Why I Quit Huffpost

A little back story…

I started writing pro bono for The Huffington Post, now just Huffpo, about 4 years ago when I met and interviewed Arianna Huffington for my docu-series, Behind the Brand.

Arianna was very kind and shared a lot of her personal stories off camera, then invited me to share my videos and written articles as an opportunity to have another platform beyond Youtube to reach new audiences. Her feature did well and garnered over 100,000 views on Youtube. I was excited to start writing more and accepted and started as a contributor soon after. One of my most read and watched pieces featured author Simon Sinek, titled, “6 Ways to Unlock Your Inner Leadership Skills.

Over the years I build a solid following and really enjoyed writing. When Arianna announced her departure and the new leadership took over I didn’t expect much to change, but it did.

In February 2017 I was abruptly locked out of my Byline and contributor page. I promptly sent at note to the Blog team helpers but got no response. I then emailed several people I knew in PR at Huffpost who had invited me to feature Arianna when I brought my crew from LA (at my expense) to the Huffpost offices in NYC. Still no response. Everyone was on radio silence for some reason.

In a last ditch effort I sent a note to Arianna explaining my plight and she forwarded a note to Associate Editor at Huffpost, Madeline Wahl. I waited a week, then sent a follow up. I repeated this process for a few months and got zero responses.

Why did I quit Huffpost? Actually, I didn’t quit. I have been shut out without recourse and now it looks like several of my last articles have randomly been deleted.

Sorry for whining, but it feels like a hard underserved slap in the face for all of the pro bono work I did. At the very least, if I could, I’d log into my column and delete all of my entries so it doesn’t look so unkept and in shambles. At the most, if you’re listening Huffpost, I’d consider coming back if you provided an explanation and apology. For now, I guess I’ll stick to Medium and Youtube.

Have any of you experienced something similar? I’d love to hear your story. Please leave a comment or Tweet me @BryanElliott on twitter.