Bye Bye Lycos!

This blog entry was originally posted on July 27, 2003.

Well, that was short-lived.  After just three weeks of my break out into the travelogue column scene at Lycos-Asia, it is no more.

After submitting a brand new story about the aboriginal tour of Uluru in Australia (my third for the weekly column) and not seeing it online the following Monday, I figured something was up.  I emailed my producer Carol in Singapore and she tried as best as she could to avoid the subject.  (She simply logged off MSN Messenger.)  Finally after a day, she replied and told me, “Something’s up at Lycos.  You’ll find out tomorrow.”

The next day I was part of a mass e-mail from her which announced her retrenchment - or in American layman’s terms, her “being let go,” her “lay off,” her “pink slip.”  She and a whole group from Lycos Asia in Singapore got the boot, which in turn, got me the boot.  (Carol was the sole producer/creator of the travelogue column.)

Right now, I seriously doubt anyone will take over for her, or if the column will continue to exist.  I suppose there’s still room for a little wishful thinking, but I’m not really counting on it.  It’s not so much a downer anyway, because A) it didn’t pay me; B) I don’t have to rush out content in haste every week; and C) I got my byline from them anyway.  In the end, “Lycos” gets added to my CV, on my list of publications, which is a good thing…

Carol may move or switch jobs by the time I make it to Singapore, so the question is, where can I crash when I get there!?  Hmmm….

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Comments for “Bye Bye Lycos!”

  • Mate - good inside scoop story.  It’s always fun to hear about that type of stuff.

    Posted by Sean  on  07/28  at  05:34 AM

  • I am sorry dude, though the experience is short lived. But it is really great working with you.

    Hey come still, to singapore, will bring you around.

    Posted by carol  on  08/06  at  09:03 PM

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