did you make that up? I wondered where you were going with it. Well written
Gary and Jim
as a hack I conider myself lucky to still have two sailing magazines I can write for. Practical Boat Owner in the UK who pay around £100 a page - snaps for free. The other is Small Craft Advisor - at around $100 a page.
terrible money compared to even ten years ago....but times are tough for the publishers.
So in the land of the Ipad what is the revenue model?
I assume that there is not one for a market as tiny as yachting journalism.
At the moment on the streamed video films I earn around 70 cents a 1000 downloads
a million viewed films a year adds up to $700 - or about a week's wages for an employed trainee hack.
amazingly, old blokes are still buying the DVDs - which I hand label and stick into Jiffy bags myself here at KTL mega corp industries limited
but I assume that market will die - and I am already giving the films away free for streaming on the web
However, and here is the clincher......
a hypothetical question
if you could choose between no more magazines
no more sailing related web sites, forums or searches I know which way I would go
what I hate is the way my own behaviour is killing my own industry
PS tough times are the reason why I have spent this winter sailing a duck punt rather than investing £50 in a tank of petrol to get to the proper boat
Duck punt in a stiff breeze - www.keepturningleft.co.uk - YouTube
the inevitable demise of real sailing journalism - www.keepturningleft.co.uk - YouTube