This was a bit disheartening to read, and even more so when I got to the bottom and noticed the byline. Journal of Journeys was my second publication here and the first to give me any real traction.
The flip side of the coin is, I have only been here 30 days on Thursday, and I’ve been bragging on social media about my 3,600 views, 1700 read and 260 fans, thinking I was doing pretty good. I haven’t said much about the money, as I had no real expectations there. I did mention, however, that a piece that is only 30 hours old is already my 2nd most popular piece despite not being published or curated, and has made about $.14
Your post and my posts remind me of my stock photography business. I started there about 14 years ago. It seems like there were a lot of us, but in hindsight, we were only a handful. You could make good money with a shot of almost anything.
Fast forward to now, and you have to keep the hamster wheel spinning to stay even. Even though my income has increased every year if only slightly, my handful of images are competing with 1.5M a week from my competition.
For the last five years, the old-timers have been predicting doom, gloom, and the demise of the industry. Many, like you, have given up. I have not and probably won't.
I’m stubborn that way.
I said all that to say this. It would be a shame to see you go, and I hope you will reconsider.
Meanwhile, after years of having to write in the second person and follow many other strict guidelines of my non-fiction markets, I finally get to write what and how I want and to have an audience for it.
So, I’m going to enjoy the ride while it lasts.
And maybe, I’ll make a buck or two.