My friends keep talking to me about how they want to start a Web site, but they need to get some backing, and I look at them and ask them what they are waiting for. All it takes is some WordPress and a lot of typing. Sure, I went broke trying to start it, it trashed my life and I work all the time, but other than that, it wasn’t that hard to figure out.
Choire Sicha, in a nice profile of The Awl in the Times, makes a point that even big media companies sometimes miss: This is not impossible. Yes, profits can be smaller online, but there are enough cheap tools out there that make professional-quality publishing available to anyone, and, if you’re smart, most of that money can be used to fund actual journalism. (via markcoatney)