I was on vacation last week, on a cruise that visited a few places in the Western Caribbean. It was really, really nice to mostly get away from the Internet for seven days, but there was one day I was sad to miss -- the last day I had a chance to visit AbsolutePunk.net.
Jason announced on Thursday that he had the opportunity to buy back the AbsolutePunk.net domain from SpinMedia, and would effectively be shutting the site down and redirecting the URL to Chorus.fm, which is his new site / forum venture.
At this point in my life I’ve decided to look to new horizons instead of dwelling on the past. Most of the code that AbsolutePunk was running on was written when I was 15. It’s time to say goodbye to our red gradient friend and emo stained logo. And you know what? Let’s also just say that we outgrew the name AbsolutePunk years ago. It stopped being remotely accurate over a decade ago, but the domain name, social media accounts, and how many people bookmarked it and viewed it every single day did matter. So now that those are mine again, I’m making the change we should have made years ago. We’re going to be pointing everything to a new website and community: Chorus.fm.
Going forward, AbsolutePunk.net will be no more. I am taking everything I loved about it and all the ideas that have been bouncing around in my head for years, and I’m bringing them to Chorus.fm. Soon I’ll be redirecting all of the domain names and social media accounts associated with AbsolutePunk to the new domains and using this opportunity to re-think exactly what it is I want this website and our community to be going forward.
This is a tough thing to write about. I could make this a very long blog, but I'd prefer not to...I think Jason and I will discuss it plenty when Encore returns this week, anyway. It's overwhelmingly foreign to type that URL into my browser and have something that isn't AbsolutePunk showing up, though. Since 2009, I've spent more time on AP.net than any other website; first as a forum member and commenter, then as a user reviewer, then as a staff member, and most recently as a "retired" staffer.
During the five and a half-ish years that I was a staff writer, I touched almost every portion of the site to some degree. I edited user reviews, became one of the most frequent news posters on the site in 2011/2012, interviewed bands, brought feature-length articles to the site for the first time, coordinated and posted features that the whole staff contributed to, and wrote a lot of reviews.
Suffice to say that for a while, AbsolutePunk was an enormous part of my life. There was a time when posting news was the first thing I thought about in the morning, when I would stay up until the wee hours of the morning writing about some new pop-punk band. Some of my reviews were better than others, but at some point, people started to read my writing with some type of frequency as I covered the late-'00s wave of pop-punk, led by bands like The Wonder Years and labels like No Sleep and Run For Cover.
Now that I haven't really reviewed an album in a year or so, it's pretty wild to me that I ever wrote that many of them, or that so many people ever read/commented on my writing. But this all circles back to the point I wanted to make here in the first place. AbsolutePunk provided an underground bunker of a music forum where nerds could cram in to discuss just about anything with other people who shared one crucial interest: A total obsession with music. At school, maybe you were the person in your group of friends who really wanted to find every B-side and keep up with every new band signing to a new label. But AbsolutePunk was full of those types of people. I'll always remember being introduced to the site in high school and becoming instantly hooked on chatting about this music all day.
The community that AP.net fostered as a "home base" of sorts for pop-punk / emo / whatever genre of music will never be matched. It grew before, during and after the highest points for pop-punk in the mainstream and remained a reliable news source for every type of music up until its last day publishing news. This is a testament to Jason's hard work and the dedication of an often-revolving group of core staffers, hundreds of whom contributed to the site over the years.
As odd as it feels to say goodbye to AP.net -- a place that I imagine a lot of people assumed would keep posting news for the better part of eternity -- it does feel as though the time is right in many ways. Seeing as how I spend two hours on the phone with Jason every week, it became clear a long time ago that he was ready for a new start. Collectively, I think the community will embrace something fresh as well. I'd encourage all former AP.net readers to check out Jason's introductory post, create an account on the new forum, and read up on how to become a patron of Chorus.fm or Encore. I can't wait to watch Chorus grow.