Selling a Piece of Blue Sky, Part 3: Route Banal

The third and final, painfully dull painting, the ever popular “The Hunt”. Horses, hounds and constipated British lords. Some smartass spoke about the banality of evil. If that’s true, then we’ve in the 7th circle of hell. (turns off tape recorder and pauses, then turns it back on) It does have its charms.

Mike Enslin in 1408, describing the room.

You know, I won’t judge Benjamin Kepner on the things that are common to the industry. One of those things is the banality that can be common in web development. Whether it’s moving something a few pixels or something, there can be quite a bit of banality in web development. The thing is, there was nothing exciting about my work with Benjamin Kepner. Nothing that filled me with excitement about the role. It was filled with dread, banality, and boredom and I gotta say, this made leaving GSMM like the end of a gaol sentence.

Contrast this with any of my other roles and I could tell you that there was something that excited me about those roles (and the work).

While this point could be made in any of the posts about the GSMM experience, in keeping with playing with the chapter titles in Half-Life 2 and Concerned, I’ll insert Route Banal here.

Death by Meetings

The thing is, Benjamin loves needless meetings and phone conversations. This is because Benjamin loved being in, what my ex-boss called, “The Babysitters Club”:

However, the fact remains that meetings are toxic. Recurring meetings, especially so. And while they’re a beautiful way to waste billable hours, they’re not fulfilling. They’re literally the junk food of work… but worse, since junk food is at least tasty. So, they’re the diet soda of work.

At least these people had doughnuts.

Talking in circles

When talking with Benjamin Kepner on the phone, it was a frustrating experience since he tended to talk in circles. He likes to assume you don’t know things that you’ve mentioned to him even in the same conversation. The longer my time with GSMM went on, the more I dreaded seeing Ben’s name appear on my iPhone. The silver lining of my T-Mobile service lapsing because Benjamin couldn’t be arsed to pay me what I was owed is that I’ll be getting a new phone number soon.

This is not what I signed up for

Literally, I was given an endless amount of little tasks to do while at GSMM. Nothing big nor exciting. Nothing I could brag about or talk about at parties. And this continued on for months.

So, now that you know how boring working for GSMM was, we’ll close part 3 and in part 4, we’ll talk about how Global Social Media Marketing couldn’t be arsed to follow best practices. This, in spite, of many reasons to do so and how much time it would save.

Also, unlike meetings with Ben… this post was mercifully short.

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