The Chickahominy Report

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Apologies for the hiatus

First Encounter -- Woman at Sunset

Gra­tu­itous beach pho­to: A woman views the sun­set at First Encounter Beach, Cape Cod, Mass­a­chu­setts. (Copy­right © 2010 David M. Lawrence)

MECHANICSVILLE, Va. — Any­one who has looked at this blog has noticed that noth­ing has been post­ed here in a long time. Some of you have e‑mailed me and asked “Why?”

I face the same prob­lem that many free­lance jour­nal­ists do: These days, it “pays” to blog, yet it real­ly does­n’t $PAY$ to blog. In oth­er words, blogs are a way to become more vis­i­ble and to do the kind of reportage we real­ly want to do; but our blogs don’t — at least in the short run — gen­er­ate the income we need to pay the bills, which includes pay­ing for the blog.

In my case, I had some drop-dead dead­lines to meet toward the end of last sum­mer, then I was offered the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work tem­porar­i­ly for Woods Hole Oceano­graph­ic Insti­tu­tion this fall. Giv­en my advanced age (48), I can no longer work around the clock the way I could when I was younger. Some­thing had to give, and this blog got axed (tem­porar­i­ly) from my schedule.

For exam­ple, the pre­vi­ous entry for this blog took about three weeks of near­ly full-time-equiv­a­lent report­ing — for which I earned exact­ly $0. Many blog­gers strug­gle with find­ing a bal­ance between the need to do a good job ver­sus the income, or lack there­of, deriv­ing from that good work. I obvi­ous­ly haven’t found the solution.

So, for those of you seek­ing news on the envi­ron­ment of the Mid-Atlantic the past few months, my apolo­gies. I am now back and hope to do a bet­ter job of post­ing reg­u­lar­ly to this site with­out sac­ri­fic­ing my jour­nal­is­tic standards.

In the mean­time, if any of you hear of a job in the neigh­bor­hood, please let me know…

— David M. Lawrence

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