Friday, May 14, 2010
Shhh. Be vewwy, vewwy quiet
It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Several things conspired to push “The Electronic Investor” out of the pages of Barron’s for most of the month of April.
EI is one of the few columns written by freelancers (Yours Truly as well as Mike Hogan), so when ad pages are short, or a feature written by a salaried staffer goes long, we are the usual page to eliminate for that week. It’s been a problem several times, especially in mid-April when I had a column that had a time limit on it due to some pricing specials that the companies I was going to feature were running. When that column was pushed a week later, it wouldn’t have been printed until the specials had expired.
Then while I was trying to come up with a replacement column a week later, I had some scary health issues to deal with that kept me out of my office. After that, we had another week delay due to an editorial decision. Finally, Mike had a column run on May 3, and I returned after 5 weeks of invisibility on May 10.
I should have published the column that had the special pricing in it here, but spent entirely too much time getting poked and prodded by doctors and other evil creatures that week to focus on it. My apologies for letting that opportunity pass by.
With any luck, we won’t have any more of those delays ever again ... but it’s hard to predict.