I want to pass on the sad news that I cannot do forums on Chump Lady any more. You may have just signed up explicitly to join the new forums I was going to do on Discourse. After much agonizing over this decision, I’ve decided to not move forward.
If you signed up for forums on Patreon, PLEASE either CANCEL your patronage BEFORE AUG 1 or considering supporting the blog further as I figure out the new tiers. (In the next few weeks.)
Here’s why I decided this.
1.) There are places that can do this better than I can. A closed Facebook page, a subreddit, etc. The community can continue, I just can’t keep hosting it.
I’m at a fork in the road with where the blog is going, and as the traffic has grown, my costs have grown, and even with the kind, AMAZING supporters — the new $3 sign ups were not enough to break even taking on an additional $300 a month.
2.) I would rather do one thing well. I can write and I can draw and I can snark. That’s the blog. The writing, CN supporting each other in the comments, the archives. I need to decide where to invest the resources I have — financially and time-wise — and I’ve decided to put it into the blog. Making the site run better (new theme), leaner, cleaner, better SEO, hopefully solving the wretched ad situation. (Tied to my site loading issues.) It all costs time and money.
The forums were popular so long as they were free, but my site and free forums cannot both exist anymore. I simply do not have the time to take on more IT headaches, moderating, and admin work.
It’s really hard to admit I have limits, and it’s harder still to quit offering a place to support people who need support, but I hope the blog and community there, in the comments and elsewhere (Facebook, subreddit) can do that.
This is what I can do:
Keep the site going. Publish 5 days a week. UBT insipid cheater articles. Finish a second book. Draw more cartoons. Offer new perks to the beautiful people who are paying it forward for everyone. That’s the direction I decided to go. I hope you understand.
If you decide to keep supporting the site THANK YOU. The site runs on altruism, and I absolutely could not do it without you.
Some housekeeping —
THE FORUM GOES DARK ON AUG 1. So please copy what you want to copy.
I will be backing up the current forums, if I decide to revisit this issue and do Discourse in the future. That’s undecided, but not likely at present.
I will not be creating a subreddit or closed Facebook group, but you are absolutely welcome to. And I am happy to create a page with links to your communities. We can still have community, just need to find another place to move the party.