is looking for some niche programmer type people with mad skilz for specific stuff.
Alas, I'm really a journalist - I may talk a good game, but I couldn't program my way out of a paper bag.
How about all of us sign into linkedin and recommend Adam? Having 5000 people all call you a beacon of light in the city probably says something?
It's really not a good idea to link up to any old stranger. The point of LinkedIn is to only link with people you know, trust, have worked with, believe in, etc. Or so I was told and have seen people act...but maybe some people are looser about it than I am.
Clarification: I don't mean that I wouldn't link to Adam- I mean that Adam might not want to link with random weirdos like us.
As a general rule with my Linked in I only accept/add people as connections if I think they can offer an answer to a simple question like "How do you know Shadymilkman?" "What is the quality of Shadymilkmans work?" "Do you even know who Shadymilkman is?"
Sure I could add Adam as a connection, but what happens when someone asks him about knowing me? He is going to say "he is some guy who is a serial commentor on my blog, other then that I dont much about him, except for the fact he seems to know Nahant pretty well."
(That's 2 kinds, in decimal)
Actually, even amongst sane people, there's wide variety of what sort of links are accepted. I definitely agree on the "quality vs. quantity" side - I go for quality only, and have actually dropped a few people who I realized I really didn't know very well on my profile.
But it's also a good point about which of us Adam might actually want to link to. 8->
If you ever want to come write for myDedhamNews.com, you are more than welcome to. I can't pay you, but you can have all the beer you can drink out of my fridge.
How about if he drinks the beer first, and then writes a story for myDedhamNews.com?
similar to brighton centered?
...because after some of these meetings, he will need a drink.
Either drunk or dead tired. Concentrates the mind!
I'm usually at my finest when I'm ticked off. Alcohol does nothing but help that as well.
You are very skilled at turning minimal code into a master piece.
There are lots of us out here who would love to repay all the good that Universal Hub has brought into our lives.
I owe you hundreds of laughs.
Be sure we all know what you are seeking and how we might point you to opportunities. Time for some of the good karma to return to you.
You can practice your one minute elevator spiel on us!
UH is a touchstone for me, too. Let us know what we should look for!
I appreciate it!
I think I'll probably take a day or so off just to catch my breath, then I'll start working on that elevator pitch :-).
Not having a job is pretty no fun. But, thanks to hiring freezes, there's plenty of freelance writing out there for unemployed journalists like myself. Silver lining...
Wow, that's tough if not unexpected news. If you want more pizza after Suldog picks you up a pie, put me down for another trip to the Pleasant (or Golden House if it's Chinese you hunger for). Maybe the Globe will figure out it needs somebody who understands this whole blogging and citizen journalism thig.
i come to work every day with a lump in my throat. i know everything will workout for you. good luck
Sorry to hear this--and not to be a Polly-anna or anything--but I am certain that this is going to turn into an opportunity for you to turn the talent you display on this website into something. It's definitely in the air that this is going to turn into something what with the thing in the Phoenix last week and all the talk I hear about this site. Keep us updated. This website is so essential to me--I check it more than any other.
It is a disease that is spreading but there is a cure; it is called leveraging the network for the right opportunity. Keep us posted on how we can help.
Good luck in coming up with something else (whether UH-related or otherwise).
bummer, Adam, sorry to hear it.
I'm not sure if this will provide the needed income stream, but I was just thinking yesterday, "hey, The Swellesley Report has tshirts! Where are the UH ones?"
but, given the weather, probably wouldn't have much chance to wear it until at least April.
I get the impression that some people make quite a bit of dough from selling stuff there (I haven't, but my stores have limited appeal). I noticed that CNN.com sells shirts with whatever story headline has appeared on the site.
Good luck, Adam.
I think UHub t-shirts are a good idea anyway. You just need to come up with a snappy motto and logo.
And there should definitely be a French Toast Alert t-shirt.
... are here:
French Toast Alert!
Who gets a commission when someone buys one of those French Toast Alert shirts?
Am I wrong?
Thought it's already been said :sorry to hear about your "other" job.
I figured working on UH was already a full-time job as it is :=).
I'm sure you will find success somewhere else - along
with the others I hope some smart person at The Boston Globe
recognizes your talent and offers, at the least, some
sort of working partnership with you, if not a full-time job.
I hope you find another position at a company that doesn't make a habit of laying off staff on a regular basis. The Globe doesn't fit that criteria, alas.
But if they manage to go in the right direction online, those people will be the ones who keep their jobs.
Sorry to hear about the layoff Adam - hope you got some severance & can enjoy a little time off.
Bummer, your site is one of my favorites in my google reader - I can't wait to see how it improves with the extra attention while you're on your [hopefully short] work-hiatus. Good luck!!
You may be a statistic, but you are certainly not alone. The rumors around h.b.'s office over at Soxaholix are coming true and it sounds like they're shutting down his job site soon.
If it gets too bad, don't be afraid to setup a paypal link. I'm sure you would get a very decent "first swell" of support from the community when you first put it up.
If a talented person like AG loses his job, the economy must be really bad.
Adam, I'm sorry to welcome you into the unemployed journalists club. Hope you have severance. I'll join the chorus here that says the Globe would scoop you up if they were smart, but I have a feeling you could definitely turn UHub into more of a moneymaker.
I'm sorry Adam, that's terrible. I'll keep a lookout for anything that may look like it'll work.
Good luck turning this into a profitable venture. If anyone can do it I'm sure it's you.
I am so sorry to hear this Adam! It has not been a good time for those of us in the media, and I have to admit I am surprised you got a pink slip of all people. Let's hope we all find work soon... I am hoping for the best.
That's too bad Adam... I have been fired several times, my advice is take a couple days. But then let us know what you do and what you want to do, if you have any skills etc. There are probably readers who can help you.
Sorry to hear about the layoff, Adam! But you're in good company with the rest of us who were laid off!
Very sorry to hear the news.
I truly think you're better off that sinking ship. Hang in there and find something worthy of your talent!
You do it well!
This is rampant - all industries, all walks of life, literally each day - today is a bad day for a lot of people in the region.
Maybe it's time to put up a PayPal button.
Do you get extra ad revenue based on click-throughs?
Left Ahead! today? Do you want a link here so people can listen live?
Like so many other folks have commented, this site is just too important not to grow. You have so many dedicated readers who are your biggest fans (OK, your family probably likes you more) and we would do anything to help. As yet another unemployed writer of many many years, there are freelance writing jobs out there that could keep you busy, but give you enough time to grow this site into a real money maker. My guess is, you have enough traffic to get some big advertisers lined up.
Worry more about you than us as far as creating revenue is concerned. We'll all be OK. But we want you to be OK as well. And just ask if you need anything. Someone out here in UHland will be able to help.
Okay, now that you are employment-challenged, how can we kick in a few dollars through the website so that it doesn't become a "keep UHub up versus feed Kidlet" situation?
I feel like I'm freeloading here now.
...or just add HTML that points to a static page for the French Toast Fund :)
I think there's definitely a business model for a site like UH to provide for a full-timer. If I were in your position, I would absolutely pursue this as your main source of income.
I think you'd have to grow it to be more of a hyperlocal media thing, beyond just the valuable aggregator it is now, but I think your background might be a good fit. I hear that myballard.com (a hyperlocal news site for a Seattle neighborhood) is doing well, might be a model to look at.
I've got more ideas, and some resources, if you ever need to bounce ideas off of anyone, my email address is in this form!
Good luck, Adam!
That is some suck-ass news. Man but this economic climate has now kicked too many awesome people in the teeth. How do you kick it back?
And what can we do to help out? For the time being I'm clicking all the ads, okay. (Apparently they serve food at Chili's. Who knew?)
I'd love to think you could make a living doing UH. You certainly work hard enough at it. Best of luck!
Adam, sorry and stunned to hear this. Thought they'd keep their best folks up to the end, but guess not. But I really do think this will be a good thing in the end, with you winding up in a Real Good Place. It worked out that way for me, and for several others I know who were jettisoned by that mother ship, and we don't have your fan base and loyal network:)
Now you can devote all your time and brainz to coming up with a sustainable profitable business model for journalism!
I kid. Sort of. Best of luck to both you and UHub in navigating these treacherous waters.
If you set up an Amazon affiliates link and store, a lot of us will start our Amazon shopping here. They have a great commission structure that should produce some good income from your loyal reader base.
Check out Text Link Ads. I was making $300 per month, but you would pull more, I assume.
Are you sure it wasn't because you were spending all your time on UH, and not on your real job? Did the IT guys finally sniff enough packets to justify termination?
You really are something.
Something really vile.
so I'm not sure how that one slipped through.
To the gutless anon: Be civil to the host, or go away. It's his house.
The anon was making a point, and it seems like Adam doesn't want to stiffle the opinions of others. Something about democratic ideals and all that jazz.
He spends all his time sniffing around other people's packets. The T Perv Patrol will get him sooner or later.
And to a family member I really like and respect.
You have been so kind to me and mine, please let me know if the little one needs anything.
So sorry to hear it...good luck, whatever you decide to do.
sorry to hear about the job but since you are out of work how about running for office.....mayor? city council?
Unfortunately, you wouldn't be able to blog on politics -- or show any snarkiness -- if you work for somebody's Mayoral campaign.
But maybe you could help them choose a better time to roll out big messages (compared to Sunday mornings at 7 am). And select better kitchen furnishing colors.
I am so sorry to hear about your layoff. I've always thought that if you could give UH your full-time attention, you could turn it into something people would emulate across the country. But now is not the best time for that.
So, yes, the Boston Globe should hire you as quickly as it can and move Universal Hub onto Boston.com. We all know the Globe is shrinking, but it needs a strategy for the future. If it's not going to have as many reporters, then it's got to offer some intelligent aggregation of what's already out there.
What about it, Globe?
Sorry to hear Adam,
I'll make sure to disable adblock for this site until you find a new job, or UH acquires the globe.
With the way the globe trotting, you might be able to pull that last one off sooner then you think!
I am so, so sorry.
We've seen it often enough through the years. And we've actually seen good come of it. I am absolutely sure you're going to fall into Category 2.
But it most assuredly doesn't feel good right now.
Particularly when the message is skills, brains, experience and a good attitude don't equal job security.
Having been through similar experiences (several times), I have been fortunate enough to always eventually land in a better situation than the previous one. So I'm sending my positive thoughts your way. And if I may say, this site is probably the best "resume" you could desire.
did you see it coming?! I am so sorry to hear it.
So sorry to hear this, Adam! But as many have said, perhaps this is just a blessing in disguise presenting the opportunity to segue your hobby into your means of income. I'm also disabling my ad-blocker for this site; please consider the Amazon link and Paypal suggestions and in the meantime, put your feet up, have an Irish coffee and be glad you at least don't have to commute today in yet another snowstorm. And if there is anything any of us can do, please don't hesitate to put it out there.
From one of your countless loyal readers,
All the best,
So sorry to hear it, Adam! I agree with all the others who think that the Globe/Boston.com ought to scoop you up and fast.
Sorry to hear that.
And, FYI--you're doing a great job here that we all really appreciate. It's hard imagining getting through a day in & around Boston w/o the centralized information you provide . . .
Hang in there!
It was really tough to get to a comment screen -- I somehow kept clicking on those ad things all over the page. This may become a habit. Fill up the page with 'em. Or get a sponsor... like "Citizen's Bank Universal Hub Brought to You by Roche Bros."
Sorry to hear it, Adam. I'll put money on the Globe, they will absolutely need somebody who knows the news to keep figuring out how to grab headlines and ledes automatically from other local newspapers -- and how to defeat various roadblocks thrown up by those papers' websites -- all the while adding in bitter sarcasm and thoughtful insight.
If not, I bet that newly-promoted DeLeo might need a press officer. Anything to get better press than his predecessor. Worked for Derjue.
Maybe now you'll have time for blogging?
Believe it or not, it's called click fraud, and the advertising companies watch for it.
Just be more willing to consider the ads...or provide feedback to Adam on what kind of ads you think would be good to see on the site.
For example, maybe an all-weather french toast delivery service would be perfect advertisers here.
I've avoided the axe myself in this recession, but was out of work for eight months during the last one... It sucks.
Maybe you can go to Congress and get some of that bailout money. Universal Hub is too big to fail!
Read it here
"Gaffin's ability to find what's interesting, entertaining and important while holding down a demanding day job has always been awe-inspiring. If he were able to devote his full attention to it, Universal Hub would only become better. (In most respects, anyway. No doubt he would no longer offer his acidic observations about certain Globe columnists.)"
The Globe should take the lead of the Faux... I mean Fox Network and allow itself to be openly mocked in its own pages/website. When you watch a Fox tv show or movie nine times out of ten a random swipe at media in general results in a slam on Fox itself. It shows that Fox has a sense of humor and it gets the name out there again, people also forgive them for mentioning the name so many times because its almost always putting Fox in a bad light (normally people hate it when you self promote.) Think of it this way, you attack Globe columns at least once a day and LINK to them... I bet you it would increase readership, and advertisers don's care why viewership is up, they just want to reach more people.
Don't break your arm patting yourself on the back. At your next job, don't spend so much time on UH.
Dan Kennedy thinks that the Boston Globe should acquire Universal Hub and Adam.
But has Adam laid down the gauntlet? He suggests taking on boston.com directly with a less-expensive ad-driven business model:
“I think there is a market for a news/discussion site in Boston -- one that can provide a useful service to visitors and make money at ad rates a lot lower than boston.com charges,” Gaffin said in an email, referring to the site operated by the Boston Globe.
Go for it, Adam! Until the Globe cries uncle!
The best way to make your competitor buy you out is to threaten to overtake them first. :)
Adam, as a relative newbie to UH, I've come to understand very quickly why this blog represents what "community journalism" is all about. I'm very sorry to hear about your layoff, and hope that this will prove to be the proverbial blessing in disguise -- hopefully by way of turning UH into the paying gig it should be for you.
With best wishes, David
Being another of the statistics from today, let me know if there's anything I can do to help Universal Hub be a success. I promise to Digg anything you get Dugg. ;-)
I found you. Yep, I'm taking a few days out as well. The flowers are blooming. If UH ever needs a blog about California, lemme know! Good luck to us all. (I love this blog UI)
Very few people realize the tremendous amount of effort it takes to pull off a well done blog. You've been on the vanguard Adam!
You've got the goods!
But tell me, is it really possible to make $ blogging?
Maybe it would be helpful for all of us to focus on this issue???
Besides Google Ad Words????????...where do you go?
Maybe if we band together on the local blogs we can put the Globe out to pasture...by showing them how it's done.
I hope the Globe goes along with Dan Kennedy's idea.
Check out my sports, politics, music and Watertown issues blog
This situation should be one of the discussions on channel 2's (or channel 19's for DTV viewers)"Beat the Press" on Friday night.
Emily Rooney has said some very un-nice things about bloggers. Doubtful it would be a discussion topic
That's okay, because some bloggers have said some un-nice things about Emily Rooney. It all works out!
Emily who? :-).
Isn't she also a blogger?
I'm so sorry to hear about the layoff - hang in there and I'll join the chorus rooting for the Globe to come to its senses and work with you!
Best wishes, Adam.
Layoffs happen. In this case, I bet they were thinking, "Really hate to lose Adam. Now we'll probably all be working for him in a year." :)
As others have said, this might be a rare chance for local and national news organizations to snap up one of the handful of people who could make all the difference in whether they succeed or fail online.
I get the impression that you'd be a great complement to Boston.com, for one example. They could hire you, plus buy UH (which is worth a healthy chunk, especially if they get you as a package deal).
I was just talking with a friend about the insider threat column and realized I'd been working with you on it for nerly three years. It's always been a pleasure and I was saddened to hear your news as I will miss working with you.
But, like a lot of people here have said, I hope this serves as a springboard for UH's success. Your talents will take you far. Good luck with it all.
Why don't you just go around the house, looking under the couch and dressers, collecting all the quarters and dimes lying around, and wrapping them with that coin-wrapping machine you've got but never used? I'm sure you'll find a ton of money.
And you aren't a statistic, because statistic is a common noun, and Adam Gaffin is a proper noun. So, technically, you are not.
I was having a pretty good day until I heard this. Sorry.
Sorry to hear the bad news. I guess we're all in this recession boat together. Hopefully we're nearing the bottom and things will start looking up.
Adam, you're the man. I can't get you employed, but I can show my gratitude via a testimonial:
I've been registered at UHub for "3 years and 50 Weeks". I've been reading Adam's online work since '97 at boston-online.com and the Wicked Good Conference. Anyone looking to employ Adam's UHub talents should know that he not only has a dedicated readership, but he retains readers and has created a loyal and viable long-lasting online community and social network.
And I know I'm not the only one who's been kicking around long-term; I still see the likes of Ron Newman and eeka, who've been around forever, and other long-termers like Dave and Neal. No independent outlet in Boston has come anywhere close to cultivating and retaining such a consistent and dedicated online readership with vibrant community engagement, and certainly no one has been doing it for 13+ years.
No one in Boston and few people anywhere on the internet have Adam Gaffin's track record in building such an enduring, permanent, sustainable, and flourishing social network and community. The proof is in the pudding.
Adam, thanks for your hard work and your energetic and undying commitment to making this work. Best of luck in whatever comes next!
...to hear the news and will definitely spread the word when you figure out how to turn this into a money making venture.
But, geez, guys, you are wonderful! Thanks for all the kind words and leads and ideas, both here and in e-mail. I'd give you all a hug if I could (well, except for that one guy who's so happy I'm out of a job: Dude, I was laid off, not fired).
Next step is to take a couple of days to, well, figure out the next step after that :-).
but you are an integral part of every day of my life. To me that makes you a pretty swell person. Good luck!
Adam hired me at the place that let him go over a decade ago. He will be missed, but I am looking forward to UH flourishing.
My condolences, seriously, but when UHub gets even bigger and better, 'cause you're home all the time blogging it up, I'm going to feel really guilty to be enjoying it...
I'm a little late reading today's (well, technically yesterday's) posts, and I am stunned to see this news. Stunned. Adam, I am truly sorry.
Like your other fans here, I don't doubt you'll find a way to make delicious lemonade out of this, but you're surely entitled to take some time to be pissed off, or bummed out, or whatever it is you're feeling. No one wants a decision like this to be thrust upon them, even when a particular someone is smart, capable, ridiculously talented and motivated, not to mention eminently employable. That said, as a few others have noted, I am selfishly kind of excited that you might have even more time to put into UH for a while ... although it's already hard enough for me to keep up with the daily postings, so maybe I should be dreading how much more you'll somehow manage to do here. ;o)
I'll certainly keep an ear to the ground for any work opportunities that might match your talents and interests. I wish you only the best!
It's so great to see Adam's virtual community rally around him. I just want to say, as someone who worked with him for-EVAH and has stayed good friends with him, Adam really is as innovative, generous and witty in person as you get to experience through UH. The ideas he generated to advance his previous employer's Web site were revolutionary/evolutionary. He was also, as other folks can attest to, a completely ego-free mentor, who has given those of us who worked for him tremendous opportunities to flourish. I know whoever snaps him up next will be just as fortunate to have him on their team as we were.
Take it from the girl who got laid off and changed careers. I am really sorry to hear about this happening to you Adam, and for the first week or so it can be a real shock. But I can tell you one thing, sometimes it can be the best thing that ever happened to you. And like every other UH obsessed feed reader i am looking forward to the attention this place will be getting!
Adam - Universal Hub is a place I stop first (well, after Twitter, but UH is there, too) - I eventually get over to the boston.com but always know the important stuff before I get there.
Hang in there. Keep it real. And thanks for letting all your supporters know what's up.
Anything and everything I know about being online in the publishing world traces back to AdamG. He will be greatly missed at NW, but UH will thrive and add value to a broader audience.
"Citizen's Bank Universal Hub Brought to You by Roche Bros."
You should be getting a phone call if you have not already about a great opportunity.
Hope it works out.
You're not so anonymous. Your colleagues know who you are. Stop with the "neener-neener" posts and get back to work. At least you still have a job...for now.
Hope everything works out. It's been great working with you over these many years, starting back in the Fred and Wilma era.
That sucks. To repeat what everyone is saying though, what you've done with U-Hub shows me you're going to land on your feet. I'm not implying it's going to be easy. I really enjoy what you're doing with this site and I have to believe you can do the same somewhere else if that's the direction you choose to go in. Good luck, sir.
Chiming in along with others... Adam is the man when it comes to all things web and all things community. We'll definitely miss him here at NW. I'm sad that I won't be able to bug him for more fixes to my own blog here.
How are the prospects where you are? Have you considered the NY market?
I'm all for Adam becoming fabulously wealthy, but... New York?!?!? Say it ain't so!
Yeah, I don't much like the image of Adam rooting for the Yankees, Mets, Jets, and Knicks.
Edit: looks like Adam and I posted similar comments at the same time.
The Bronx is up and the Battery is down.
But, alas, I realized I wasn't a New Yorker anymore when we tried to get from Brooklyn to the Museum of Natural History and I got us lost on the subway.
Thank you for the kind words, though!
Well, there is quite a tangle of subway lines near Brooklyn Heights! Adam, you don't seem to have the personality of an avid fan, regardless of the town! Too laid back in my estimation! ;- )
I can see you INTERVIEWING fans!
Sorry to hear/read about your lay-off, Adam. Losing a job is never fun. It must be rather rough on you y, and I wish you the best of luck in whatever you decide to do next. Here's holding you and your family to the light during these difficult times. Again--godspeed, and good luck.
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