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End Relationships Well with Writers for Your Mom Blog

By Wendy Piersall, Heather B. Armstrong

Nothing can really soften the blow of getting fired; it’s a humiliating experience that nobody wants to have happen. Here are some of the things you can do to part ways with a writer without having to get to the point of firing — or to manage a working relationship that starts deteriorating:

  • Scale back the writer’s work. If you feel that a writer isn’t working out, cut down his or her assignments significantly. This may just encourage the writer to move on.

  • Suggest more appropriate work. Often a writer just has strengths and weaknesses that aren’t a good match for you. In this case, suggest that the person try writing for a different blog or pursuing different work where you think they’ll excel.

  • Don’t sweat the little things, but don’t let them go unaddressed. There’s no reason to get worked up about small stuff — the stress isn’t worth it. But be sure to communicate problems when they happen, so they don’t become an accepted way of working with you.

  • Read between the lines and trust your gut. If there are frequent miscommunications or misunderstandings, these are clues to where this writer is coming from. Take the time to ensure that your writers understand your position and their roles clearly, especially when repeated misunderstandings occur.

  • Err on the side of generosity. It’s worth more to pay a disputed amount or accept less-than-perfect work if that means it keeps the peace. But if this happens, it’s a signal that it’s time for this person to move on. Don’t allow yourself to be taken advantage of — in that situation, it’s important to stand your ground.

  • Be empowering, but not misleading. It’s always best to do what you can to help your writers grow and be more successful, and to encourage them along the way. But don’t allow them to take credit for things they did not do, or let them believe they’ve accomplished more than they really have.

    You may think it’s a confidence-booster to fib about whether a piece of writing fills the bill — but instead, it can set you up for unrealistic demands or expectations from your contractor.

  • Always maintain your professionalism. Even if things turn very ugly, don’t lose your cool in public. Your reputation is worth more than getting in the last word, even if that means not everyone hears your side of the story. Your professionalism will speak for itself. As long as you maintain your integrity, nobody has any real power over you.

Ultimately, the only things you can control are your own thoughts and actions when a dispute arises. You can always turn a bad situation into a good one, as long as you’re willing to look at it from another point of view.