I wish I were telling you about the marvelous success we continue to have at this point in the publication of Columnist With a View; but, unfortunately I’m not about that this evening. I’m deeply saddened because it’s all over.
During the two and a half years of publishing and editing our webzine, we did have some enormous successes. We were able to give voice all around the United States and abroad to so many who might never have been read. It was a great joy to do that. We published articles, stories and poetry from people who never expected ever to be published; and, we brought a smile to the faces of many who contributed to and read our on-line magazine.
For the past six months, Deborah and I have been wracking our brains to figure out how we could continue to afford to publish; but the truth is, we came to the place where we simply could no longer handle the expenses without going into our meager savings. We almost literally begged for help, even establishing a Go Fund Me account, but the balance came to $10.00 which I…I mean myself…contributed as “seed” money. We tried a Facebook Fund account, but they did not accept us.
Let’s face it, I love Columnist With a View, and I believe it made a real contribution to many, many people who enjoyed it. It was a life-long dream, and I absolutely hate to give it up. But, as I pointed out to Deb, even some big New York magazines have folded because they could no longer support themselves! Not saying we were a big New York magazine–oh, you know what I mean. It’s no disgrace to fail in the publishing business.
So, we’re folding it up. I suppose it might stay on-line for a period of time–I don’t know. It depends on when our domain shuts down for lack of payment or our IT guy shuts it down for lack of payment. Today, we cancelled the automatic payment for our IT guy. Roosevelt, thanks so much for all you did to keep us going, but we just can’t do it anymore.
Thanks, folks, for all your contributions and your readership and your “shares” and your helping us grow to 20,000 people around the globe!
There is still one hope. I might decide to do all of the set-up work myself through a blog-site and still write. I think anyone can do that without all the expense of purchasing a domain name and having someone maintain it. I’ll have to talk about it with some friends who have a blog. We’ll see. Bye-bye!