But, will it, or anything else, save a media property whose origins had been in print?
And, the larger question is: Aren't most writers going to have to embrace a career transition, sooner perhaps than later?
The glut is growing.
It is driving down compensation.
And organizations hiring writers full-time or part-time frequently treat them as if the writers took a stupid pill.
Today, reports The Hill, the Chicago Sun Times published its front page as totally blank. That was its way to position and package its plea for readers to become subscribers to the digital edition. The fee for that is $7.49 a month. Peanuts. A pack of smokes runs a bit more.
But, how much longer can most newspapers hang on? Or, the more comprehensive issue: When will more writers have that ah-ha moment when they realize:
- It is becoming impossible to earn a good living as a writer per se
- Writing is an important skill, though, which serves as a tool in functioning as a professional.
- Writing is a satisfying hobby. Just look at all those wonderful blogs on WordPress. Many of the posters have day jobs in other lines of work.
During the past 11 months I have shifted more of my marketing to promoting my business coaching those over-50 and helping organizations rebrand as age-neutral. Here is a recent article I published on ageism on Odwyerpr.com. Sure, writing per se will always be on the service menu. In fact, I am negotiating to research and ghostwrite a book.
But, my future must be along a different career path. Good for writers who manage to hang in there with great compensation and decent treatment. But, for so many of the rest of us, that's no longer an option.
In the mid 1970s, the market for humanities college professors crashed. The doctoral studies were, well, essentially worthless. Some of my colleagues hung in, becoming low-paid adjuncts or gypsy scholars, traveling the world for one-year contracts.
I had the ah-ha moment and respected it. It took several tries to find a professional fit outside academic but that I did. That lasted decades. And that was that.
Again, I have started over.
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