So what happened? Entertainment news and the way we consume it changed. My print subscription to the LATimes runs Thursday to Sunday--the minimum I need to get online access 24/7. So the rest of the time I read the LAT online and when a Goldstein column hit Twitter or Facebook or my email, I read it. Otherwise it didn't register. People don't tend to go looking for things anymore. They grab what's coming in. I didn't go searching for his blog. I had no idea Goldstein had a Twitter account. He finally started @patrickbigpix last April, and his tweets were good--but he tweeted twice a day, if that: 189 tweets in total. He had 320 followers.
The thing is, he was a print guy who didn't adapt to the new world where you have to constantly reach out and engage your readers, build your fanbase, keep the news coming. I'm not saying that's what he should have done. It's probably how he could have survived though, because working on salary at a newspaper today means earning your bacon, making your bosses feel they're getting their money's worth, even when they're selling Oscar ads against you. The LAT's Geoff Boucher is the new model entertainment writer, constantly creating and repurposing and sending out new material online, via his Hero Complex blog.
Long thoughtful columns are something I like to write too, and I miss doing them more often. Adapt or die.