About a year ago something happened to me professionally that really set me off. I fired up my laptop and spewed all of the venom in my heart into a ranty draft blog post. Before posting it, I sent it to a few people for review. They all agreed I’d been wronged. Several encouraged me to publish immediately, a few suggested I should give it some more thought.
I was going through some personal difficulties at the time and I feared that some of my vehemence may have been misplaced anger, so I shelved the piece. I left it in the drafts bucket on the blog and there it sat until last week.
Last week, through an unlikely comedy of errors, my rant was published here under the wrong byline. If you receive 3 Geeks via feed, you may have received the unvarnished post. It was picked up by a couple of aggregator newsletters too, but by the time you clicked the link to read the article in full *poof*, no post. We had already realized our mistake and replaced my rant with the correct content.
Even though I wasn’t listed as the author of the rant, I received several inquiries from friends who had read the post before we fixed it. They recognized my style and were confused as to what happened and why had it been taken down. Some were disappointed because they thought my post would start an interesting conversation about the free exchange of ideas in legal. Some were dumbfounded because I was referencing ‘my marketing team’ when they know my new company (created several months after writing the rant) is too small to have a marketing team. And a few were astonished that I would let fly a blue streak of expletives…no, a few were astonished that I would PUBLISH a blue streak of expletives. Had I gone forward with publishing at the time, I would have substantially edited the post.
I re-read my rant on the morning it was accidentally published, and even though I’m in a much better place personally than I was last year at this time, it turns out I’m still just as upset as I was when I originally wrote it. So, with minimal editing (mostly for language), and in the hopes of starting a conversation about the free exchange of ideas, how to address plagiarism in a small community, and the abuse of pay-to-play events in legal, here is my Phantom Post.