Killing off a website.
Some of you know that quite a while ago I started a little gardening based chat site called Growing Forward.
Well we muddled along for some time gaining members and writing blogs, posting photos etc. and generally enjoying ourselves but just recently (well for quite a while now) the membership has dropped off and less and less people were bothering to log on.
Now don’t misunderstand me here, I fully understand that members were writing blogs here or on other forums and then copying or re-writing them over on GF and it does get a bit tiresome after a while hence the drop in members writing over there.
Well it has been coming to a head for the last couple of weeks and today (Thursday) I made the decision to “pull the plug” and close the site down.
What I hadn’t realised was just how attached I had become to the little place and deleting all of those pages and the hours of blogs, photos and videos etc. that we had all uploaded has been one of the most arduous tasks I have had to do for a long time.
I don’t know if I’m right in saying this but making the decision to bring it all to an end was very similar and just as hard as having my beautiful dog (and best friend) Duke put to sleep when he was at the end of his life but the same as for Duke I know it is the right decision and although I will miss GF I know I will get over it.
So to all of those members who are also members of GoY I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time and putting in the effort for me on GF.
I would just like to add my thanks to a very special lady who has helped me in coming to terms with this decision but I know she would be totally embarrassed to be named so you know who you are and I’ll be forever in your debt. Thank you xx
Best wishes to everyone for the future.
- 29 Oct, 2010
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