I wanted readers to know what I've been up to the past few weeks and why such activity has impacted the postings here at DAF and my other blogs. Such activities deal with a blogging alter-ego that I created back in mid-September when I realized that the law firm where I worked, Heller Ehrman LLP was sliding towards an implosion very similar to Enron.
Since it seems I have "mad skillz" when it comes to blogging, I decided to set up a Wordpress-based blog entitled Heller Highwater which would help my 1200+ co-workers deal with issues such as unemployment, proper payment of back wages, accrued vacation, filing wage claims. Hard to believe that a 118-year old law firm would screw its own loyal employees and violate numerous labor laws? Yes Virginia it can and does happen more often than you think.
As the blog took off, with close to 15,000 unique hits on some days, and lots of press (mostly legal industry trade papers and blogs but I was also contacted by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal), it was eating up much of my time. Since my lay-off on October 10th, I've been able to devote more time to helping out my former co-workers, to discuss issues such as continuing health care coverage, how to rollover a 401k, and how to prepare a resume (some of us had worked for this firm for 25 years!).
Where is this all going? Well as I created the blog under the pseudonym Heller Drone, and I created another blog called Thelen The Pain for the staff of another global law firm which has also collapsed and not given its loyal staff that to which they are entitled, I couldn't maintain these different blogging personalities any longer.
So on Monday I had my "coming out" party where I was able to merge ego and alter ego into one. Lots of press as you can see here. Lots of phone calls and emails. But also lots of job leads and work offers to design websites, blogs, etc. Now I can list these two popular blogs in my portfolio and not feel disjointed, from a blogging personality standpoint.