2008 / 2009: Consumed, Murketing, etc. (Survey and giveaway included).

Posted by Rob Walker on December 31, 2008
Posted Under: Murketing.com

So it’s the end of the year. Time for a quick wrapup and an announcement or two.

Also there’s a survey, and to get people to participate, I’ll be giving away a still-in-the-shrinkwrap Blu-ray DVD of the acclaimed documentary Helvetica. (This was given to me, but I own a regular DVD version already and do not have a Blu-ray machine.)

1. Consumed: In 2009, I’ll be writing Consumed three out of every four weeks, as opposed to every week. I’ve now been writing the column for five years, and asked for a reduced schedule because I would like to free up time to write more feature stories, among other things. Am I nervous about reducing the frequency of my steadiest cashflow source? Very much so. But sometimes fear is a good motivator.

2. Back in February I announced — or admitted — that I’d started a Facebook page for Consumed. Recently the page passed the 500-fan mark. That’s nice. Thanks to those of you who fanned up in 2008.

3. I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the future of this site. I’ve considered everything from expanding it by including contributions from others, to shutting it down altogether. I have drawn no conclusions, but everything is still on the table.

Which brings me to:

The Murketing Survey: It’s only a few questions, pretty straightforward stuff. You can answer anonymously, but obviously if you want to win the Helvetica DVD you’d have to tell me where to send it, which would likely entail revealing your name. Totally up to you. Click Here to take survey. [Survey¬† closed — thanks, participants!]

Thanks…

And happy new year…

Further diversion may be found at MKTG Tumblr, and the Consumed Facebook page.

Reader Comments

Sounds like good moves all around for you, Rob (except for the part about shutting down Murketing—nooooooo!). I’ll miss you on that 4th week in the NYT Mag but looking forward to reading other pieces from you elsewhere, and of course here. Happy 2009!!!

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Written By Alissa Walker on December 31st, 2008 @ 10:43 am
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