We have been talking on and off since the beginning of the year about finishing up at Pure Poison. We feel that we’ve said most of what we set out to say on the subject. And there are potential changes coming in each of our lives that would make continuing on with the blog unrealistic. We’ve been putting off any serious discussion about whether we’d shut down the site, or try to find someone else to take over, because we hadn’t yet reached the kind of deadline that would make the discussion urgent.
A deadline has now arrived. Crikey have decided that Pure Poison isn’t part of their plans for the future and have decided to wrap it up at the end of the financial year.
Although Crikey’s decision was unexpected, for Jeremy and I it has also come as a bit of a relief as we now don’t have to spend time planning our exit – it has, effectively, been taken care of on our behalf.
We would like to extend our thanks to Crikey for the support that they’ve provided us over the entirety of Pure Poison’s existence. The subject matter of the site is necessarily challenging for a publisher, and they have consistently stuck up for us whilst leaving us to run our own show.
We’d also like to sincerely thank all of you who make Pure Poison more than two blokes yelling at the internet. Your comments, tweets and emails have all been appreciated and ultimately are a large part of what gave this website its character.
As a ring-in who was late to the party, I’d like to thank Scott Bridges for offering me the chance to contribute here at Pure Poison. It’s also vital to thank the much missed Tobias Ziegler, who was an excellent colleague, a good sounding board and who bought a sense of rigour to Pure Poison that I don’t think we’ve ever really matched.
Finally I’d like to acknowledge Jeremy and the partnership that he and I have formed. The genesis of what would eventually become Pure Poison can be traced back to Jeremy’s original BoltWatch blog, so it would be understandable if he was protective of this thing that he had a hand in creating. Instead, he has always been open to different ideas and directions and as such Pure Poison has evolved and we’ve continued to look for new ideas to try to make the site better. I think what finally sealed our relationship was the Pure Poison Podcast, spending a few hours with each other each week allowed us to move beyond being people who knew each other on the internet, to being firm friends.
I’d second Dave’s thanks above, both for Tobias and Scott’s fine contributions when they were writing, and to Scott for, in particular, the excellent suggestion of inviting Dave on board. I did not know Dave at all when he first came to the site, but working with him has been a revelation. From his changes to the site (and it is fundamentally a better-designed, better-organised and better-run site as a result of his ideas and technical talents) to of course the Pure Poison Podcast (which has long been the part of the site I enjoy the most), the entire experience has been vastly improved as a result of Dave’s friendship.
Whilst we had undoubtedly both come to feel in recent months that we’d by now thoroughly covered the main repeating issues in the Australian media that were a source of concern to us, and were ready to move on, I do feel that we built something here worthwhile. Despite the ironic name of the site (and a tip for anyone thinking of running a similar site in the future – don’t pick a name that sounds quite so sinister), we addressed with optimism some of the nastier and more destructive aspects of what gets published and its effects, and hopefully have provided a useful forum for those concerned about what the nation’s journalists get up to.
We’d both also like to take the opportunity to thank our respective wives who have shown a great deal of patience as they repeatedly heard “I just have to approve these comments” or “but we need to record the podcast tonight”.
While this will be the end of Pure Poison, we are glad to say it is not the end of our partnership. The “side project” that we were previously mulling over as we discussed the fate of Pure Poison will be launched shortly after the shutters come down here, and we hope that you will come along for the next installment.