Friday, December 2, 2011
Et tu, WiseGeek?
WiseGeek -- the third content site to make a major announcement in the past two days -- announced it will stop publishing new content in January. (Hat tip to Rena, again, and to the Demand Studios General Discussion Forum.)
I'll post more information when I have it.
I wonder why all these announcements from all of these sites are coming at the same time. And on top of that, today is the one-year anniversary -- to the day -- that Helium abruptly announced it was scrapping its upfront payment system and substituting the first of its new, confusing systems that paid increasingly lower and lower rates.
Is there something significant about the first two days of December? Are December 1 and 2 like the Ides of March for writers -- dates that hold a special significance and danger? Beware, writers, of the onesies and twosies of the twelfth month?
Is it that the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a good time for a news dump -- a time when people are paying less attention to the news -- a time similar to Friday evenings, the traditional time for politicians to make announcements they hope no one will hear?
Does it have something to do with the companies needing to get things done before the end of the fiscal year -- but not wanting to make a move RIGHT before Christmas, lest they be too easily painted as Scrooges?
It's a puzzle.