Hey ho, another day, another firing. And I think this one might actually be a new record – what’s it been? Five weeks?

Several people have emailed me asking what happened. Others have been supportive on Twitter. I wasn’t going to say anything, mainly because this latest firing barely registers on my fire-o-meter. And yet – annoyingly but tragically predictably – I’m hearing whispers of weirdness from ’sources close’, so I figure I might as well write something. If only so I never have to talk about it again.

This morning I received from (weirdly) the boss of my editor at The Telegraph. I quote…

“I’ve been looking at the latest traffic figures for your blog and also our budget and how we’re spending it. And I’m afraid I’ve reached the conclusion that your time blogging with us should come to an end… Our limited budget just cannot sustain these sums without a bigger bang for our buck.”

I short, I wasn’t driving enough pageviews to justify what they were paying me.

Fair enough.

But here’s the thing. When they first approached me to blog, I wasn’t convinced about writing for the Telegraph. My politics are wrong for a start – I’m a Guardianista through and through – and then there was the fact that I have a book to write and TechCrunch had made me a compelling offer to columnise for them weekly.…

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