The state of the site is good! Traffic is steady, the email list is approaching 5,000 subscribers, and advertiser interest remains strong enough that I’m able to keep raising the rates. But I’m starting to think about a way out.
I used to call Tribeca Citizen a jobby—the time commitment of a job, the revenue of a hobby—but it has grown into a legitimate business. And it has certainly shown how much this neighborhood values being in the know. The time is approaching, however, for me to do something else. I don’t know when that will be, and given the way this site has progressed, there’s a fair chance nothing will happen anytime soon. So don’t panic just yet.
The challenge is to find someone to take over. It could be another neighborhood site looking to branch out—I still think it could work—or a larger media company coveting this rich, engaged audience. Much of the editorial value is in the institutional knowledge I’ve accumulated over the years, so a hand-off would ideally happen sooner than later, in order for me to be part of the team for as long as possible. As much as I like to think the tone of my writing is integral to Tribeca Citizen’s appeal, the site ultimately thrives because of quality of the information—which someone else can clearly gather, while bringing his or her own style to it. Maybe that’s you…?
By all means, please pass this along to anyone you think might be tempted.