Friday, April 11, 2014

LatinoLA: A marathon, not a sprint

I noticed I had this blog. Actually, I tend to forget and/or ignore it. I glanced at the title of my last two posts. I realized I was wrong. This project is a marathon, not a sprint.

What I am feeling now: Jubilation, fatigue, rush, amazement. Obligation, respect, community. Technology, creativity, history. That is my story.

I am glad we are still here to help you tell yours. So many, and more to put out there. Readers enjoying, learning, inspired to tell theirs too.

Moving on 15 years, more to do. I need help. All kinds. I am organizing a meet/panel/forum/focus group, a charla, to talk about it. Late April, probably at the Mexican Cultural Institute at El Pueblo/Olvera Street.


Let me know! Send me an e-mail with subject line: "Which Way, LatinoLA?" Include your contact info and a brief story of why you'd like help and with what.

- Abelardo, el editor de LatinoLA

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sprinting to the last mile

I get anxious, I know. Worry some. Lose a little faith. I guess it comes with being so involved with LatinoLA / LatinoCities for so long. Personally and professionally, I have a lot at stake here.

So when I sense delay, I think demise. When things go slowly, I fear that the full stop. I am wrong in thinking that way.

After a meeting this past Friday with our development leadership, it looks like we are on the proverbial "last mile" of completing the new site. There is a list of actions that must be taken for that to happen, but the list isn't really that long and probably won't take that much time. We're talking about a few weeks.

With that, let me thank you for hanging in there with us, with me. Your comments have been extremely encouraging. We are onto something big and good for our communities.

¡Gracias por su apoyo!

Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 14

Another year came and went. We celebrated our 14th year online on July 1. Hooray!

Let's see:

12, 019 stories published, more or less.

21,550 calendar listings published, more or less.

14 years of newsletters, published weekly (most of the time, let's say, 45 per year times 14 equals ... 630 newsletters, more or less).

Stories by Frankie Firme - about 400, more or less

Page views - in the millions

Our listing on Google when you search on the word "Latino" - Number Four

People who've attended events we've listed: Millions, no doubt

People who've been moved to comment on our stories (to themselves, to their friends/colleagues/family or online): Millions, do doubt.

Yes, our analytics are state of the art.

Still, a sense of disquiet, of foreboding, of fatigue. This is still a struggling site, as I've been working on the next iteration of LatinoLA, calling it LatinoCities, for way too long. And each time I look into its progress, the timeline is pushed further back and further back.

I don't know how long I can continue. I know we are all struggling, but have I put too much effort into this endeavor at the expense of my career, family, personal life? Only I can answer that, but I ask you: Is LatinoLA still a worthwhile media player?

Thanks in advance for your honesty.