December 8, 2014 in General Announcements
In the last few years, I have loved getting to know so many amazing people through running Real Life Scrapped. People that I hope will be life-long friends, because it already feels like we’ve known each other for forever!
But, it’s come time for me to close Real Life Scrapped. The last few months I’ve been considering the future of the site, and while I’d like to keep it going – and bring more and better content to everyone – my heart just isn’t in it anymore. My year for 2014 was “forward” and while I was contemplating my word for 2015, focus, I was hit with a mental-ton-of-bricks. I just don’t have the drive, the focus, to keep up RLS anymore. It’s been A LONG TIME since I’ve even been able to scrap – and too much time stressing out over managing RLS. I have a great team behind me, but there’s still plenty of day-to-day operations I had to handle myself. Since my husband’s layoff (that crazy story is over here,) I’m working even more now and can’t take the time to train someone else to give them the site.
So, as of 12/31/2014 I’ll turn off the gallery uploads and on 03/15/2015 – it will most likely go offline for good. I want to leave things up long enough for people to move their uploads to other galleries, but I can’t keep paying for the server indefinitely. Who knows, maybe during that time – I might have the time to rework the site into a less-stressful format, but it will most likely be a blog and not a community. I really wish I could just hand over the site to someone else with the time to give it the attention it needs, but I really don’t have the time to train anyone right now – and I don’t know if I will before the March deadline.
I feel horrible ‘pulling the plug’ after how much so many others have invested in the site, but it’s the first idea in the last several months that has given me peace and not more anxiety. Combined with my recent computer crash and, basically Murphy’s Law – I haven’t been able to handle customer service much at all, which makes me feel horrible – just a two hour delay in taking care of a problem makes me feel like the worst person ever. The computer crash was really the last nail in the coffin – I had to ignore RLS completely to catch up on work the last few weeks. This decision has taken several months – my friends, RLS team, and husband have tossed around several ideas – but this really is the only option that has given me some peace.
If you’re a designer and would like to trade coupons as part of a “thank you” to the RLS team, I’ll be more than glad to! They deserve all the thanks in the world for posting all our features and coordinating so much!
Thanks again for being a part of Real Life Scrapped – sharing a passion for scrapbooking with this community has meant a lot to me! I hope to continue to see everyone around other digiscrap communities.