Farewell, 2011

When I look back on this year–not when writing the-year-in-tech stories like the one I’m writing for CEA’s blog, but when I consider how 2011 treated me in particular–the same phrase keeps coming up: Did all that really happen?

Were my circuits that fried from overwork and increasingly dire hints that my job was in danger that I felt a vague sense of relief to get a severance offer?

Did I somehow manage to keep a lid on this news, outside of sharing it with my family, then close friends and finally a handful of dismayed coworkers, for a month before announcing it myself? (It was instructive to look through my Facebook Timeline for March and April to see how completely I avoided any mention of Topic A while the union was negotiating on my behalf.)

Did I really walk out of the Post’s newsroom on April 15 for the final time after almost 17 and a half years of employment there? (To old Post friends reading this: I miss you guys.)

Was it a full month before I realized that I had stopped feeling the old stress?

Have I seriously avoided rewriting anybody else’s iPhone-rumor stories since April?

How did the squirmy baby of last December become the toddler running around our house, picking up random things and sometimes calling me “Dada”?

After at least two decades of wishing I could find a way to make it happen, did I finally see the space shuttle launchtwice?

Had it been that long since I’d had the time to write a second draft of a story?

Have I actually found a sufficient variety of sufficiently-generous freelance clients–assuming they don’t all realize their error–that I feel more confident about my prospects than I did a year ago?

Somehow, all of those things happened. Considering how tough things remain for too many other Americans, I feel damned lucky.

Happy new year, everyone. I hope it finds you well.

8 thoughts on “Farewell, 2011

  1. Yet again, Happy new Year! There is life beyond the Post and I’m glad to see you have found it and are enjoying all it can offer. I look forward to your emails and new posts and tweets. Onward!

  2. I miss your columns in the Washington Post, Rob. I looked forward to and read every one of your columns over those 17 and a 1/2 years. You have a great insight into what the latest entry in technology is likely to mean in the long run. Thanks again and Happy New Year to you and your family.

    Bob Enoch

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  4. Missed your WP columns and chats and was so glad when you finally resurfaced (I know it was only a few weeks but it seemed longer). So happy it has worked out for you, especially all the Dad-time you’re getting with your daughter!

  5. Happy New Year Rob. Glad you landed so nicely and that you’re still contributing to how we understand technology. There’s always a little stress associated with being your own boss, but on balance, as I suspect you’ve discovered, it’s far better to be your own boss than to have someone else be your boss!

  6. You will be fine. You are talented and can use regular language to explain things to us mortals. Glad you are getting plenty of Dad time. Please tell us how things go at CES now that you are your own boss.

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