This week I received an email from my friends at indieWIRE alerting me that this blog, which I have been writing off and on for seven years, was being discontinued as a part of an upgrade of the indieWIRE blogging network. Fair enough; it's rarely updated, draws low readership because of the infrequency of its publication, it is not really a part of the new indieWIRE blog community hierarchy (which is focused on news gathering and reportage) and it's not, nor has it ever been, a professional blog. I've never made a single dollar blogging (not that I'm proud of that *ha*) but when indieWIRE allowed me to launch a blog back in 2004, that was never the point. Things change and that's how it should be. I am forever grateful to indieWIRE for giving me a platform for all of these years. Not only was it a fair decision to discontinue the original Back Row Manifesto, but beyond that, indieWIRE has promised to archive the blog, which, incredibly generous.
So, before I go any further, a huge THANK YOU to everyone at indieWIRE for having me. It was an honor to be a microscopic piece of the family for all these years and I wish the site nothing but continued success.
As for me, well, for some reason, I’ve decided to keep it going at my own domain, http://backrowmanifesto.com. So far, so good; I feel much more free there, able to say whatever I want without worrying so much about the industry (or anyone, really) taking much notice. It’s also a very simple design, vertical, a nice template to focus on images and words, a literal clean slate. To get started, I’m going to replicate my favorite pieces and a few recent posts from the indieWIRE version of the blog, in the hopes it will give me a good foundation for the future and let me figure out how to execute my preferences using this platform. Think of it as a “Greatest Hits” collection to help christen the new place. After that, business as usual.
I hope you'll join me at the new Back Row Manifesto.
Goodbye, indieWIRE. It's been lovely...