I tell people all the time, this blogging thing ain’t all its cracked up to be. The fantasy that one can sit around in their robe all day, bloggin’ away while waiting for the advertising checks to roll in is just that — a fantasy. Running a successful blog is hard work. Just ask the guys from the progressive-minded Political Hurricane.
Kartik Krishnaiyer and Dave Trotter launched the Political Hurricane last year and slowly, but steadily built an audience eager to read their smart insights into Florida politics. I was one of PH’s most devout readers and loudest cheerleaders; I cross-posted its material, highlighted it in Sunburn (my daily email about Florida politics), linked to it and Tweeted often about it. And why not? The material coming from the Political Hurricane was outstanding. It was also refreshing, as Florida’s independent political blogosphere had become somewhat stale.
The Political Hurricane did so well that the Tampa Bay Times‘ Adam Smith wrote that it was an “excellent blog” and gave it partial credit for shaping the narrative in the race for Chair of the Florida Democratic Party. Looking back, Smith’s comments are the high-water mark for the Political Hurricane.
That’s because the Political Hurricane is being downgraded as whatever partnership Krishnaiyer and Trotter had has gone kaput. Krishnaiyer emailed me last night to announce that today he is launching TheFloridaSqueeze.com to, as he describes, “cover more short form type stories and take a partisan slant during session.”
As for Trotter, he’s launching a site focused on international, rather than domestic, politics. On his Facebook page, Trotter wrote, “Once you start doing something you love instead of doing something for money, on then can you truly be relieved from stress. … Switching from American politics to international elections is one of the best decisions I have made in my life.”
Both Krishnaiyer and Trotter say something will be done with The Political Hurricane; Krishnaiyer says he would like to keep the site going with in-depth analysis; Trotter says he’s sure he’ll do something with the site.
Still, the force that The Political Hurricane had become will likely be no more. And that’s a shame, because it really was one of the best political blogs in the state.
Hopefully, somewhere in the Sunshine State, a political aficionado is sitting in their robe, staring at a computer, thinking, ‘Why don’t I start a blog?’
Why not indeed.