This is the 365th post at Indie Albany, 53 days before our first anniversary. Well done, team. Well done, readers. Thank you all, sincerely.
My goal at the beginning was to try to have enough writers here to guarantee at least one fresh post per day, so we did a little bit better than that, which I think is great. I’m not interested in having Indie Albany become an all-day time-wasting destination like Facebook or the comments logs on certain commercial blog portals hereabouts, but instead wanted it to be the kind of website that folks would check each morning over coffee, get a nice dose of something, and then move on. I think we have achieved that.
I had initially thought that we would need 16 writers to maintain that level, but we’ve done it with only nine, so that’s satisfying. That being said, I still believe we need one more writer, so if you’re interested and qualified and committed, holla. I stress “committed,” since we had several other writers over the past ten months who joined, but then weren’t able to meet the minimal 30 days between posts requirement that I have set for participation here.
That’s not a knock against them, it’s just a recognition that this wasn’t the right place for them to find a creative public outlet. I’m grateful for what they contributed while they were here, and glad that our model allowed them to take it with them when they left, rather than holding it hostage here in perpetuity against their will.
Having been the primary organizing and motive force behind Indie Albany since its inception, I’m looking forward to pulling back a bit from “back of house” marketing efforts and letting our other writers continue to cultivate and engage with their own readers, in their own ways. This site won’t have meaningful legs if its audience is primarily composed of folks who I brought in from earlier web-based projects, so it has been fun to see people who have absolutely no connection to me engaging and participating in the “community” here. (Those quote marks are for Ryan, with great fondness).
I started this site in reactive mode, protesting a communal blog model that had offended my sensibilities. It’s been great to see Indie Albany grow into something proactive and positive, that doesn’t require a mirrored reflection of that negative model to find its own meaning and definition and purpose. I am grateful to Ryan, Greg, Marcia, Kirsten, Connick, David, Kristen and Jennifer for taking such a personal interest in the site. It was that commitment and connection that has allowed it to move beyond being simply my own selfish act of protest.
As my confidence in the team here grows, and as noted in earlier posts, I’m spending less time here and more time working to re-establish jericsmith.com for the fourth time. It’s my personal brand, and I’ve got the domain locked up until 2020, so I figure I need to use it for something. I’ve decided to use Indie Albany as my outlet for creative writing (either things I create myself, or my commentary on the creative works of others, or piffle and tripe that just doesn’t feel work-friendly to me), while J. Eric Smith Dot Com is going to be dedicated to professional, academic, management and consulting projects. I’ve amassed a massive catalog of writing in those arenas over the past 25 years, some of which has been released online in the past, but much of which has never been seen beyond the professional or academic settings in which it was originally crafted. I’ll also be adding newly written material there, like a recent skeptical analysis of the contemporary self-help/success industry.
Lest you wonder where and how I’m finding time to manage two websites in parallel, the answer is simple: I’ve given up on Facebook, which is exactly the sort of soul-sucking time-waster that I hope Indie Albany and J. Eric Smith Dot Com never become. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have connected with some old friends there at Facebook, but I’ve realized that I really don’t care about reading multiple reports from each of them every day on the ongoing minutia of their lives, and also that they don’t need to have that much of an intimate view of what I’m up to, either.
I’m really easy to find online, so I’m operating on the assumption that if they really want or need to contact me, they’ll be able to find me, no problem.
Hopefully, Indie Albany will be one of the destinations that they will stumble upon when the seek me out. I will be proud to introduce them to the other writers here, who have really made this place something far more meaningful and special than anything I could have built on my own.
Thank you all!