It says in Ecclesiastes that to everything, there is a season. And as in other aspects of life, this sentiment is equally true for a business.
As Ark City Daily Bytes headed toward its second anniversary recently, Jeni and I started talking about the business’ future.
What did it look like? Were we putting things in place to get us where we wanted to be? Was it sustainable?
These questions are not easy ones to answer because so much of what we do is completely outside of our control.
We cover the news, but you can’t really predict it, in the same way that financial projections can be difficult to make.
When we launched this enterprise in 2016, we had similar discussions. What did we want this project to look like three, five and 10 years?
There might have been some joking about winning a Pulitzer, but mostly we just wanted to have a product we were proud of and about which other people cared.
We discussed how we might go about establishing ourselves as a digital news outlet. We sought advice from people who care about and pay attention to local news.
One idea that always seemed to come up was having a print edition.
This was a complication for our “next-generation news” concept — print editions take a lot of time and money to create.
We launched with a truncated newspaper, but it always was our eventual intention to transition away from a printed format.
So here we are, two years after our launch, announcing that this will be the last printed edition of Ark City Daily Bytes.
This was not an easy decision to make, but it was necessary if the company is going to continue.
While we have a wonderful and loyal group of advertisers — some of who have been with us since the beginning — it is not enough.
We are not trying to point fingers — it is simply a matter of sustainability.
Much of the revenue Daily Bytes was bringing in one week was going out with the next edition.
This move will not change anything about our coverage.
We will continue to provide thorough coverage of local government, track down feel-good features about local citizens and break news on a regular basis.
But to find that content, readers will have to go to our website now.
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We would like to close by thanking our loyal readers, advertisers, family members and friends, and especially our delivery people, Connie and Chris.
We could not have come this far without all of you.
We have big plans for the future, including several exclusive columns — the first of which, Dirt Roads and River Banks, is a nature column that is online now — by local individuals, more video content and even a podcast that is in pre-production.
We know this is a big change, but we hope you will stick around for the ride!