Mark Jen: I'll continue to blog, but the content of my blogs will be consistent with any particular requirements of my employer. If the company I work for doesn't care and is willing to let me have an open forum, I'll blog however I feel. But if I take a position with a company that has some specific policies around blogging, then of course I'll adhere to those policies. But in general I'll be blogging from here on out. It's a very interesting space and there's a huge community built up around it. There's a huge value there.
IDGNS: What's the traffic like to your blog?
Mark Jen: It's dying down. I was just about to blog about the traffic at my blog. At its peak a little over a week ago when the stories first started to break (about my termination) ... my blog hit over 100,000 page loads (in a single day.) In total I'm approaching 400,000 (page loads) overall.
IDGNS: What did Google tell you about ending your employment there?
Mark Jen: They've never given me a straight answer. I've requested an official statement or reason as far as why I was terminated but I wasn't given any such reason. Of course, it's well within their rights to refuse to give me a reason. I was an at-will employee in the state of California so they really don't need to give me a reason for terminating me. I definitely was surprised at being terminated. It's a shocking thing.
IDGNS: But you feel the blog played a significant part?
Mark Jen: Yeah, definitely. My blog either directly or indirectly was the reason for my termination.
IDGNS: So they didn't say the reason had been your work performance, or that they thought you weren't right for the job?
Mark Jen: No, nothing like that. There was no talk about my performance at all. Performance wasn't an issue.
IDGNS: Are you going to make a claim against Google in any way?
Mark Jen: No, I'm not interested in that. I don't think that's going to be productive.
IDGNS: So this chapter is closed for you and you're moving on?
Mark Jen: Right.
IDGNS: How do you feel about your status right now? Are you shell-shocked or depressed about this whole situation? Are you amused? Do you think all this attention is going to help you as you look for other job options?
Mark Jen: Initially I was a bit shocked and it took a little bit to process the event. But now it's more of a matter of just moving on. I've got a lot of good leads for new positions and also a lot of options open. So I learned my lessons from this episode and I'm moving on to bigger and better things.