So long for now

I need to take a few moments to make formal what should already have been apparent—UMagazinology has been put on hiatus. Actually, I’m moving it from simple neglect to hiatus status. Two reasons. One, it has become increasingly hard for me to find the time to devote to doing the job properly. Second, I think I’ve said just about everything I have to say. If you’ve been a reader here, and read my posts on CUE over the years, and heard me speak at conferences like the Editors Forum…well, you’ve heard it. Heard it multiple times, I fear. I’m keen on not boring you and I’ve started to bore myself.

So I’m going to mothball this project for a bit while I ponder a way forward that does justice to all of your magazines and your work and is also feasible for me. If I find a method for continuing, I’ll resume the blog; nothing here will disappear, we’re not shuttering the place, but we are spreading sheets on the furniture and turning off the water so the pipes don’t corrode. Thank you for reading all these years, thank you for your contributions, and thank you for the good work you do. Bye for now.

17 comments

  1. Malcolm Woods

    Thanks for the work you’ve put in on this site. I’ve found a LOT of useful advice, examples and info here that has made my job easier and made me better at it. I’m bummed to see the plastic going over all the furniture, but I’m keeping this bookmark, just in case.

  2. Chris Horn

    You’ve provided a strong voice for expressing why what we do matters — and why it doesn’t matter if we don’t do our jobs well. I hope you find inspiration and time for a new iteration of UMagazinology.

  3. Megan

    Thank you for all the time you’ve invested thus far — you have been an inspiration to all of us in the trenches. I’m hopeful that others might miss the UMagazinology posts so much, they offer to take turns holding the torch.

  4. Beth Wilson

    Amid challenges and frustrations and what sometimes seemed like downright futility, UMagazinology in my inbox never failed to revive my work and self. Thanks for insights, humor, and simply enjoyable reading, Dale. And never boring. Come back soon!

  5. Chris Lazzarino

    You’ve always been a strong and much-appreciated voice to help those of us lucky enough to be in this business recognize the opportunity for what it is — priceless. THNX, Dale.

  6. Leslie Stainton

    I hope you’ll keep open the possibility of posting from time to time in case something non-boring occurs to you!! We’ll miss your voice. And btw, the boss who gave me such a long long editorial leash (or no leash at all) has been let go. Plus ca change.

  7. Sean Ramsden

    As a relatively latecomer to the site, this is a real disappointment, even though your reasoning is perfectly sound. Please do, as others have suggested, chip in a few thoughts here and there as they become apparent to you. And thanks for being a beacon of sanity.

  8. Sean Ramsden

    As a relatively late comer to the site, this is a real disappointment, even though your reasoning is perfectly sound. Please do, as others have suggested, chip in a few thoughts here and there as they become apparent to you. And thanks for being a beacon of sanity.

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