Big Changes

So as people may have noticed via my Twitter, a big announcement has been, er, announced.

Resolution is merging with BeefJack in the next few weeks. Lewis Denby will continue as Executive Editor of BeefJack with myself becoming Deputy Editor of the site.

I’ve got mixed feelings about this.

While the business side of my brain knows this is undoubtedly the best decision for all involved. Combined we’ll have more chance of being able to become something massive and successful. Reso’s great writers will benefit greatly from more exposure I’m sure. There’s a whole wealth of positives.

But.

I still feel sad about it all. I love the Reso name. I was proud to be editor of the site, a site I’d read for a good couple of years previously. I guess I feel a little like I’ve let some people down. Or maybe, I feel like I’ve let myself down. Why? That’s the tricky part to determine!

I suppose I’m just not used to making such big decisions. Decisions that affect other people.

In the past, I remember it was hard to leave XboxGameZone but it was for the best. It was hard to leave TheGameReviews and my Rumor Killers column but I knew it was the best decision. This decision affected more than just me though.

Really it came down to a fear that I’d be judged negatively for doing so. I was/am worried that people would see it as weakness on my part, or giving in. Maybe it is. But if in doing so, it gives me and others the chance to become bigger, then surely it’s worth that?

As clich├ęd as it sounds, it’s a dog eat dog world out there. An industry full of people trying to get ahead, many of which all too happy to be critical and negative of others. For someone with limited self confidence, it’s probably one of the worst industries to get involved in. Anything artistic is.

Ultimately though, you’ve got to do what you feel is best for you and your staff. I have no doubt that I’ve done this.

4 thoughts on “Big Changes

  1. Pete Davison

    It strikes me as a smart move, Jen. A lot of you guys have worked together anyway, and as you say, it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the land of video games sites. Better to pool your resources and produce something super-awesome than try and stubbornly struggle on independently of one another.

    Good luck to you all!

  2. Mark

    I said it before: it’s a smart decision.

    I’m going to be pretty blunt here.

    The gaming websites that really thrive tend to have strong communities, and, as of the present time, neither Beefjack nor Res-Mag have that quality. Res Mag’s web design is outdated, imo, but there’s a lot of writing talent there. Parallel to that, Beefjack is much more modern and, I think, better built to foster a community, though it probably needs to attract more traffic. Content drives traffic, and so, with the Res Mag writing team migrating over, that means more quality content. Which drives traffic.

    In short, by your powers combined, I’m Capta- no, I mean, yeah, both parties will benefit nicely.

  3. Daniel Lipscombe

    I’m very torn on this news. Pleased for the Reso staff, though.

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