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Straddling my past and future

Yes, I've been laid off. It's strange, to realize yourself as such a small cog in the corporate machine. It's a bit scary, to be out of a job, in an industry particularly lacking of jobs. And it's all so sudden.

Still, however strange, scary and sudden this move has been for me, I am forced to admit that I am one of the lucky ones.

Still knee-deep in the Herald layoff process (I am one of the few employees who know for sure their sad fate; the rest must wait a few days longer for confirmation), I must be thankful of my relative ability to adapt to this unfortunate news.

After all, I am young; I can relocate for work and am still able to be somewhat flexible in my future career path. The generous severance package given to me by The Herald should be enough to allow me to stay on my feet while I find another job.

Not everyone at 1 Herald Plaza has it so well.

Many have kids, husbands, wives, and are therefore tied to South Florida. Due to the dearth of media jobs in the area, and the fact that all three major South Florida newspapers (The Miami Herald, plus The Sun Sentinel and The Palm Beach Post) are in the process of considerable downsizing, many of the Herald newsroomers, I'm betting, will never work in news again. People are scouring the Web for job postings. Secretaries seem to be in high demand. Retail seems to be another option.

I've heard it since I started freelancing for The Herald in 2004: Get out of this business before you begin. So I won't claim to be shocked or awed by these mass, widespread cutbacks. I just happen to be stubborn. It's a good thing for me that I'm also flexible.

I thought I had a couple years left in South Florida, but now I just don't know. I'm conflicted, torn between wanting to spend a little more time with my parents, and chasing a career that may never amount to anything. I feel now, more than ever before in my life, that I'm standing at a precipice, straddling my entire past and an uncertain future.

I'll be meeting with my financial planner on Wednesday. I can't wait to hear what she has to say about my situation. What do you think?

Should I stay? Or should I go?

Posted by Brayden Simms at 07:09 PM on June 22, 2008 | Permalink | Facebook | Digg | del.icio.us | AIM



i'm very sorry, brayden. thanks for your blogs. i loved reading about them and i even use the advice on saving gas by driving slower and stuff.
come up to tally for some R&R soon.
love you


I am impressed by your calm amid the storm, Brayden. Now is the time to listen to your heart (and your financial planner). You are indeed in a fortunate position: young, untethered, relatively free to choose your fate. I look forward to seeing where this takes you. Please, post your thrifty tidbits. Will we have another video this time?


This is a bittersweet moment. I'm so happy you're back to blogging but sad to hear it's under such circumstances. Just think of this as an opportunity to do things that you couldn't have done if you were tied down to a jobby job. As for staying or going, well, that's going to be up to you and what you want for yourself in the next few months/years. All I know is my spinach stays good much longer thanks to your tips and I am less wasteful in the greens department. thanks!


Great to see you back! At least they know what a good blog is! We, of the garage-sale mentality, have a leg up on this crazy economy. Now we have to put it real use, and save our necks. When all is said and done, we have only ourselves and our support network to depend on. I wish you and yours all the luck in the upcoming months and know that you will land on your feet! Stay close to those who have been there for you, they will need to know you are ok, as well.

Scott Siminofsky

Its good to see you back blogging, albeit for just 4 short weeks. Although you never really know. It seems to me that you are in a better position than many of your co-workers at this time. Keep doing what you do best, as we have come to rely on your unique outlook. Good luck.

Steve Mullis

Stay in the business! Looking at your bio you obviously have more skills than just a beat reporter (not that there's anything wrong with that).

There's plenty of jobs for us journalist/tech folk.

Good luck! And whatever you do, don't go into P.R.


I agree with Steve.

Your resume already includes a popular blogging experience (paired with cool multimedia elements) for a major regional newspaper.

You can land a job working in journalism online, leave the print world behind - and be one step ahead in a rapidly changing industry.

Online producers are copy editors working on Web templates. You'd be more than qualified. That's just one example.

Buena suerte,



Yes, more videos please!

I'm looking forward to Wednesday, should be interesting to hear what an expert has to say.


hey...bray...Susie's mom here. I heard about your situation while in NYC with the Suze. Please keep good thoughts - as she said...you are not 40 with a wife and two kids as some are. Not to denigrate your situation - no one knows ma herald as do i. it is eminently possible that they Suck the big, fat, hairy wet one. (we used to say that in the 60's). need a place?? i have at least 2 xtra rooms - i'm just saying. know that we love and support you - no matter what - but i suspect you DO know that...xx oo

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