Playtime is over ... for now

When I left the Los Angeles Times three weeks ago, I received an e-mail from a friend who said I'd be twice as happy and make twice as much money within six months.

I'm already twice as happy. It's difficult to put into words what it's like working at a newspaper you love knowing that it's in steep decline and there's nothing you can do to stop it. You can't really measure what that does to your psyche until you remove yourself from the newsroom.

Though I haven't seen cent one, my friend's money prediction also appears to be on target. I'm putting together several business partnerships (including an exciting one with former Daily Pilot publisher Tom Johnson), working nearly full-time on my wife's business (Greer's OC -- please sign up for the "FREE Daily Dose of OC" that gives readers the latest in Orange County fashion, dining and trends), and getting my book ("Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America -- and Found Unexpected Peace") ready for its February launch.

So I need to stop blogging at Lobdell's OC -- at least for now. This gig doesn't pay, but is highly addicting. A bad combination for someone needing to put money in the bank for his family of six. Thanks for reading, and I'll be in touch. If you're dying to read something by me, you'll still be blogging about religion at www.williamlobdell.com.

16 comments:

The Pot Stirrer said...

I'll miss the frequent jolt provided here, but your blood pressure will probably be a lot lower. Go make some money!

HBgal said...

Wow. Sorry to hear that. I look forward to hearing your voice through other outlets.

DeAnna Cameron said...

You're such a tease :-)

Ed Padgett said...

William,

So sad to hear you’re throwing in the towel, but with so many depending on you, it’s understandable. Will miss your daily commentary on Orange County and wish you and your family the best.

The Blogging Pressman
Los Angeles Times

Jim of L-Town said...

Man, just my luck, I find a kindred spirit, a journalist who loved his newspaper, yet forced to watch it kill it itself with incompetence.
Like you, I have also found some employment. Unlike you, it is part-time without benefits.
Fortunately, I survived in newspapers long enough to acquire a monthly retirement check for life (fingers definitely crossed) so I don't need the benefits.
In my spare time I will continue to blog about my former pasttime. Until, like you, I find another full-time passion.
Having just found this site in the past month, I feel a little like I did when I discovered Seinfeld in its final season. You know, sorry I hadn't tuned in sooner.
Good luck

Fifty-One-Fifty said...

Blogging can be a useful tool to for self-promotion, which can help you with your book sells, or whatever you plan on writing next. Whatever helps get your name out there because blogging gives you traffic. I suggest keep writing, even though it's free now, it pays later.

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