A Message to Readers of The Racket:

We haven’t been making much of a Racket lately, and it looks as if we might be going silent for good.

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Running The Racket has been quite the racket in itself. We launched on September 1, 2018, and hit the ground running trying to make as much noise as possible. We had the ambitious plan to run one piece of new content every day, and for over 100 days we just about did that, having only missed posting new content four days leading up to Christmas break.

Feeling a little burnt out, we scaled back a bit in the new year, reducing the number of days throughout the week where new content was posted, doubled up and paired our weekly columns (recipes and East Meets West), and recapping the week’s newest content and top stories throughout the weekend.

Then, news that The Overcast, (a publication that we hoped to emulate) had shut down gave us a renewed sense of purpose. We wanted to help fill the void left by them, and we began a campaign to get more exposure with local media outlets as well as our own social media channels.

This worked to an extent but any ads published on Facebook or Instagram came out of our pockets. This combined with the self-imposed stress of deadline posts began to contribute to a slightly deteriorating mental health and by June, running The Racket out of a love for everything St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, and more simply was not enough.

Sometimes it really felt like we were on the right track. Especially with our media appearances. We had hoped to keep some of The Overcast’s traditions alive like local year-end awards, and food challenges, and we were very close to finalizing a small food challenge in June as a dry run for an even bigger one this winter, but things fell through at the last minute with one of our partners.

We run The Racket off of Squarespace, and the time for domain and site renewal is coming up. The cost to do this for another year is no more than $300 CDN but at this point in time, the cost for me is simply too much.

So with that said, as of August 28, 2019, The Racket will be silenced. I would like to thank anyone who has read, liked, or shared our articles, and especially like to thank all of our contributors. Without you, The Racket would not have had the diverse voice that the website found in its short life.

I’m hoping maybe we can do something to save the site, if only to keep it alive and showcase the eclectic bit of content we managed to amass, as sort of a time capsule of a time in Newfoundland. If not, stay tuned as we will post some new content before we say goodbye, as well as look back at some of the most popular articles we have written.

We started a Racket, and now we have to end it.

-   Kristopher Smith

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