Saturday, April 11, 2009

MEGO: What happened?

I think, with no new updates since November, it's safe to say that MEGO is no longer an ongoing concern. What happened? A few things:

1) It's really depressing documenting the changes happening in journalism once they've reached the doorsteps of friends and colleagues. I know the industry has to embrace a lot of cold, hard reality, but it doesn't make it any less painful when jobs are lost and friends are set adrift.

2) I began writing about similar topics as MEGO for the Huffington Post and it's hard to serve two masters (especially when the number of people reading my work there is a thousand-fold over what it is here).

3) Much of the work that's the most fun--pointing to great pieces about the evolution of publishing and journalism--I'm doing much more efficiently on Twitter, and it's hard to add additional context here as well.

4) I can write about what I think journalism needs to embrace in order to reach its new golden age (really!), but it's more important to teach it, which is where much of my energy is going now. If you're at all interested in that level of granularity, you can follow along.

5) I have a lot of other interesting projects in the works and only a scant few hours in a day to dedicate to them all. Here's one of them, which is now ready (enough) to show off.

So that's where I'm at right now. That's not to say that MEGO may not be revived at some point in the future, but it's to say that at present it's best to find me other places. If all this is too much to follow, it's probably easiest to follow along at the Metablog, which collects all my various online activity (including a TON of journalism-related links).

Thanks so much for enthusiastically reading MEGO for all this time! See you around the web.