Hello, Dirge readers.
I have come to the informed and considered decision to shut down Dirge Magazine. I’m sure some of you will have questions, so I will keep an updated Q&A at the end of this post.
The factors leading up to this decision are far more numerous than I want to get into in this space, but suffice it to say, it’s a confluence of conditions, many of which are far bigger than me. The bottom line is that after three years, I don’t believe this to be a financially viable outlet for the content we’ve been producing, and I simply have no interest in publishing clickbait here, or articles that aren’t of the highest possible quality simply for the sake of online publishing.
I honestly don’t care about publishing daily free content online; it’s simply what I stumbled into with Dirge. I hate click-based advertising and what it’s done to both readers and content. It isn’t that Dirge was simply impossible to monetize; the last three years have been a constant bombardment of opportunities to make money with the site that always, always came with a compromise in user experience and quality. And I simply wasn’t willing to do that.
I don’t think this format is the future for what I want to do, but I know I’m not going to find it here, in the daily grind of publishing. I’m going to seek other avenues, pick my way through shadows, and those of you who care to will be invited to follow me into the forest.
Dirge’s legacy lives on in Dear Darkling, the spinoff from our former Style section. It has proven to be more viable in the longterm as an online publication, and its proximity to business makes it a much better candidate for self-sustenance. Much of the Dirge staff continues on there either as staff or writers, and under my guidance, bring the same sensibilities and passion for quality and user experience upon which I built Dirge. If you were ever here for our lifestyle and culture content, I think you’ll be very happy with that publication.
In July, I launched my own line of artisan incense an candles as Strange Fire & Fumery, and the overwhelming response I’ve had there would have taken me out of an active publishing role even if I hadn’t already decided it was time to move on.
I have some other projects in the works that aren’t ready for disclosure yet, but above all, publishing subsumed my time and energy to write, and that’s something I’m looking very forward to getting back. I want to get back to writing articles and fiction of my own.
So far this post has been about me, but Dirge is practically a city, shaped by every hand who’s passed through it, none of which would have been possible without the hundreds of writers who contributed or the numerous staff, many of whom treated Dirge as seriously as a part time job, when indeed it was always volunteer work, for all of us.
Renee, Brenda, Matt, Haleigh, Nicole, Kylene, Amber, Victoria, Less Lee, thank you. Thank you for giving a shit about this as much as I did. I’ve made some of the best friends in my life working with you.
Beverly and Angela, thank you for starting this journey with me. I could have never imagined where it would go, and I never would have taken the first steps without your encouragement and support.
To anyone who has ever sweated over notes, ragequit or clicked Submit. To everyone who has liked, or shared, or told someone. To every one of you that pulled some petty bullshit, undermined me or pushed me by dialing up the competition:
Thank you. For everything.
Dirge has changed me, and changed my life and I am so grateful to everyone who participated in that in any capacity.
I’m ready to move on.
A dirge is just a transition, after all.
Editor in Chief
Q: What will happen to Dirge now?
A: It will remain online as an open archive for the foreseeable future.