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darkerma
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:04 am    Post subject: Darker Matter No More Reply with quote

Hi,

bad news, I'm afraid. I've decided that this month's issue of Darker Matter will be the last. There's a detailed explanation on the blog:

http://www.darkermatter.com/blog/articles/2007/08/02/bad-news

Thanks to everyone on this forum for their support over the months. As I say in the blog, I'll keep the forum going, so feel free to come back here if you're interested.

Ben
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoops! I return after a few months away and look what's happened!

The blog doesn't seem to be working right now, Ben. Any chance of sharing the detail with those of us who missed it?

FWIW, you did a helluva lot better than a lot of online free magazines. Five issues of pretty good stuff is a strong legacy to leave behind.

R.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

precinctomega wrote:
Whoops! I return after a few months away and look what's happened!

The blog doesn't seem to be working right now, Ben. Any chance of sharing the detail with those of us who missed it?

FWIW, you did a helluva lot better than a lot of online free magazines. Five issues of pretty good stuff is a strong legacy to leave behind.

R.


Hi Robey,

thanks for the kind words. I'm not sure what's happened to the blog - I'll have a look in the next few days and see if I can restore it. The reasons, in a nutshell, for shutting down DM were as follows:

1) As the only person working on the site (albeit with help from lots of contributors, of course), it was taking up far too much time.

2) It was costing me far too much money, and it was becoming fairly clear that it could never break even or even get close to doing so. Hard to justify when I have a family to support!

3) Related to point 1, I've just started (in October) on an MPhil in Linguistics, and I knew I'd need to have as much time as possible available to devote to my studies. Working on DM would have been too much of a distraction.

Anyway, it was an enormous pleasure to work on it while I did, and I met some great people (electronically, anyway!) and I did feel pretty sad about closing it down, but it does seem like a reasonable number of people enjoyed the stories and articles, so I hope it was worthwhile!

Ben
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