There have been some pretty awesome posts out there lately dealing with this idea of being honest with yourself. Bloggers that are seeing things for what they really are and acknowledging the truth. It’s quite a concept for someone that has a history of keeping things all nice and padded.
There is something on my mind that I have held in for a few weeks now. I’m not sure if some of my friends who have written amazing and honest posts have finally given me the ability to write like this or if it has just come to a point where I can’t put another band-aid on it again.
Some who know me will remember me as a co-founder of a couple of sites. One being a collaborative news site called Sprocket Ink. The other one a blogging community for those over 30 called Studio30 Plus. Both sites were a great source of pride for me. To see both grow from nothing was an accomplishment. With Sprocket, we saw astronomical numbers with hits for a brand new site in the first year. With Studio30, the idea of starting out with 2 members to over 1,100 was simply amazing.
Then I hit that wall. My blogging was suffering, my time wasn’t being spent enough on real life. Something had to give and it had to be the two things that I worked hard in building from scratch. Sprocket Ink and Studio30 Plus.
It was tough saying goodbye to Sprocket. I remember this weird feeling the day I left. I knew it was the right decision for myself in this time of my life, but it was still difficult to really walk away. I continue to read Sprocket and I will always look back on it as a success. A lot of good memories that first year with some pretty amazing writers.
Studio30 Plus has been a bit different. This is how Jules and I first joined forces. She tweeted that there should be site for people like us (old, I think) and I replied with something like, “Well what were you thinking?” Snowball after snowball, it grew to over 1,100 members in two years. Beyond both of our comprehension I think.
After leaving Sprocket, I wanted to hold onto Studio30 longer simply because it was the first project. I didn’t want to leave, but I knew I had to. After finally telling Jules that I needed to leave, she kept up with it for a while. Then she brought on another blogger to run it.
And with keeping up with all this honesty, this is where I have the issue.
From the moment I found out that the site was put into new hands, I knew it would be a short matter of time before it wouldn’t be Studio30 Plus anymore. I knew the changing of platforms would come. I knew the focus of being this cool group of bloggers would turn into this massive social marketing extravaganza. Bloggers couldn’t just be bloggers. I knew it was going to be almost the complete opposite of what Jules and I envisioned it to be from the beginning.
There was however one thing that I didn’t know.
I didn’t know that the act of receiving a community site of over 1,100 members strong would give the new leader the green light to dismiss the founders completely. I understand the changing of platforms, but what I don’t understand is how changing the URL ever so slightly means the site is now an original. It doesn’t take away the fact that this was an already established community.
As an original founder, I will agree that moving it to another spot and slightly changing the URL was within the new community leader’s right… if the leader would also agree that the lack of acknowledgement for the people who built it is just really crappy.
And I totally understand that I walked away when I absolutely had to. I totally own up to it and maybe I don’t deserve to still be acknowledge as a founder. I think I do but I’m okay with letting it go. But I know Jules deserves it. I know she took up the slack when I stepped down.
I’m sure this will fall on deaf ears due to the fact that I have been gone from blogging for a while and lost 90% of my readers. And I’m sure it does portray me as someone that’s just jealous. That’s not the case at all, but I get it. This post is an attempt of taking something I found a disservice with and try to put it out in the open.
I’m slowly becoming a believer that band-aids and layering to not offend are so overrated.