UPDATE: I just wanted to touch base with you all, and let you know that an update is on the way. There are a couple of things I need to do before saying anything, but it shouldn't be more than a couple of days. Thank you all for your kind comments, and your patience.
As of this month, I have been working on GoingSony for 4 years. I have posted thousands of news stories, and hundreds of Lgndary Thoughts.
And it isn’t working.
I’ll be honest with everyone, I’m at a point in my life where I can’t keep doing this simply as a hobby. If it were up to me, I’d keep working here forever. But the reality is that if the site can’t support me, even just a little bit, then I will have no other option but to start thinking about my future somewhere else.
I spoke with Aaron (Cortjezter) a few days ago about the site as a whole and my current financial situation. While a specific solution was not found, we both agreed that the news blog style of GoingSony just isn’t doing it. And that an increase in news stories isn’t the answer.
So here is the deal. I am going to be taking some time to figure out exactly what role I will have here at GoingSony, if I have one at all. I love this site, and I love you all, but we have to start seeing significant growth if this is going to work. Something has to change, and I don’t want to rush into a decision this big.
To figure out what that change will be, I have decided to take next week off. Yup, you read that right. No news stories will be posted for the week of April 8th. This story will remain at the top of the site for that entire duration so everyone can see it, and hopefully give some insight. The amount of people that visit the site far exceeds the number of active commenters. I don’t expect much, but it would mean the world to me if everyone could leave a comment on what you would like to see from GoingSony in the future.
Like I said, I will be taking next week off so that I have time to seriously think about the future of the site, even if that future doesn’t include me. But I do have some early ideas. Below is a list of possibilities that I will be considering, and would appreciate your thoughts on.
An editorial focus (more articles and opinion pieces)
Podcast (This would be a long shot, but I’m curious about how much interest there would be.)
More personality (I’m very robotic in most things I write. This would be the opposite of that.)
This is a preliminary list of possible directions for GoingSony. I’m open to doing all of them, or none of them. I’m even thinking about changing my username to something more recognizable. Everything is on the table. So if you have any opinion at all, I would love to hear about it. You can leave a comment below, or feel free to shoot me an email by clicking on “contact us” at the bottom of this page.
To reiterate. Something has to change with GoingSony if it is going to be successful. I don’t know what the solution will be, but I will be taking next week off to try to figure out what can be done. If anyone has an opinion, please please please please let me know about it. Again, you don’t even have to make an account. Just send me an email.
Even though I won’t be posting news stories next week, I will still be around to respond to comments should people leave them. Thank you all for your support and understanding so far, I hope to hear from everyone in the coming week.