Many of you have come to know Ryan Fleury (aka Delix), of The Melodist fame, who hosts his project here.
After 3 years, Handmade Network has grown into a self-sustaining niche community, and I've been considering who I think is a likely candidate for taking a crack at running this ship. The team and I, as well as many veteran members, believe Ryan is the right fit.
Wait, you're leaving?
No. I'll remain as an original founder. However, for all practical purposes (financial, legal, setting goals, and so on), Ryan and his team will be at the forefront. So my role is symbolic, but it's my way of saying I don't intend to run off and create a competing community!
This is a personal decision.
Like I said, we are a decent community we should feel proud of. To take it to the next level, however, requires an even greater sacrifice of free time. I personally now have a fiancé, family responsibilities, and a desire to settle down and explore in-real-life hobbies and pursuits. These are all things that were not present 3 years ago, and so back then I had used 100% of my free time just for the network.
I'm still not convinced! Stay.
(If you actually said this, I'm flattered!)
Well, interestingly, I was just musing about my career this past week. Although this is thinking far ahead, and I'm not the one who decides this, there's a possibility I might help the company maintain some kind of open ecosystem surrounding a project.
If that ever is the case, I cannot see myself programming full-time and actively handling two online spaces. There might be people who easily manage multiple online spaces, but I am keenly aware of my limits here.
Okay, what's next?
The next monthly news will be coming from Ryan! I will meet with him this month to continue info dumping everything I know about running a community. Meanwhile, Chronal and Jeroen are continuing to help Ben Visness understand how to maintain our server and extend backend functionality. After this, we're of course roping in Asaf Gartner and insofaras on how things work so the full team is ready.
This network would literally not have existed without the other founders. It would not be what it is without project owners hosting their software projects here. The people in this community itself are generally respectful and intellectually curious and consistently showing love and commitment to our vision. Thank you so much...