If you are one of the three people in the universe who use the links on this page to get to your advice columns, you may have noticed that many of them have, of late, become defunct.
This is because the Chicago Tribune has basically dropped its advice columns in the free online edition. You can still get Amy and Abby (though they’re usually updated earlier elsewhere), but Miss Manners and Cheryl Lavin are GONE. Or rather, you have to pay to read them.
I’ve been looking for stable links to regularly updated publications of my columns, and am still making my selection. Abby is still available at the UExpress address linked on this blog (that’s also where you have to go to write to her). I’ve been getting Ask Amy through the Denver Post, for the very carefully assessed reason that it’s the second Google hit on Ask Amy (after, you guessed it, the Trib).
I’m thinking of switching over entirely to washingtonpost.com, which has Amy and Miss Manners, as well as Carolyn Hax, a new favorite (well, new to me). I’ll update the broken links soon, fear not!
My real concern is Tales from the Front, my favorite bizarre love column. So far, folks even more devoted than I am have been sneaking it out through Tribune Media Services and posting it to various open chicagotribune.com forums so readers can still get it for free. My hat is off to you! I did locate Cheryl on another site that now, of course, I can’t remember.
Anyway, let’s be patient and persistent and power through. And boycott chicagotribune.com. Um….only kidding. Sort of.