(Small minor announcement to start this off. For five months I have been sharing my opinions here on a weekly basis. That will not be changing, but post-GAMA I am working with a collection of colleagues to launch a new website about the world of industry news. Today's article was heavily redacted by legal counsel, who have said some things to me that struck home heavily. After their edits I have decided to publish anyway, because I found the results a little funny. I am currently in the process of adding staff, designing a new website, and preparing the first interviews to go live.)
I am an outgoing, gregarious, sometimes overly loud, person. Over six years in this industry I've talked to hundreds and hundreds of people, attended dozens of shows, and interacted with publishers, distributors, fellow retailers, and more consumers than I can shake a stick at.
What does that have to do with anything?
Today's blog is about hearing things.
In some ways our industry is a little bit like a game of telephone. Things come through one set of ears, get passed to another, and then another, and then another, and so on down the line until sometimes you don't know how far you are from the truth after half a dozen people have passed the messages.
As the face of a small company, and a vocal participant in a volunteer board for a trade organization, I try to keep politics off my Facebook page, and mostly try to keep them out of this blog. You won't see pictures of me at marches on Facebook, and you won't see pictures of me at campaign launch events, or registering voters, or phone banking for my favorite candidates. I strive to not let my politics affect my business. Today, I will fail at that.
Every level of American culture has been changed by the brave women who have stood up in the #MeToo moments of the last year. This blog even started there, with my disgust in the way some people treat some other people in this industry. It is irresponsible to not speak up. It is reprehensible to enable people who engage in this behavior. Would we continue to watch Tabletop if it was aired under a flag of the American (POTENTIALLY SLANDEROUS COMPARISONREDACTED BY COUNSEL) Party? When we find behavior reprehensible we must do what we can to fight that behavior in any small way possible. (TWO SENTENCES REDACTED BY COUNSEL.)
Even after years away from newspapers I can't kick the habits taught to me through journalism, so I slowly started... (THREE SENTENCES REDACTED BY COUNSEL).
So I find myself with a question today. Is supporting someone financially who engages in reprehensible behavior doing something to encourage that behavior? Do you risk your business to cut off support for that person by cutting off support for their company in whatever little way you can?
(TWO PARAGRAPHS REDACTED BY COUNSEL)
After struggling with it, (REDACTED BY COUNSEL). I am not for sale. (SPECIFIC NUMBERS REDACTED BY COUNSEL), I would cut my own pay until I was able to recover that lost income.
So today, I end (REDACTED BY COUNSEL). I can not in good conscious be party to some of the things I have been made aware of.
Three Answers to Your Three Questions
What's with the "Redacted By Councel" notes?
Just that. This was handed to legal council before publishing and they made some light edits. It fell from 1,200 words to something in the 650 range...
You gonna tell us what you're talking about?
No. I will not. I will share my own actions based on the things (REDACTED BY COUNSEL), but I will not share information that is not mine to share.
You gonna get off your damn soapbox sometime soon?
Yes. Right now. Next week we talk about the difference between working IN your business and working ON your business, and the importance of one of those things to your long-term success.