Florida bloggers have to eat, too

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On Friday, Kartik Krishnaiyer, the editor in chief of The Florida Squeeze political website, announced that he would be posting less frequently to the blog because he is taking a position with George Sheldon’s Attorney General campaign. 

The Florida Squeeze is the successor to The Political Hurricane and is the best amateur blog in the state in terms of being a purely opinionated, run-and-gun forum for the expression and exchange of ideas. (My site — with its staff of veteran journalists and writers — is something different entirely, for better or worse.)

Da Squeeze focuses primarily on Democratic and liberal politics. It has a better handle on the left side of the aisle than anywhere else and, bottom line, is a lot of fun to read (especially the comments section, where progressive activists go to argue over who gets to eat the crumbs left by Republicans).

So it’s kind of sad to see Krishnaiyer put on his suit and tie and head off to work, even though Florida Squeeze writers Katy Burnett and Justin Snyder will continue to play while the cat’s away.

While it’s probably a good experience for Kartik and will hopefully pay his bills for a few months, it’s upsetting to see him take a step back with just 99 days before the general election. Krishnaiyer is, I hate to say this, putting himself ahead of his readership, which is good for him, but bad for his readers, many of whom were just starting to get engaged in the election cycle.

Krishnaiyer’s announcement is a reminder that bloggers have to eat, too. Not all of them can shake folks down, err, sell advertising space like I can. Amateur blogs suffer from the same economic challenges as their professional journalism counterparts — how to get someone to pay for good and necessary and worthwhile content.

Because that’s what The Florida Squeeze offers, but now, only less so.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.