We’ve courted offers to sell the blog in a way that links it to a major publication or web portal. The serious considerations have been this month where we were resolved to make a decision by June 30.
That day has come and we’re not moving.
The objective wasn’t to be a part of a large media service for money. Frankly, the money offered wasn’t much guaranteed—though manageable, considering the added opportunity of exposure. The dealbreaker on every end was our real objective: to move the blog to a superhigh-traffic domain, but keep the content within the commons.
All parties expressed great enthusiasm about having us on their team, but all balked on the condition that all content be under a Creative Commons License. It’s a shame because a couple of the media outlets were very large, but that’s how the cookie crumbles.
The fact is that we lowered our financial burden to extreme levels to include this term and every buyer refused. The only one that didn’t, simply picked another addition to their content over us because they decided he was better fit—and he’s a great addition to their great site.
The end result: we’re here and will be for quite some time. If anything changes, it would be more content and better ways to share information and analysis—and we’ll be tinkering with methods throughout the summer to do so. We would still like to have a Creative Commons blog on a high-content domain that allows for expanding our service to one of news summaries and extensive analysis posts instead of the op-ed-blogging hybrid we’ve developed.
We’d like to extend a thank you to all of our subscribers, contributors, funders, readers and especially those who’ve mirrored the content of this site to their blogs.
Sayyid went on vacation Monday and Alex will gone until Sunday. The Wire and this blog will hibernate, most likely, until Sayyid gets back to Chicago on Tuesday. We’ll spend the middle of the week going through a lot of missed information and publish a high content toward the end of next week, throughout the weekend and be back to daily briefings and posts the week after.
Happy 4th of July!