Mourn Your Space

Doug “Blue Skunk” Johnson writes of his last column:

My last column in LMC (Library Media Connection) came in yesterday’s mail. To say it was a bittersweet experience is an understatement. And it may well be that I am the only person for whom this end has much meaning.

Well, Doug, let me tell you that you’re not the only writer to mourn the loss of his column. I still remember the death of my columns in TechEdge, T&L, Education World publications. The loss of those taught me the beauty of blogs…not having to worry about editors’ changing the leads, and the freedom to write a column (or not) as I felt necessary.

Although I’ve been tempted several times to write a column, I love the fact that I can write in my blog and reach an audience of people who may be MORE passionate about the content than a casual reader of a published/online magazine audience. It may be less folks, but interactions are quite rewarding.

That positive thought aside, there’s no reason to not pause for a moment to mourn a space that’s been lost. Fortunately, Twitter and blogs bring us closer to our readers!


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  1. Hi Miguel,

    This year I will go from two columns to zero. The LMC column I voluntarily retired; Ed Leadership fired me (the tech column will now be written by classroom teachers, as I understand it.) I don't think the Ed Leadership people every got over having to actually pay a writer, not that it was much, and I got into it a couple times with my editor this year who decided on occasion she preferred her writing style to mine, getting the facts wrong in the process.

    I will keep blogging, as you suggest, and see if I still have some articles in me. I DO still like to appear in print for what it's worth.

    Appreciate knowing that someone else has had this experience. Thanks for the post.


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