Blog Genre: Nobody to tell them "no"

You can generally tell without looking at the byline when you're scrolling through a site and you run across a piece written by the head honcho. The editor-in-chief, the founder, the whatever-they-call-themselves: it doesn't matter, the situation is always the same. Not only is there no voice to tell them that their piece isn't that great, but as they also have operational influence, there is no one to tell them not to push the piece aggressively across various social media platforms.

Arianna Huffington isn't a bad writer, and neither are most of the other owner-operator types I won't name check as I may some day want them to pay me (As is well-documented, you don't have to worry about getting paid at the Huffington Post). A stroll through Ms. Huffingotn's recent bylines illustrates the tedious content that can result from the power to run whatever stories you like. "Big Business Finally Learns That Wellness Is Good For Business" is exactly as boring as it sounds. "Evicting the Obnoxious Roommate in Your Head" is precisely as self-indulgent as you imagine. At least half of her recent pieces have just been extended plugs for her new book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating A Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. Even her titles could probably use another editor.

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