I listened to a friend putting forth the wisdom of going to digitial printing. If I went with inkjet printing, I could produce large editions and sell them for considerably less per print than my limited hand made prints, but make far more income. The concept works well with him. He created a plastics business that is now world-wide based in the middle of nowhere, Humboldt County. Now his kids are out of the house, and most nights he is in his studio working on images and/or printing until the early hours of the morning. He is an excellent, excellent photographer, passionate about his work. I believe he has a MA in photography from Humboldt State University (a program which has long since, unfortunately, not existed).
So I decided that was not the path I wanted to be on. I enjoy making handmade prints, I love working with film, I love working with the 8x10. Which is very lucky because I think I would go broke trying to get up to speed with the digital hardware, paper, and ink! Well, not broke really, but I might have to give up beer...but I am afraid of having to produce more work to pay for all the stuff to make new work with which means I have to make more prints to pay around and around until I am dizzy. I'd have to really love doing that sort of work to be able to do that much of it and make it pay!
Now, the gelatin, sugar and lampblack watercolors I use for carbon prints are relatively cheap and the platinum is not all that expensive compared to the number of sheets of 16x20 silver gelatin I use to burn through! But I realize that doesn't mean I am off that big wheel I described above. But at least it is at a pace that I can deal with, happily producing some good negatives now and then, making some good carbon or platinum prints, working half-time for the university, and raising my three teenagers. And teaching a workshop now and then. And manage to travel a little around California now and again. It's not life in the fast lane.