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JRA with the Angry Asian: Set adrift

JRA with the Angry Asian: Set adrift

Where do things go from here? The past three years have been incredibly stressful, and I’m in the middle of a few weeks off that…

Friday, Nov 18

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Where do things go from here?

The past three years have been incredibly stressful, and I’m in the middle of a few weeks off that I pushed hard to get in order to try and recover from what was turning into pretty gnarly burnout: the irritability, the inability to sleep or concentrate, yada yada yada. I’m no longer feeling very relaxed or refreshed, though, and I’m not sure I should even be writing this at all. But after what happened a few days ago, it doesn’t feel right to say nothing, either.

There’s no sense in beating around the bush, so let’s just rip the band-aid off.

Earlier this week, Outside Inc. – the parent company of CyclingTips – bid adieu to three key members of our staff: editor-in-chief Caley Fretz, senior technical editor Dave Rome, and managing editor Matt de Neef (and that’s in addition to bulldog news editor Dane Cash, who was let go back in May). I’m still trying to fully come to terms with the rationale for all of this, but as is often the case with these sorts of things, we’re told it’s due to budgetary reasons related to general and dramatic downturns in advertising revenue (which, despite steadily growing membership, is still our biggest source of income). CyclingTips wasn’t the only group affected, but it’s the only one about which I can explain the impact. It hurts. Dane’s departure was hard enough to stomach already, but it now feels like our legs have been cut out […]

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