DNN is no more.
“What?! In the middle of playoffs? Right after they unveiled a new website?”
Yeah, it’s sad, a little shocking, and kind of weird. A lot of us in the roller derby community really depended on them for coverage of our sport, and the fact that they’re closing up shop is going to leave a big hole.
“WHY WOULD THEY DO THIS TO ME?”
This is what they say. I get it. It takes a lot of time and energy to produce the amount that they were expected to produce, but there was probably not a lot of money to be made.
“Noooooo they got donations! I thought about giving money once. And they had ads! They just cashed out, the jerks!”
Just because money is coming in to a business doesn’t mean that the business is making money hand over fist. Why would they lie about this? If it was super profitable, it would have been sold or changed hands or whatever.
“Why right now though?”
Welllllll, they were a little peeved about WFTDA recently, so that couldn’t have helped. But burnout is burnout.
“WHAT DID WFTDA DO THIS TIME?”
Depends who you ask.
“I WANT FREE NEWS WHO DO I BERATE ON THE INTERNET?”
How about…no one? Sorry, I know berating can be super satisfying.
“What ACTUALLY happened?”
Hard to know. Maybe it’s best just to take the different parties at their word. The principal parties of DNN decided that it wasn’t worth it to continue. Whether flying around covering tournaments, answering angry emails about why they weren’t doing more, or fighting with WFTDA, they’re tired and they’re not gonna take it anymore. It’s safe to say that there was probably miscommunication, hurt feelings, human people trying their best, and human people making mistakes on both/many sides.
“UGH I’m so mad at WFTDA how do I deal with this angeerrrrr”
If you’re a WFTDA member, and you’re upset by anything that went down, talk to your league rep. You might feel better with more information. You might feel worse, but you can ask them to do something about it. I know it’s a pain in the ass to be an active participant in a democracy (seriously, do you think I voted on any of the rule changes I got annoyed about later? noooope), but that’s the only way you’re going to see any changes. If you want changes.
“UGH I’m so mad at DNN how do I deal with this raaaaaage”
Go skate it out or pet a kitten. You were getting a free service which no longer exists. It’s a bummer, and maybe you don’t like how it went down, but it went down, and there ya go.
“How do I get my news now?”
Check Flat Track Stats?
There’s gonna be a big gap. Who’s going to step in to fill it? I’m a roller derby blogger, but I don’t have whole weekends to give to cover tournaments. Something about a baby and a husband who works a lot of weekends.
This is derby. We create our own solutions. We support each other, or we GTFO. We complain over beers or frozen yogurt, and then we 1) go do something about it, or 2) shut up and keep skating because goddamn there’s only so much one person can do.
I know this much: Roller derby deserves the type of coverage that it was getting from DNN. We need someone/some people to step up.
We need a solution.
Who’s got one?
DNN in olden times: Derby in Dairyland, 2008. Photo by Jon K. via Flickr Creative Commons.
(BTW, I have my own opinions and friends and frustrations with the whole thing. I’m not trying to dismiss anyone’s feelings, just to bring some perspective. I think I have to REVISE MY DAMN BOOK which means I have to lay it out again, which makes me cry inside a little bit. Ugh, indeed.)