Well, here it is… at long last, I’m sure more than a few of you are snickering at the great length that it took this issue to surface, and well, it’s more than justified. Truth be told, Paulo and Grady had this issue ready to go on time, prior to Thanksgiving last year… So why the delay? and what’s the future looking like?
The initial delay of this issue was advertiser related… I’d paid the editorial staff out of my own pocket in full when they completed both of the previous issues when a large portion of the advertisers hadn’t paid their advertising bills for the said issues… I simply couldn’t release another issue until all the advertisers had made good on their bills. Some of them still haven’t paid their bills, pretty weak. Advertiser past due billing was more or less taken care of by the first of the new year when unfortunately for Skimboarder, my “real” work schedule took an endless turn for the hectic. New deals with new clients means working from home full time and commuting to Pasadena twice a week, I spent two weeks in January shooting photos and documenting a ski trip in Japan for a partner of my new client. The following four weeks was a rush to design and build a fully featured website for the same partner of my new client that I was traveling with in Japan (shameless plug: http://www.nimbusindependent.com) So here we are, more than half way through February…
Truth be told, my motivation to continue with this project is zilch. Spending my rapidly decreasing free time tracking down late payments for a couple hundred bucks here and there just isn’t worth it to me.
Frankly it blows my mind that skimboarding companies are unable to be organized enough to put a check in the mail when they get a PDF invoice via e-mail once every two months… Last year the owner of one online skimboarding shop had the nerve to tell me over the phone that “E-Mail isn’t a reliable way to get ahold of me.” I’m just sitting there thinking, are you fucking kidding me?! You run an ONLINE skimboarding store! It’s really deflated my desire to continue. Granted there are those in skimboarding who are very on point and doing the right thing, and fortunately I think these people have enough momentum to keep skimboarding at the very least treading water… I’d hate to see what this sport would look like without them.
Ad into all that my growing desire to have a personal life outside of work, and an otherwise increasingly busy work schedule with things non skimboarder related, and I’m tapped out.