Volume One’s Two-Week Publication Schedule Will Return, Sooner or Later
a note from Volume One Publisher Nick Meyer
Last year at this time, as we all walked into the fog of our first COVID fall, Volume One debuted several substantial changes to our publication in print and online – a new format, new design, and a new approach to what and how we cover our community.
At that same time, due to the impact of the pandemic, we also made a short-term change in the frequency of our publication schedule, cutting back from producing a print edition every two weeks to making one every three weeks. This strategy was set up to help us deal with several COVID stressors for the business, as well as for the families of our staff. It helped us reduce costs, and it generally created space for us to navigate the changing waters around us.
Business-wise, thankfully things are stable and moving in the right direction. But pandemic-wise, things are still playing out.
We’re now a year into that plan, and unfortunately, we’re still on the same three-week schedule. The difference may seem negligible, but for our business it’s a bit more complex. In short, fewer issues means fewer pages for content, which meant we had to forgo some of our annual features, sections, and projects, and thus the revenue associated with those opportunities.
While we intend to get things back to “normal” sooner or later, a variety of little things – from staffing plans to special projects to COVID variants – have kept us thus far from flipping the switch back. But know that we eventually will, it’s just a matter of timing. Business-wise, thankfully things are stable and moving in the right direction. But pandemic-wise, things are still playing out. So know that we’re watching, and waiting, and hoping to be back at full-tilt in the coming months. And as always, thank you for your support.