Posted by: Jon Fine on September 24, 2009
I thought that if I put this off long enough, then writing it would be easier. This notion is, of course, wholly divorced from reality.
As some of you may have heard, my wife and I will be taking a sabbatical until next spring, so that we can do lots of travelling. It’s possible—though not probable—that I might do a column or two while I’m away. But a big part of the idea taking time off is to—how else to put this?—actually take time off, and I will not be updating this blog until I return.
Posting in my place, on what will be temporarily be known as On Media (though this URL will remain the same) will be my two way-more-than able colleagues on the media beat at BusinessWeek. From the Left Coast, Ron Grover. From New York, Tom Lowry, who debuted here yesterday with a nice scoop about developments in the BusinessWeek sale process. (Tom will be taking over my duties reporting on said sale process, so send all tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.) And you may recall meeting Ron from his previous posts this month.
The biggest surprise to me about this whole taking-time-off thing is how hard it is to step away from the keyboard with the knowledge that it’s going to be a while before I come back and hang out here with you all again. Really. I can’t adequately convey how much I will miss your comments, your challenges, your wit, your exasperation with my lazier moments, and, more than anything, the attention that you’ve so kindly granted me. “Privilege” is an overused word. But it’s also the only one that seems appropriate in this situation.
Right now, though, it’s time for me to start searching for a decent seat in the middle rows out there, and start watching this blog from the perspective of the audience. Have a blast here with Ron and Tom, and goodbye, for now. Thanks for listening. But thanks even more for taking the time to talk back.
The media, entertainment and marketing worlds continue to shapeshift on a near-daily basis, as new forms arise and old assumptions erode. Where is it all going? No one really knows. But on this blog BusinessWeek’s media writers Tom Lowry and Ron Grover promise to provide ample helpings of scoop, provocation, and sharp analysis as they track and annotate this constantly changing terrain.