Following on from the recent announcement that I’d be hanging up my AROnline driving gloves, I thought I’d give you all a quick update on how that’s going. Firstly, thank you all for all of your comments here, on social media and by email – there really have been hundreds of responses, and I read and digested them all. And thank you from the bottom of my heart.
What quickly became apparent is that switching off the site is not an easy option. What came through loud and clear was that you enjoy referring back to this site regularly with many of you reporting that one of the things the site does really well is draw you in and take you down a prototype-shaped rabbit hole. Being constantly updated and fed with SEO-friendly listicles is less important.
Either way, securing the future of the site is now very front of mind for me. My own personal commitments mean that I do intend to step back as planned, but keeping it online, maybe putting important new stories up less regularly (quality, not quantity) is something I can do.
I’ve been approached by a number of potential hosts, people who could house AROnline and take away the nitty gritty of the administration (which is hugely generous), and that looks like a possible direction for the future. I am currently discussing this with a potential partner, who would be a brilliant – and passionate – fit with the site and its content. I hope to update you all very soon.
But for now, keep the faith. The ads are being switched off on 16 December, so at least you’ll have a much better viewing experience, while I sort things out. Thank you for being so supportive!