Subject: Update on the site and its future.
This site has been on life support for some time, sustained only by the sporadic comments that still come in on Shark’s archived posts, and its future seemed certain; a slow but inevitable slide into Internet purgatory. When sites are no longer updated, they gradually sink in search rankings and lose links from other sites, thereby receiving fewer and fewer visits until they vanish into near total obscurity, much like your old MySpace page.
My name is Jake, and I’ve been visiting this site almost from the beginning. I’m a big fan of Shark’s outlook on life, and his ideas and insight have helped me greatly improve my game, but more importantly, pushed me to man up and overcome some of my irrational fears and counterproductive habits. Granted, we all have to do the really hard work on our own, but this site has been a valuable piece of the puzzle, giving me both inspiration and a kick in the ass when I needed it.
Needless to say, I was sad as hell to see it sitting on death row after Shark moved on, and not just for myself, but for the untold number of others out there who might never be exposed to the ideas and outlook Shark shared with us. So being a web guy 9-5, I figured I might be able to find a way to keep it going, or at least prevent it from completely dying. After much back and forth, and a stack of my hard earned Benjamins, I was able to convince Shark to let me take over the site. The deal is now done, and I’ve got the keys to the front door.
I don’t have any grand plans as of yet, but I’m going to start by updating the code and fixing things where they’re broken. I also want to make it easier for people (especially new visitors) to find the really good content, which will probably require some design / layout changes. After that, things are more up in the air.
We’ll need to figure out how to keep the site fresh enough to prevent it from descending into Google obscurity, but I’m not yet sure how to accomplish that. If people keep buying The Black Flag eBook, we’ll have a small budget to hire some good writers, which combined with involvement from the community, might keep things active enough. Of course, the problem is that no one can replace Shark, and I’m pretty sure he isn’t planning to contribute in the future.
Feel free to leave a comment if you have any input / ideas on the future of the site without Shark. In the meantime, I’m getting to work on some of the technical stuff and design issues.
P.S. Obviously I’ve had contact with Shark, but before I get inundated with questions, let me say that I don’t know much more than any of you about what he’s up to. I do know that he’s extremely busy on new projects, and I think he just mentally moved on from the site a while back. That happens in life, as there are only so many hours in a day. He never gave me the slightest indication that he might be open to dropping knowledge on us in the future, but of course, I’m hoping he does, or at least stops by once in a while.