Blogging about what other people are making
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Gina Trapani is no longer going to be the lead writer at Lifehacker.
The bottom line is this: for someone who loves making things on the web, spending 100% of the time blogging about what other people are making is simply untenable (via LifeHacker)...
I have butted up against that very same problem. dashPunk Media, dashPunk.com, and the Project: Shadow Informant started as side projects for me. They were footnotes to my fiction writing.
Brian and I were having these discussions anyway, why not have them publicly.
Over time, they have devoured more and more of my time. It is no longer a side project, they have become my main job, and I am sneaking every moment I can to work on my fiction as a sideline. It is not easy.
I am not giving up on the sites or the podcast, but I feel Gina's pain.
The one thing that propels me forward is my vision for dashPunk Media, and for the Genres that I love. So many reforms are necessary before any real change can happen. The marketplace is shifting, and no one knows where or how it will settle out.
These are dark times for writers. If the written word is to have a future beyond blogs and twitter, new models will have to be constructed.
It never ceases to amaze me the miriad ways people are exploring to move forward. We can only get there togeter.
I wish Gina the best of luck with all of her future projects, and I wish the same for everyone driven by passion. May you find every tool you need to realize your dreams.