Friday, September 10, 2010

Chicken or Egg

I've been stuck in a chicken or egg dilemma.

How do you fund important, interesting journalism for audiences that care when it's tough to get the money to do the news so you can build a loyal audience?

It's like that thing early in our careers. How do you get the experience to get the first job that requires the experience you don't have?

Maybe the thing to do when you notice this dilemma is ditch the eggs and the chickens. And ask how you can become one of the bulls in the china shop.

Bulls in china shops do whatever they want to do. They don't care about rules. Or about whose feelings get hurt. Or about some honcho giving permission. Or about people thinking they're nuts. And, of course, they are fearless.

The thing about bulls in china shops is they always make something happen. And when they're done, the place is changed. Sometimes for the better. Sometimes not.

Now that we're thinking about our problem like bulls in a china shop, I think we've got an idea that's going to change a lot of stuff. More on this in future posts.

Who knows in the end if it'll work out. Right now it's good to simply realize an important lesson about chicken or egg problems.

While you're stuck and going nowhere trying to figure them out, you're just an egg.

Or maybe something even worse, a chicken.


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1 comment:

  1. The bull ran in; glass
    Menagerie lay broken,
    But chicken and egg.

    Which did the owner pick up first