Tagged: blogging

Breaking Away

Andrew Sullivan, the blogging pioneer who has most recently worked for the Daily Beast, is setting up his own standalone shingle. His blog (which he writes with several other people, but which is still largely his voice) is going to be an independent site, with no Time, Atlantic or Daily Beast behind it. And he’s going to be blogging for a price: Beginning on Feb. 1, it will cost $19.99 a year to visit the site. (He stresses in his announcement post that this isn’t a paywall, but rather “a freemium-based meter,” but it still boils down to a paywall. Readers can read a limited number of longer posts before having to pay or hitting the wall.)

It’s going to be fascinating to see how this works. Sullivan’s name alone is a big enough brand to draw in audiences, so he’s clearly going to get a decent number of subscribers willing to pay $20 bucks a year for his mix of commentary, links and photos taken from people’s windows. But will he get enough to support himself and a staff? Will he change, enhance or expand his blogging style to warrant the price tab? And in two years, will he still be doing this solo, or will he have set up shop at BuzzFeed or joined the Awl network or somesuch? I don’t know, because no one really knows, but it will be an interesting experiment.

Taking Your Ball And Going Home

We recently discussed the curious case of star Esquire/ESPN writer Chris Jones, a talented writer who comes across as a massive dink when he blogs or tweets or otherwise expresses his personal thoughts. Now Jones has decided to shutter his blog and delete much of the content, partly due to time constraints but mostly because people on the Internet were mean to him. Continue reading

Blogging while the world sleeps

This essay, by a guy who worked for a while as a nighttime blogger, resonated with me. A lot of it rang very true to me, from the fascination other people have with my hours (“When do you go to sleep!?”) to the freeing excuse out of any unwanted social obligation. I’m lucky in that not all of it rings true to me — because I do go to an office and interact with people and such during some other hours of the day — but still, it was interesting.

There’s something oddly enjoyable about working during the hours when everyone else you know is seemingly asleep. Blogging, specifically; I would probably not find it freeing nor fun if I was getting up at 5 a.m. to lay brick or something. The world is quiet around you. There seems to be more time. And for someone like me, who had so very little experience with this side of the middle of the night, it’s become almost liberating. I never thought I’d experience this part of the world, and experiences like that are always the ones where you hope you learn something.