A couple of weeks ago I received a notice from Examiner.com that they were going to be closing shop by the second week of July 2016. The parent company was consolidating their efforts to concentrate on entertainment news only. This email also informed all Examiners that submissions were no longer being excepted starting immediately. To say this was a shock is an understatement. I have been writing articles as their DC Photoshop Examiner since July 2010. What was equally odd was receiving another email from them congratulating me on my sixth year anniversary with them. A few hours after that email I got another one informing me that I hadn’t written anything for a couple of weeks and to please publish soon to maintain my status as a news contributor! I hoped that these emails meant I was part of some special elite group that would still be able to contribute to Examiner.com, but alas. Those emails were sent out by robots!
Examiner.com gave me the freedom to write about almost anything. I enjoyed writing, about Photoshop, giving commentary about the photographic arts and its related technologies. I also enjoyed being a member of the photography industry news press corp. As an educator, it was a wonderful platform. I soon found out finding a similar platform wouldn’t be easy. Many of these online news outlets focused on photo gear like new cameras, lens, and other photo toys. All that’s well and good, but my interests are in technology that’s not based on instrumentation alone but on process. I’m still researching the options and how to adapt to them.
So until I can find such a platform, I’ll have to do it the old fashion way, build it myself. Over these past two weeks I’ve thought about the options I have. My Examiner.com articles are a useful educational resource. So first I need to create an archive for them. I have Word docs of all of them along with images and video links. I also downloaded all of them as PDFs because many of them have the final editorial edits. Right now I’m thinking of republishing them in a separate WordPress site. I’ll see how that goes. I forgot about my subscriber list so I’ll have to build that again too.
I will keep you informed and will solicit your comments and feedback. Many thanks for your continuing support.