No Nay Never is five years old this summer and throughout that time it’s been run by a core team that make decisions about the site. There are five of us in that team now, with three of us having been involved since the very beginning.
Running NNN is
usually incredibly rewarding and we’ve done some great things over the years. So far we’ve interviewed then-CEO Lee Hoos twice, spoken to a number of former players including Clarke Carlisle, made a film, and, most importantly, published hundreds and hundreds of opinion articles on a range of issues. We’d like to think we’ve raised the bar for Burnley-related discussion and debate online (though some will disagree!).
But it turns out running such a site has taken a lot out of us in a number of ways. The most obvious of these is time constraints – while five people officially run the site, we are understandably limited in how much time they can spend working on the site. There’s also money: unfortunately no one gets paid for doing this site, and at some point it simply doesn’t make sense any more for people to give up a load of their time to run the site, even though our sponsors cover our running costs. Essentially, we all have other commitments now and we just can’t give NNN the time and attention required to keep standards as high as we’d like.
We’ve also regularly faced
sometimes unwarranted criticism on places like Twitter. Although this is a part of being on the internet in 2015 and we all have a thickish skin, it doesn’t do any good for our motivation to keep going. Constructive feedback is one thing, but being abused for putting forward or even publishing an opinion is another. NNN was always about opinions, after all.
So with all this in mind, we’re shaking things up.
Here’s what’s happening:
- The blog side of NNN is stopping indefinitely. We’ve traditionally focused on the blog as the main aspect of the site, but editing articles is a big time sink.
- The archive of the blog will continue to be online as it is at the moment, but it has relocated to a new URL: blog.nonaynever.net.
- You’ll probably still see us answering questionsfor other fan blogs and appearing in the actual media from time to time.
- The award-nominated podcast will continue as usual. Guests always welcome.
- The podcast site is now hosted at www.nonaynever.net, where the blog used to be.
- Our Twitter will continue doing what it’s doing: newz, viewz, bantz etc. Sorry, haters. We’ll do live match coverage there too whenever we can to replace NNN Live.
And that’s it. We’re hoping that by shuttering the blog side we can use the time we save have to consolidate our efforts in making the (award-nominated) podcast even better.
Please do give listening to the podcast a shot if you haven’t already. It’s great to listen to when you’re travelling, or doing chores around the house, or in bed, or wherever really. The podcast will be back soon.
Lastly, thanks to everyone who has read the site, commented on articles, listened to the podcast and contributed to the community we hope NNN has been for the last five years. We couldn’t have done it without you. Cheers.
Jamie Smith, Adam Haworth, Kevin Robinson, James Bird and Michael Bailey.