After blogging for 27 months it's time for me to hang up my laptop.
I've wrestled for the past 2 weeks whether to keep blogging, and decided it's time to quit McClatchy Watch. I have more responsibilities at work, and I have plans for more time with my family. I need a break, too. No, this won't be a temporary break; I don't plan to start blogging again.
There is a definite demand for newspaper watchdog blogs. McClatchy has over 9,000 employees and I know from my stats that tons of them checked in here on a regular basis. My traffic also benefited from people -- plenty of them -- fascinated by the decline happening in the newspaper business. Somewhere a blog will rise to meet the thirst for information.
There are only a handful of newspaper watchdog blogs: Lee Watch, Gannettoid, smaller ones here and there. Jim Hopkins ended Gannett Blog in July.
Coincidentally, Jim Hopkins started Gannett Blog the same month I started McClatchy Watch. I consider it a minor achievement that I outlasted Jim by a few months. But Jim now says he might restart the blog.
Newspaper watchdog bloggers will mostly be hobbyists who don't do it for the money. For the past several months I have averaged 2,000 hits on weekdays, about half that on weekends. Not bad for this little blog but not a solid business model -- my monthly income from this blog was never more than about one sixth of my mortgage payment.
Publishing this blog has been fun and rewarding. Many thanks are in order. I appreciate, more than I can say, my readers, especially those who posted comments, who emailed me with tips and articles and personal stories. Thanks also to the other bloggers who linked here.
I might post a handful of times between now and Friday but the shutdown has started.
Here's wishing you a Merry Christmas.