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Announcements To RHUers: 2014 Means Change For RHU

Carolanne whootHello again RHU!

This is a bit of a long announcement so please bear with me. TL;DR's may want to read it anyway, so you don't find yourself confused later.

After sweeping through all the backlogged stories in the submissions email, I was left kind of at a loss. The backlogged stories were my reservoir of stories when things dried up a bit when it came to new and fresh stories from RHUers. I am currently dredging the RHU Facebook group as well as the submissions inbox, and still plan to do so.

However, I was actually struck by a bit of a dead spell during the holidays; to the point where I simply didn't have enough to post a minimum of five stories a day. Not that I'm blaming anybody; I'm quite sure that it was because RHUers were exhausted and simply wanted to crash into bed, not stay up even later and type. There's no shame in that and to be honest I was in the same boat! Holidays are eeeevil!

That being said, I realized last night that we have a plethora of small stories that were shared in the Comments section of other posts that never see the light of day. Henceforth, I shall be tackling this project to help fill any spots that might otherwise be a bit bare. Since these small stories go way back to RHU's beginning, it will be a long project.

What does this mean to you? It means that there are stories that you shared and probably forgot about long ago. Those are going to be popping up, and you will probably get an, "Oh yeah! I forgot about that one!" moment. It may also mean that stories that were posted under a past nickname will be resurrected. It will be a lot harder for me to update these nicknames, as well as time consuming. In short, I may not have time to fix it. Please bear with me on that front!

Jason ninja hangersI also plan to continue the Monthly Theme this year. So if you share a manager from hell story in the comments, I may schedule that ahead in May, which is when I plan for the Managers From Hell monthly theme. Submissions and RHU Facebook stories will still go live quickly (I'm going to aim for "within 48 hours" of sending), so don't be afraid to send your stories in whenever you think of them! ... Also don't be afraid to send me an email poke if you haven't heard SOMETHING about your submission from a week ago.

Just a reminder, keep your stories as anonymous as possible and related to the workplace! I will edit out mentions of disabilities, specific medical conditions, or other identifying information from your stories. Last year, I received a few stories that were so chock full of identifying information and non-workplace related tangents that I simply could not post them. I had to bury them in the disused gravel quarry of the "Deleted Emails" bin. If it's not retail, at least make it workplace related! A coworker from hell in a cubical office will still qualify!

There will also be a few changes around the site, some more noticeable than others. We'll announce them as they go live! Keep your eyes peeled, and may all your custys be nice!

Comments

TechTyger

Speaking of changes, any word whether the 'recent posts' will come back? I miss that.

Former Electronic Article Surveillance Girl, turned into Office Slave

Just my two cents...

I've been readind RHU for maybe four (??) years now and thoroughly enjoyed it. Recently, however, I've felt a little overwhelmed by the sheer amount of posts. I go away for a week and can't even read all the new stuff. Simultaneously, conversation seems to have died down almost completely (I don't follow the FB group though, so maybe it's moved there - but that isn't the same as anonymous commenting, really, as the safety factor is lost). I find that's too bad, as I used to enjoy the conversations as much as the stories, but I wonder if it has to do with the amount and/or character of the posts (ie. more stuff but less personal stuff).

This is just my opinion, but I wouldn't mind you guys cutting the amount of reblogging and concentrating on the original stuff (which is what "makes" RHU, really). I for one wouldn't mind seeing less stuff if most of it was original stories (I generally just skim-read the other stuff anyway). I feel RHU has lost some of the "personal touch" that I used to love.

If that isn't possible, how about at least adding an Original Posts category, so that those mostly interested in the original stuff, like myself, could browse them more easily?

The "small stories" sound fun, although just a tiny bit scary (as in, "whoopsee, I wonder what I wrote in the comments a few years back"... :D )

Thanks to all the RHU team for all these years + wishing you a great 2014!

TechTyger

I agree; that's one of the things I used the 'recent comments' for. When there's a lot of stuff, conversations tend to get pushed off. Hard to see what's new when you have to go through 20 pages to get to something you commented on...

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