By Chuck Woodbury
More of you now read this website and its newsletters on your smartphone than on a computer. I know how it goes because I do the same with what I read.
But as a publisher, I think it stinks that so many of you are reading on a phone! My publishing days date back to when everybody read everything in printed form. As a publisher back then I could position my articles, photos and graphics in creative ways, using bigger headlines for more important stories, and placing graphics here and there to spice up those articles. The most important stories went on the front page, the least important toward the back.
Now, publishing online for mostly readers on smartphones, everything appears one story atop another in one long column. To me as a publisher that’s boring. It’s doesn’t feel nearly as creative, and I seldom feel proud of how I present a particular article and/or photos. I wish everyone still read with their computer where I had more control over the appearance. Alas, those days, too, are mostly gone.
I miss the good ol’ days. Yet I love the new days, too, for practical reasons: It’s so much simpler — and cheaper — to publish today.
This website and its newsletters are visited by about 200,000 different RVers a month who chalk up more than a million page views. I’d be out of business in a few months if I had to pay for printing and postage like in the old days. As is, I pay a fraction of that in bandwidth.
I can complain if I wish, but, really, that’s the just the way it is, and I’m okay with that. So just sayin’…