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WHEW! Dodged a bullet on that one.

“Whew! The Colbert Nation is SO relieved for YOU, TechCommGeekMom! ” says Stephen Colbert.

This has been a LOOOONG winter for me, starting more with the season that the calendar. You might remember that I was devastated when I was informed that my contract would not be extended, and feared for the worst at the prospect of my contract ending at the end of April.

I found out today that there are still things to do, so my contract is being extended just a little bit so that loose ends can be tidied up. It looks like my contract will be going through the end of June. And that’s fine by me. I will still take my long, overdue vacation to Ireland and the UK in May, but then I’ll just have a few weeks to sort out those last bits. I’ve been informed that there would be little chance of extending beyond June.

And this time, I’m actually okay with it. I originally thought, when I was initially told that I would not be renewed for a full year, that six months would’ve been okay. It would coincide with the end of the school year, and I could take the summer off to see if I could start getting my own business together, or at least job search more diligently.  So the initial period of only a quarter was a shock. This time, I’m really okay with it. Hey, I thought I was going to be told that my April end date was going to definitely be “it”, so I’ll take what I can get.  I’m taking this news much better, and feel a little more secure in my role for now. It’ll give me some time to truly plan, work on myself, and figure out what my next step will be. Spring, this year, will bring in some new life and renewal, methinks.


Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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