Robert Niles puts a personal stamp on a post in Online Journalism Review in discussing the new needs of journalism. For him, and for his wife, their Web sites are sources of income that could easily be as susceptible to economic downturns as other media.
But Niles notes that their sites' survival clearly ties to the communities they've built. The challenge is to nurture the community and let it build itself.
"We're not in the publishing business. We're in the community business. And to so successfully, we must build our businesses from within our own communities."