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It’s been emotional

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Well what an eventful few days. How do I begin to tell this story? Here goes.

I was delighted to be offered another job at Sift Media last summer, even if it was again on a fixed term contract leaving me potentially jobless come May 2011, and I jumped at the chance to work amongst such friendly and creative people once again. The original plan was for me to work through my maternity cover for Verity to return to her post as editor of the site (next month). Faced with the prospect of potential joblessness I did what any 30-something without kids would do. I booked a trip around the world. But then Verity, very understandably deciding that she would be missing much of her daughter's growing up were she to return to work handed in her notice which left TrainingZone with a vacant ed's position and me with no way of taking that position, if I got offered it (which I was). But the latest twist in the tale is that I'm coming back to the editor's position in October on a permanent basis and before then I have a new acting editor to train up and keep my seat warm while I'm away. Informal learning at its most effective this will be, I can assure you. I might even try 'flipping the training' like Matt Pierce from TechSmith suggested a while back.

Anyway, I'm delighted to take on the position on a full-time basis later this year, and thank you for making my time as editor so much fun while I've been covering Verity. She did a wonderful job engaging the community, increasing membership and publishing news and opinion on all aspects of L&D and I hope I've gone some way to proving in the last 10 months that I can carry that good work on. But of this stint with me at the controls there are about five weeks to go, my last day being TrainingZone Live, by some kind of cosmic coincidence. My replacement, Martin Couzins will be the go-to guy after that so don't be shy to get in touch and introduce yourself, as I'm sure he'll be doing to many of you soon enough too.

There's no time for sentimentality *stiffens upper lip* though, we have work to do!
 

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