Last night we ate dinner at a friend’s house, our first group gathering of 2013. One of the guests launched into a tale about a recent first date—an “OkCupid”-brokered meetup that wound up lasting three full days and covering two states. She’d planned on a subdued “day date” in a public place, in a neutral city. She ended up traveling, eating, sharing, and…let’s leave the rest at “et cetera.”
“It was epic,” she said, smiling wickedly.
First dates—full of promise, hope, fear, terror, tension, anxiety, excitement. You never know for sure where they’ll lead. They can fail or succeed epically, and everything in between.
I love the idea of firsts, beginnings, launches—the promise and anxiety of the new. Pursuit Magazine re-launches on January 15, 2013 with a new look, a new direction, and a new staff. All of the elements are there: fear, hope, terror, anxiety, tension, excitement. We’re not certain where it’s all heading, but we’re ready to nudge, follow, lead, accompany and escort this new venture to success.
It’s not all new. We’ll maintain Pursuit’s archive of stories. There’s too much wealth in those digital pages to cast out. Our industry experts are all on board. You can still rely on Pursuit Magazine for well-written, informative, and entertaining PI-centric content. Pursuit’s mission still is and ever will be to remain the magazine for, by, and about professional investigators.
However, there’s new amid the old. We’ve invited a trove of new writers, journalists, freelancers, and historians to fill each month with amazing, new and completely original narratives. You’ll find in this first issue of 2013 the story of how Dashiell Hammett invented the modern detective novel. We share research tips and tricks through the lens of a veteran journalist. You’ll hear firsthand from a fellow investigator what it’s like to start a new PI company, just as she’s starting a new family; and you’ll discover what a veteran investigator learned from launching his agency three years ago.
The new Pursuit Magazine may take a little getting used to, but it’s fairly intuitive and easy to navigate. If you’re looking for a story about the PI trade, click +the Business. For a little marketing mojo, click +the Pitch. Curious about PIs in history, the news, or popular culture? Click +the Life. Need to take some continuing education? Click +the Repository. We have a new look, but our mission is the same. Pursuit Magazine is, as always, the magazine of professional investigators.
The entire Pursuit Magazine team is excited about this re-launch. It feels simultaneously thrilling and anxiety-ridden—not at all unlike a first date. It’s a vulnerable feeling, those first steps into the unknown, as any PI who’s ever hung a shingle knows.
We’ll meet you for a “Day Date” on January 15, 2013 in a public place: the Internet. www.pursuitmag.com
Plan on a day date; but pack an overnight bag just in case. Who knows? You may end up sticking around for the long haul, subscribing, sharing, reading, and even joining the conversation, sharing your professional insights in our pages. We’re hoping that conversation lasts quite a few years and covers 50 states (and more than a few distant lands).
Here’s to new beginnings.