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    Mark hasn't done a farewell column yet--maybe it'll occasionally pop up like WJIB's Let's Talk About Radio (admittedly Bob hasn't done one of those since before the FM translator went on...and the last time was tough to hear due to late sunrise on 740 signal).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wimmmex View Post
    My guess? Like so many other bloggers, podcasters, etc...they tire of the effort to put forth something with very little in return. How many podcasts have faded off? How many blogs are left fallow?
    It's tough to do a blog or website that demands constant new content. At times, the amount of work can be staggering.

    But there are rewards, such as seeing a higher and higher page view count or receiving nice notes from users.

    However, I am occasionally astounded that there are users of free, non-commercial sites who write and abrasively demand additional content, changes in site design or make comments about relatively little errors as if one were responsible for world hunger or global warning.

    I've been doing my historical preservation site for more than a decade now, and there have been moments where one annoying user has made me question the continuation of what is an 8-hour-a-day job at a minimum. But when I reflect on the total users, I realize that I am just getting a sample of the blind, irrational rudeness that is prevalent in our society today and protected by the anonymity of a made-up user name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    To be honest, though, yours is more than a traditional blog. You do real enterprise reporting, and I always enjoy your photos.

    Don Barrett has threatened many times to shut down his laradio.com blog, and he comes back every time. He could easily charge for what he does too.
    Thanks for the kind words. I've never thought of NERW as a "blog," per se; having started back in (gulp) 1994, it long predates anything that would later be called "blogging."

    I always thought of it as a column, and still do, even as it's migrated through the years from the old rec.radio.broadcasting (where the late Bill Pfeiffer came up with the "Radio Watcher" concept that both Mark and I adapted - the whole reason I'm NERW is that he got to "Boston" Radio Watch first, so I did "New England," later "NorthEast") to email lists to bostonradio.org to fybush.com.

    As for Don, I think I still have a PayPal subscription that tosses 15 bucks his way every year. It's well worth it for the community he connects.
    All kinds of good stuff over at http://www.fybush.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidEduardo View Post


    I've been doing my historical preservation site for more than a decade now, and there have been moments where one annoying user has made me question the continuation of what is an 8-hour-a-day job at a minimum. But when I reflect on the total users, I realize that I am just getting a sample of the blind, irrational rudeness that is prevalent in our society today and protected by the anonymity of a made-up user name.
    I've been pretty lucky, all in all. After giving away NERW content for free from 1994 until the mid-2000s, my switch to a voluntary donation model produced a little grumbling but also plenty of positive response. I knew there'd be more grumbling and some lost traffic when the column went to a mandatory paywall a few years later, but by and large people have understood that what started as a hobby while I had full-time employment back in my WBZ days is now a business that has to have subscribers and advertisers if it's going to justify all the time that goes into it. (And of course there are more mouths to feed in the household than there were back then, not to mention college coming along in a few years!)

    I've never known much about what else Mark does outside of BRW, and I don't believe we've ever met in person after all these years. Whatever his plans are next, I wish him well.
    All kinds of good stuff over at http://www.fybush.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by fybush View Post
    Rapidly approaching the 25th anniversary of NERW over here... and if Mark has truly hung up BRW, I'm sorry to see him go.

    (No apologies, however, for going to a subscription model a few years back. NERW would have ended by now, otherwise.)
    Your incisive and engaging posts certainly justify a subscription model. Oh, and I just flipped my office calendar to reveal a nice shot of Albuquerque!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kemosabe View Post
    Your incisive and engaging posts certainly justify a subscription model. Oh, and I just flipped my office calendar to reveal a nice shot of Albuquerque!
    That's such a photogenic area! Some year I want to go during Balloon Fest to get some shots of balloons near (but not TOO NEAR) the KKOB tower.
    All kinds of good stuff over at http://www.fybush.com

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