Oh, hey. You may have noticed we haven’t really been updating Laughspin in any consistent or meaningful way since June. Sure, we posted Dana Gould’s brilliant keynote address from the latest installment of the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. But, really, that was about it.
Some of you have reached out asking what’s up. And someone even took the time to post on Reddit about the lack of hot comedy action on Laughspin. That was nice of that person. So, for those of you who care, here’s what’s going on.
I’m exhausted. Physically and mentally exhausted.
Laughspin has always been me— and a very small handful of very talented and dedicated comedy lovers. And it’s a tremendous amount of work. The site launched on Sept. 15, 2005 as PunchlineMagazine.com. I created it with the help of childhood friend Bill Bergmann, who designed the site and, to this day, helps me out with the technical side of things. I re-launched and re-branded the site in the summer of 2011. Laughspin was born. That was fun.
But after 10 years of running the site as if it’s my full-time job – when it never was – I’ve decided to put the site on hiatus. The time and energy it takes to run the site is immense, especially while trying to balance a full-time job, a marriage and two small children.
While the site does make some money on ads – enough to keep the site up and running – it doesn’t make anywhere near what I would need to live like the responsible adult I am. And that’s only been the last few years. I’ll never make back the thousands upon thousands of my own money I invested those first seven years or so. No regrets. I’m not complaining. (Some regrets).
In order for the site to make real money, we’d have to bring in about 500k + unique visitors a month; we do about half that. Which is great—if the person running the site is happy with sacrificing every second of free time and peace of mind for a project that breaks even. Which I’m not. Anymore. I was. For 10 years. Now, I’m not.
I’ve had some great experiences covering the world of comedy; I’ve got to hang out with some of my heroes. I interviewed legends and up and comers long before anyone gave a shit about stand-up comedy the way people give a shit about musicians, athletes and actors. I’ll spare you the epic-length hyper-sentimental missive about all of that—mainly because I’m not sure what the future holds for Laughspin. “Hiatus” doesn’t mean the end. It means I need a break.
Given the proper financing and infrastructure, Laughspin could (and should) be an amazing (and bankable) online hub for all things comedy. If someone or some entity with money has the balls to take a chance on an already-established, respected niche brand, by all means get in touch. I know where I want to take Laughspin, but it’s not happening by bootstrapping anymore. And those hilarious articles in Entrepreneur about snagging money from friends and family are just that– hilarious. So that’s not an option, either.
For the time being, I will keep Laughspin alive online. I’ll post stories from our archives and maybe we’ll even post some brand new opinion pieces. But Laughspin will not be updated multiple times a day as it once was.
For those of you who were with me from the very beginning, please know I appreciate your support. And to everyone else that made Laughspin a daily, weekly, monthly, occasional visit– I thank you. To the contributors, especially Emma, Billy P. and Carrie– thank you. And to Mike G., whom without, The Laughspin Podcast would have never existed– thank you.
Feel free to leave a comment, suggestion, number to a good life coach below.
I’ll be around, just not as much.