|Three years and counting...|
by Dani Moure - Thursday, February 26th 2004
Category: Site News
For those of you that don't know, today marks the third anniversary of Farscape World's debut online. And as is kind of my tradition, I'm going to leave a few ramblings and reflections on the past year and the site as a whole...
It's been a tough year. I try and keep everyone up to date in my news posts, so this probably won't come as a shock to most of you. I went through my finals at Uni and graduated, and expected to have more time to devote to the site, since I had less studying. That, of course, didn't happen, and it turns out I've actually had a fair amount less time (which I should've foreseen, but I guess I was trying to be optimistic). Running this website does take a lot of time, even little things like updating the news and such. Since I pretty much do this aspect alone, it makes it that bit harder, and since I'm human (yes, it's true!) and so I miss things sometimes. Especially during more stressful weeks at work and such, it's easy to gloss over things. That's where the e-mails really help, and I must point out that I really do appreciate them. It's also tough keeping on top of them (and I admit I'm bad at it), so if I ever gloss over an e-mail, or you wonder why I haven't replied, a quick reminder should do the trick. I promise I don't do it on purpose.
Anyways, while my situation may have got a bit worse, and I'll be the first to admit that it's meant reduced amounts of new content on the site, it hasn't all been at a standstill. September last year saw me rewrite the entire site, converting it to PHP with a database backend. Which means we can do a few more nifty things on the interface end, and the admin side of the site is a lot easier. Frustratingly, my lack of time means there are a few bits still missing (which I really do apologise for), most notably the older news items which I haven't imported yet. They do still exist, though, so they will be coming. Also, last month saw us completely re-launch the forums with some new, more accessible and user-friendly software, which has definitely spurred some new activity and kick-started it a bit.
Naturally, since the end of the show, things on the site have been quieter. Since the core of the site is based around the episode coverage, with nothing new, it's been a bit slow. And again, I've been terrible in inventing ways to keep new content coming. We have had some great stuff, though, notably some amazing, and now award-winning fan fiction from the awesome Robyn Bender. I have to thank Robyn here for allowing us to post her fics here first.
This past year has also seen a few changes in the other staff members' circumstances. Mary has certainly not had an easy year to say the least, and that's been reflected in a reduced role in the site for the time being. But nonetheless, she is my awesome partner in crime, and this site would not be what it is today without her input. I have to eternally thank her again. She really does rock. I'm always sending positive vibes.
I also want to send thanks to Angie, Cyn and Linda, our forum moderators, who are fantastic and really know how to cheer me up when I'm feeling a bit down. Angie has been beyond awesome this year, in particular, with her encouragement. Thanks to the three of you.
So, now, what to look forward to in the coming year? Well, firstly, there's that little thing of all new Farscape, in the form of the mini-series. We should all keep looking forward to that, and working to get more new viewers for the show. I also need to reassure everyone that we are not going anywhere! We'll remain online for a long time yet, and I assure you we'll be keeping up our usual high standard of coverage for the mini series!
Other things, well, I have plans. The most immediate is a redesign of the site. I wanted, and tried to get it ready for today. I thought it'd be the perfect time. Alas, fate conspired against me again. So I'm just going to say that it's coming soon. If sometime in the near future, you visit us and we look a bit different, well, you know why. I'll not give any target dates anymore, because, well, no matter how hard I try, half the time something seems to get in the way at the last minute. But a redesign is coming. It'll be our first major, big redesign since coming online. I'm not talking the cosmetic changes we've made in the past. This will be quite drastic, but it's shaping up nicely.
As for more, well, we'll be filling up the rest of the sparser sections with more content, at last. It'll take a while, but we will get it completed, I am sure of that. I have lots that I want to do, and it will keep coming over the next year. I really want to keep this site going for as long as possible, so please don't be concerned there.
When we launched on February 26th 2001, my goal with Farscape World was simply to provide some quality episode reviews and coverage, as well as news and information in one place. Since then, a lot of sites have come and gone, but I'm proud of the fact that we're still here, along with some other fantastic sites, most of which are run by friends of mine (Thinky, Dallascaper, the guys and gals of SaveFarscape.com, and many more). This site really has made me so many friends it's unbelievable (especially the chat contingent – I love you guys!!). I just want to here take my hat off to all those people, and also mention that I was sorry to see Karlsweb close earlier this year. While we had a couple of run-ins, we actually got on quite well, and I wish AmyJ, PKBarb, Karl and the gang all the best in whatever they choose to do next.
You'll probably notice I haven't mentioned the fan campaign here. Well, I write a big piece on that back on the first anniversary of the cancellation last September, and my feelings are much the same. I'm not a politician and I do feel bad to see how things are going, and friends of mine getting upset and barraged. I know how it can feel to be under constant fire, and it's very difficult. I often wish the insanity would just all go away, but that won't happen for a while. Sadly. But we all have new Farscape to look forward to and promote, so I'm not going to say any more on the subject.
Anyways, enough of the name-dropping, reminiscing and looking forward. I want to thank everyone who visits this site, especially those who do so regularly, our wonderful forum posters, and those who drop me e-mails. You guys rock, and although it's a cliché, it's true to say this site would be nothing without your support. Thank you all.
Here's to a better year ahead.
And new Farscape.
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