Well, Dearest Reader, it's been quite the last couple of weeks, hasn't it?
As we all work from our sofas, trying to convince the boss that Netflix is actually a vital part of the to do list (you what? - Ed), everything has been turned upside down. Supermarkets have become the new anti-social hotspots, everyone is suddenly an expert at video conferencing, and we keep having fever dreams about this thing called 'live music'? Anyone heard of it?
As tours and festivals cancel or postpone, important albums shift their release dates back and - in the words of Take That - everything changes but you, we figured it was worth giving an update at where your mighty Dork was 'at' in terms of our plans for the coming months.
Yes, we're egotists. We are the most important. All eyes on us.
So, long and not so dramatic story short - we fully intend to keep publishing - both online and via our monthly magazine - to our usual schedule for as long as we possibly can during 'the event'. While logistically the presses still turn and it is still possible to print, we'll be doing that too. Our distribution network will change in accordance with the situation, but providing we can get copies into your hands, we'll be doing just that each and every month. Order copies direct from us, and we'll do the rest, as long as the postal service allows.
Our annual festival guide has - understandably - dropped back while we work out just what is going on for 2020, but other than that we'll be sticking as close to possible to our usual schedules. If that changes, you'll be the first to know.
We're a small but proudly imperfectly formed independent magazine, obviously, so while we're more than aware everyone is asking for your support, we've put together a little list of options to make sure we can support you lot too, and keep you in stock of silly pop mags.
As well as offering single issue deliveries direct to your door, and 12 month subscriptions to ensure you never miss an issue, we're also introducing new 3 month and 6 month options to tide you over while we're (possibly, maybe) all living life a little differently to usual. None of our subscriptions automatically renew - though we'll remind you when we send out your last one - so there's no getting stuck with that direct debit you forgot to cancel.
Because we're all a bit bored, while stocks last all new 6 or 12 month subscriptions will also come with a copy of our Super Awesome Dork Indie Colouring Book. A little bit of felt tip fun will see the days flying by, right? We'll be doing this first come, first served, so if you want to make sure you grab one, get on with it. Stocks are limited.
One magazine may not be enough, though - so, we've plundered the archives and put together some special lucky dip bundles of back issues. If you need a care package to pass the time, we've got you covered. We'll send you four for just £11.99, if you're in the UK. Bargain. Never know, may be some rare 'out of stock' ones magically show up too, if you're very lucky.
We're eternally grateful for all your support, both grabbing the magazine and 'engaging' with what we do online. While we're absolutely accepting the next few months are going to be really rather tough for all of us, if we stick together we'll see it out. And remember, like the cover of our latest issue so prophetically states - wash your hands.