Rumor Has It
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
To recap: Last week, things were looking pretty grim for the Cascadia Weekly. So, I did what anyone would do in that situation: I ugly cried.
Perhaps you have found yourselves in similar situations recently and done the same.
Through my tears, I wrote a goodbye column and added an asterisked caveat at the bottom that read, “If a miracle does happen and an issue of the paper comes out next week, forget I said any of this.”
At the time, that statement was 75 percent joke tinged with 25 percent hope.
However, behind the scenes surprising things were happening. Without going into too much detail, there’s been a reorganization effort geared at helping us through these troubled times.
What result that will have over the long-term is not yet known, but for now, we are here.
Part of the reorganization means we will be going to an every-other-week printing schedule for the time being. This is due to a couple of factors: First, despite the fact that we give it away for free, printing is pretty expensive. In addition, most of the places we distribute the Cascadia Weekly are closed due to COVID-19 shutdown orders. Add a stay-at-home order to that and it just makes sense to limit out print output. However, the Weekly’s staff is committed to the work we do, and will still be writing stories and posting them to our website the same as we ever were during our non-printing weeks.
That’s the current plan in our rapidly changing and ever-evolving COVID-19 world.
It’s also important to note that one of the reasons we’re still here and our commitment to continuing to publish in whatever form we can remains strong is because of you.
During the past couple of weeks, you have tried to save the Cascadia Weekly, one donation at a time. I’m not going to lie, things have been hard (perhaps you can relate), and knowing how much you want us to keep going is one of the things that keeps me going. I will never have the right words to express my gratitude, but I am profoundly grateful.
We’ve always known our readership relies on the Weekly as a source of information and entertainment. What we’ve learned during these surreal times is that it acts as a comfort too.
That’s a sentiment I understand perfectly. I’ve been living my life on a weekly deadline for so long that I either take it for granted or I occasionally grouse about it. But as our days become more and more unmoored from that which is familiar, that deadline is my anchor, the thing I can tether the rest of my life to. And so, for as long as we can, we’ll be here to anchor you too.