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!