Them and Us
Brian Hull, who purchased the site in 2009, says he’s willing to transfer the site to someone for no financial gain.
“What’s most important to me is rebuilding the RI Future blog to what it was when I was running it full time. There are a couple people I’m in touch with about running the blog full time, but nothing as of yet. Things are still fluid right now, and my main concern is getting it back live,” he said via email Wednesday.
Ian paraphrases that as “he’ll hand over the blog for free,” which seems to assume more than the text allows — although Ian is certainly in a position to have additional insight.
Essentially, it sounds as if all of the folks who’ve run RIFuture have determined it to be more work than they’ve been willing to invest. By contrast, much of my activity over the past few months has been geared toward spending more time on this sort of activity. I let off the requests for full-time funding because (1) the regular pitches don’t appear to do much good, and (2) a couple of other opportunities arose that, although not entailing full-time AR work, would have opened up more time.
Those opportunities have not yet borne fruit, though, with one falling away entirely and the other in limbo, so I’ll venture the brief comment that it really wouldn’t take all that much to get Anchor Rising rolling as an honest-to-goodness media operation. Just a few generous investors could make it happen. It would stand as something of a vindication of our efforts if we managed to go professional at the same time that a site that is ostensibly more in keeping with the state’s political culture (and bolstered by union interests) struggles to remain in operation.
In the meantime, I do want to express gratitude to those who’ve joined our “subscriber” list in recent weeks. Every bit helps, and we’re getting to the point that the regular revenue should ensure that Anchor Rising doesn’t ever again become host to the young lady currently representing our progressive counterpart.
The penultimate paragraph didn’t come out as I’d intended, so I’ve rewritten it to better capture my meaning. I don’t particularly wish RIFuture gone or revel in its struggles. At the same time, the blogs are part of a larger social context, and at that level of competition, our side is hardly dominant.