On February 4, 2017, I was working at Vox on the morning of a Monday, when the company announced the news that it was launching a “Weekly Update.”
We were all excited.
I was the CEO of a big tech company, and I was in charge of getting our writers to publish at a high-traffic site.
But the day before, my bosses had told me to do something that was going to hurt my career.
“Write the Vox Day,” they said.
“It’s going to be like your job but for real.”
And the next day, I woke up on the phone with my boss, who was also a VP of product and product development.
He was saying, “The thing is, you’re on vacation.
We need to give you a week off to do your job.”
It was the day of the Vox day.
Vox Day is when Vox employees are supposed to post daily news stories to their social media accounts.
It’s a kind of day of reckoning.
The day before I was to start my new job, I wrote a post about my experiences at Vox, and my bosses asked me to share it with them.
I did, and the day after I started, I had about six thousand shares of my post on Twitter.
Then the Vox team had a meeting with the CEOs and the head of the product team to discuss the issues they were raising.
I wasn’t there to make sure they got the right answer, but I was there to support them.
They wanted to talk about the problems with the way the site was being marketed, about how Vox Day was confusing to their readers, and about the site’s inability to compete with other outlets.
In their meeting, I explained that it wasn’t a good idea to take a week of vacation, because the company was doing some hard-core restructuring and the next few weeks were going to go a lot differently.
I also said that the Vox Daily team was on the same page as the company on a number of issues, and that the next issue we’d have to address would be the way we handled content.
“But what if you don’t have a vacation?” my boss asked.
“That’s a good question,” I replied.
“If you don