The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

28 October 2007

Grrl Genius gets the boot

I've had more than one occasion to quote Cathryn Michon, author of The Grrl Genius Guide to Life, who for many months has been posting regularly to the iVillage blog community.

No more. As she explains elsewhere:

A few months ago, iVillage.com brought on a new editor in chief, Jennie Baird. I haven't met Jennie, but she has been highly regarded in the world of the Internet. Previously she was at AOL and was a great success there.

Probably because she has observed the trend of free content on the web (most evident in the overwhelming popularity of YouTube) Jennie has made the difficult business decision that iVillage.com will no longer pay for blog content.

Which means I can no longer afford to write this blog, and as of next Friday, there will be no more Grrl Genius blog on iVillage.com. I don't know how long the archives will remain on the site, but I won't be creating any new content. No one will be taking over the blog because Grrl Genius remains my intellectual property and franchise.

Later she found out how long the archives would remain on the site:

I compared the situation to what is going on here in Hollywood, and iVillage.com, well ... as near as I can figure kind of "freaked out." Within 12 hours they removed all of the blog content off the site, and have blocked all comments from readers asking what had happened.

What is going on in Hollywood, not incidentally, is the possibility of a writers' strike, and:

Like most of my fellow actors and writers I am just a middle class person in show biz (not a superstar with oodles of money to live off when I'm not working) so I have to spend as much time as I can creating projects I can live off of when there is no paying work to be had as a writer or actress here.

The Guild's Minimum Basic Agreement expires on the 31st. Writers can earn big bucks, though the average annual income is about $44,000, which doesn't go far in Hollywood. (Heck, it doesn't go all that far in Oklahoma City.)

I have no doubt, however, that this will end well: one of the distinguishing characteristics of the Grrl Genius is that she always lands on her feet. She might not get to wear heels for a while, but that's a small price to pay.

Disclosure: If I seem unduly concerned with the well-being of Hollywood types, well, once upon a time there was a (very) slight chance that I could have been one of them.

Posted at 3:09 PM to Blogorrhea


I hope the strike doesn't go too long for her sake. The last one was almost endless. I guess we're all sorta in show biz, eh?
WC

Posted by: Writer Chick at 4:36 PM on 28 October 2007

You're better off in OK.

Posted by: Alan Sullivan at 5:01 PM on 28 October 2007

No doubt. There's always going to be just a hint of "What if....?" in the back of my mind, though.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:22 PM on 28 October 2007

In my case, it's always been "What if...I had a talent for writing?" and that's as far as it'll ever go as my artistic talent is entirely too similar to autistic.

Posted by: unimpressed at 6:45 PM on 28 October 2007

There are an awful lot of talented writers who won't brave the cutthroat Hollywood scene, and an awful lot of mediocre ones that do and are quite successful. I could continue and spleen vent 'till the cows come home but you get the point.

Posted by: fits at 9:38 PM on 28 October 2007