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Maturity

(Again, I'm replying because this comment "dinged" my email.)

All of the intelligent BNLJ commenters have joined the BN FB page last year. On BNFB, we post without anonymity, and engage in intelligent discussions - even if they're anti-corporate. BNFB is realistic, funny, and topical...unlike the venom spewed by BNLJ. BNFB has thousands of followers...unlike the handful of BNLJ, who gave up on this company years ago.

Yes, I understand that BN is struggling to survive in a difficult retail environment, and yes I totally get that we've had some trouble with Nook. But no one is perfect - family, job, or otherwise - and as this company's surviving employees, it's OUR responsibility to keep things running.

Yes, I'm a little ashamed that my realistic comments took down this blog. But I'm NOT ashamed that BN supporters joined the FB page by the thousands. Please, booksellers...stop the hateful, anonymous comments...and join the chorus of FB posters who genuinely believe in our company.. Join us, share your concerns on FB, and build a mature history on your resume - whether you stay with BN, or move elsewhere.

Seriously ... It will do you some GOOD.

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(Anonymous)
Feb. 12th, 2015 07:13 pm (UTC)
Just let it die, man
(Anonymous)
Feb. 17th, 2015 04:01 pm (UTC)
Why won't you just give up? Nobody posts anything on here anymore except for you, and it's always about how you think you're better than everybody else. We all know Barnes and Noble is going to go out of business, just accept it. It's a bad company and I can't wait until you lose your job so that you finally shut up.
smithback
Feb. 20th, 2015 02:49 am (UTC)
But still, you feel the need to reply - and to spread your underachieving venom. Please say "goodnight" to your disappointed folks, before you fall asleep in their basement.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 18th, 2015 05:13 am (UTC)
You know, this group *would* have died its slow death by now if you didn't keep posting every three months to tell us how wonderful you are and how great the Facebook group is, and how we're a bunch of underachieving ingrates and shitlords.

Do me one favor, Smithy: let me know who you are on Facebook so I can avoid you in the BN group.
smithback
Feb. 20th, 2015 02:47 am (UTC)
Again, "Ding."
(Anonymous)
Feb. 18th, 2015 05:00 pm (UTC)
Do us all a favor and put a bullet through your brain. This earth will then have one less douchebag among its population!

RIP asshole!
smithback
Feb. 20th, 2015 02:44 am (UTC)
I write about depression and mental illness. Thanks for your kind support.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 19th, 2015 04:15 pm (UTC)
Smithback killed this blog.
You are the main reason this blog died Smithback. You always had this I'm better than everyone attitude. You are a middle aged man making quarter raises. I see nothing to brag about.
smithback
Feb. 20th, 2015 02:41 am (UTC)
Re: Smithback killed this blog.
DING! You have a reply, Smithback.

No, I'm a writer - and I credit BN for making that possible. I've supported the company that cuts my pay checks, and I found a way to make myself thrive. Yes, my BN raises have been minuscule - but I took what I learned - and earned - at BN, and used it to make something wonderful. I'm reaching my potential - and I learned last week that my first novel is going to be mentioned in a national magazine. I'm still a happy/content BN employee - but I'll soon be able to make my living writing, rather than waiting on customers. Mine is a SUCCESS story - and I encourage everyone to follow my lead.

Chuckling..."Smithback killed this blog." Well, maybe...and I don't mind taking credit where credit is due. The BN FB page has thousands of followers. Tell me, who is left here? Not even enough to post a decent topic in the public forum - and that for you is very, very sad.

Be good booksellers. And find the same inspiration in yourself that I've found in mine.


Edited at 2015-02-20 02:53 am (UTC)
(Anonymous)
Feb. 25th, 2015 02:31 pm (UTC)
NOOK Advice
Smithback--maybe you can give me some advice. How do I save all the ebooks I’ve bought from B&N when the chain goes bankrupt and the servers close down? Any easy way to save them to my computer or other nonvolatile media so they don’t disappear when the lights are turned off in the B& server farm?
(Anonymous)
Feb. 25th, 2015 06:17 pm (UTC)
Re: NOOK Advice
Easy. You don't have to. nook media LLC is not a part of "the chain". So Just keep reading.
Re: NOOK Advice - (Anonymous) - Feb. 26th, 2015 05:17 pm (UTC) - Expand
(Anonymous)
Feb. 26th, 2015 03:15 am (UTC)
Where can we find your books Smithback?
Smithhback.

How do we order the books you write?
What are the ISBN numbers?
smithback
Feb. 27th, 2015 05:45 am (UTC)
Re: Where can we find your books Smithback?
FINALLY someone asks that question! I'll be honest...my first book was POD, though that was three years ago, after I submitted it the usual way. My draft got read/passed by two publishers, read by a well-known agency, and I ended up spending 7k to publish the book correctly. My second book was picked up by a small publisher (thanks to the work I did, and my website's 2 years of archives), and my third is being shopped right now by my agent. Baby steps. And I'm where I am right now because of what I've learned at BN.
Re: Where can we find your books Smithback? - (Anonymous) - Mar. 1st, 2015 11:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Where can we find your books Smithback? - (Anonymous) - Mar. 2nd, 2015 12:11 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Where can we find your books Smithback? - (Anonymous) - Mar. 3rd, 2015 11:08 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Where can we find your books Smithback? - (Anonymous) - Mar. 4th, 2015 02:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
(Anonymous)
Feb. 26th, 2015 03:18 am (UTC)
You can't be a success working for this company when you get quarter raises and 15 hour work weeks.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 4th, 2015 11:17 pm (UTC)
quarter raises
In 2010 I was told by my store manager that there were no more raises coming, I did get another one in 2012, {20 years service }and none afterwards was let go this past January 2015. I think if you have been there 18-22 years they don't want you anymore no matter what you do
(Anonymous)
Mar. 9th, 2015 04:20 am (UTC)
Smithback's egomania
Smithback, good luck in your writing career but seriously, these folks are right: you come off as a self-righteous jerk. Give it a rest already on thinking you are tops and anyone who disagrees with your view of BN is sort some of lazy, bitter loser living with their parents.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 9th, 2015 03:43 pm (UTC)
Print on demand books are no different than posting in a blog. We are all publishers which makes us brothers Smithback. I love you Smithback. Did I ever tell you that you were my wind beneath my wings.
smithback
Mar. 10th, 2015 01:38 am (UTC)
Ding! Guys, seriously...shut this horse shit down. I've tried to convince you to support our company, tried to mentor you into being adults (by acting like employees who give a damn), and tried to share my writing success - describing my many, many years of hard work, intelligence, and using BN knowledge to create a new path in life. Does no one have my courage? Are all of you holding onto entitlement?

Life ain't easy, folks. And whether you're a writer or a bookseller or a loser who's been living in your parent's basement, you eventually have to come into your own - and admit your circumstances. In these last final gasps of the hijacked LJ blog, are your snotty comments REALLY what you you want to be remembered for? Seriously?

C'mon, silly people. Close this shit down, join the BNFB page, and find a forum that matters.

Edited at 2015-03-10 01:42 am (UTC)
(no subject) - (Anonymous) - Mar. 10th, 2015 11:41 am (UTC) - Expand
Ding! - (Anonymous) - Mar. 11th, 2015 01:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
(Anonymous)
Mar. 10th, 2015 03:34 am (UTC)
Funny how Mr. motivational Smithback keeps following this blog.

This quote so belongs to you Mr. Smithkeepscomingback.

"Who's the more foolish, the fool, or the fool who follows him?"
―Obi-Wan Kenobi, to Han Solo
(Anonymous)
Mar. 12th, 2015 02:19 pm (UTC)
Have you noticed that the Bn Facebook employee group rarely talks about workplace issues that impact employees? Most of the post center on stupid things customers do or book culture in general. Heidi and the gang are being watched by corporate and it really shows in the content.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 12th, 2015 06:17 pm (UTC)
Have you noticed that the Bn Facebook employee group rarely talks about workplace issues that impact employees? Most of the post center on stupid things customers do or book culture in general. Heidi and the gang are being watched by corporate and it really shows in the content.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 12th, 2015 03:06 pm (UTC)
Have you noticed that the Bn Facebook employee group rarely talks about workplace issues that impact employees? Most of the post center on stupid things customers do or book culture in general. Heidi and the gang are being watched by corporate and it really shows in the content.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 12th, 2015 06:18 pm (UTC)
Have you noticed that the Bn Facebook employee group rarely talks about workplace issues that impact employees? Most of the post center on stupid things customers do or book culture in general. Heidi and the gang are being watched by corporate and it really shows in the content.
(no subject) - smithback - Mar. 13th, 2015 01:10 am (UTC) - Expand
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