There’s an interesting discussion thread going on now at the Boating Writers International group at LinkedIn, with one of the marine industry’s big publishing advertisers encouraging individual journalists to take the lead over existing media brands and build their own websites. Apparently, this advertiser believes individual journalists are better positioned than leading magazines to develop meaningful readership on the Web. And this advertiser has the dollars to support the best ideas.
It’s the first time I’ve heard that sentiment expressed so bluntly in a public forum. While it no doubt raised the hackles of many publishers whose magazines carry my byline, it also validates my decision to have launched CharterWave nearly three years ago.
As the current president of Boating Writers International, I’m working on ways to help my fellow journalists do exactly what I’ve done–and now with a bit more wind in my sails.
When I went freelance in 2003, I thought I’d enjoy a life focused on nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Instead, each day is increasingly about data dumps, DNS propagation, and server redistribution.
Yes, we have the technology. But can it re-build me?
My training for September’s sprint triathlon continued at 6 a.m. today with an eight-mile bike ride. I shaved nearly four minutes off my time from the same route just three days ago.
This is the first time I’ve thought that I might actually be able to get to the bike-run transition area before they shut it down. Sure, I’ll still probably finish last in my age group, and yes, I expect to cross the finish line a good half-hour after they’ve given out the winners’ awards, but maybe I won’t be a complete embarrassment after all.
And I feel really great for trying.
This website is designed for editors and fellow journalists who want to learn more about my skills and style.
Yes, the old KimKavin.com let you do that, too, but not with nifty features such as a live feed from my Twitter page, an RSS feed of my daily blog on CharterWave.com, and the ability to show you my first forays into vidcasting.
I hope this new site will keep pace technologically with all the new formats where I apply my journalism skills in the future. Thanks for taking the time to explore my body of work.