On 1st October I wrote a post on this blog that questioned whether or not DelphiDabbler.com should remain or be taken down.
I've been quite overwhelmed by the response and the support shown. Thanks to everyone who took the time to comment.
The bottom line is that I'm persuaded that the site should continue.
So what decided me?
I had been wondering if anyone found the site useful, and it seems the answer is yes!
The consensus seems to be that people would prefer the site to stay around, even in a dormant state. The response has been such that a couple weeks ago I had come to the conclusion that I should try keep the site going.
However, I was still concerned that I was having to finance the site in the face of a collapse in advertising and donation revenue. Some kind individuals had made donations since my blog post, but more was still needed. Then, two days ago a particularly generous donation arrived that should enable the site to keep going through to June 2019.
This means I'm able to keep the site with my current web host which simplifies things greatly. A couple of people made offers to take over the web hosting, but now I don't need to take them up. Thanks guys I appreciate the offers.
But, there's always a "but"
My desire to focus on my music making is unchanged, so I won't be spending a huge amount of time on the site or my programming. At present I'm still mulling over what I can realistically do, but this is what I'm thinking at the moment:
- Most of the site's content will be frozen. This means:
- No new articles
- No new hints and tips
- The online code snippets database and SWAG database apps may never get out of beta, and may even go away (but I'll ensure that the data remains available).
- The program and code library pages will probably get simplified.
- The content of the documentation "wiki" may get frozen, or even moved elsewhere. I don't like the wiki software much and it's a pain to maintain.
- I'll probably push ahead with giving the site a much needed make-over to make it mobile friendly. It all depends how long it's likely to take.
- I'll be limiting my programming quite severely. That means:
- Many projects will be abandoned, which means no support, no bug fixes, nothing. They'll still be available though.
- Several will become maintenance only - bugs may get fixed but no new features will be added.
- A very few will continue to be developed. These will be the ones that interest me. And I'm not sure which they are yet!
- I'll no longer be testing the code library or code snippets across multiple compilers. Everything will be compiled or tested with either Delphi XE or XE4.
- I can't foresee a time when I'll upgrade beyond Delphi XE4.
Of course the plans will probably change, but I will strive to keep the site up for as long as it can be funded.
As ever your comments are appreciated.