Does Crunchable Have a Future?

The start of a round-table discussion.

Dear friends in Crunch:

In October 2001, few of us had ever heard the word “blog.” Mark Zuckerberg was a 17-year-old kid; he wouldn’t dream up Facebook for another two and a half years. There was no YouTube, no Hulu, no Twitter. No WiFi. No iPod, iPhone, or smartphone of any kind.

But there was Crunchable.

Nine years feels like centuries’ worth of Internet time; it’s a lot of time in the plain, old-fashioned offline world, too. In that time, I graduated college, got married, completed grad school, found a job, moved through three different positions at the company where I work, and somewhere along the way picked up two kids and two dogs.

And still there’s Crunchable — but maybe it won’t always be that way.

We’re at a crossroads with the site. As our lives have changed and our commitments have grown, it’s become clear we need to make some major organizational changes. As we do that, we need to take stock of what Crunchable is, was, and (maybe) should be.

I have lots of thoughts on these subjects — but mostly I want to hear what you think, and I don’t want to bias your responses.

What attracted you to Crunchable, as a reader and as a writer? What made you stick around?

What is — or was — Crunchable’s reason for being?

I started reading Crunchable because my friends from college were writing for it. I enjoyed what they wrote, and the open ended but still thematically-bound qualities — the willingness to take each issue theme either very literally or apply it more loosely. In some articles, you know immediately how it connects to the theme; others take the title as a jumping-off point. I like that Crunchable is willing to go down both avenues.

So I started submitting my stuff, to write for it as well.

I’m a newcomer to the Crunchable game, and I haven’t been as prolific as some of your other writers.

But I’m proud of all the pieces I’ve written, and am thankful for the chance to have written them. As you know, most of them were composed at a time when I wasn’t a professional writer, so I enjoyed the chance to keep my skills sharp. And even now that I’m working again, I like knowing there’s a place where I can write sort of goofy, confessional, non-journalistic stuff.

Still, I understand if family and work obligations make it difficult to keep it up. If you need any sort of help, let me know.

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UPDATE: The discussion continues over here.

Article © 2010 by Michael Duck