I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Best Gore community for support over the years. It’s been an interesting, although at times bumpy ride. We have reached a cool milestone of one million unique readers a month and I thought this membership in the 6 figures club deserved a high five so here it goes. This is truly fascinating because I’m quite easily the worst writer on teh interweb. I have no writing talent, I speak senseless, incoherent bullshit, my grammar is worse than that of a third grader and my lame jokes never funny – so I resort to assholism cause that’s about the only thing someone this incompetent has left for him. I’m basically a keyboard warrior with no life yet it still attracts a growing number of readers. Go figure!
I have a confession to make: Those of you who have been reading Best Gore for a while would know that for almost two years, I’ve been travelling around the world. I reached a stage in my life when I realized that being a corporate slave was not for me so I quit work and started to travel. The site had already been populated with hundreds of thousands of readers so I continued updating it as much as I could. Sometimes I would come to places with no internet, or with internet so unstable I couldn’t get anything done – which made retention of the site challenging but I did my best nevertheless.
This long term travel opened me up to a whole new way of thinking and since travelling afforded me to scratch some of the lines off my bucket list, I decided to start taking steps towards fulfilling some of the bigger ones because you never know when your time to kick that bucket comes. Below three items from my bucket list are my main focus for the next few years:
- Film an hour long documentary on any topic and take it to public screenings
- Retract to the wilderness and live in complete isolation and solitude like a hermit for at least a year
- Sail around the world in a yacht
I’m pretty committed to making each of these come true but as you can imagine, they would be impossible to fulfill or to take on all together if I had internet based obligations to take care of on the daily basis. When things get to such stage, there’s only one outcome – something has to give.
I’ve written this post to make it publically known that I’m playing with an idea to cease the operation of Best Gore. I believe that being straightforward and honest is what you deserve for years of loyalty you have shown to the site. It would be much easier to just work on my next project and when it’s ready for a go, shut the site down, or have it redirect to some other, unrelated site and leave everyone without answers, but that’s not how I want to end this.
Before I get any further, I need to clarify one thing – at this point, all I’m doing is being as straightforward with you as can be. Nothing whatsoever is definite yet. I’m just looking to take on some of the bigger things I would like to accomplish in my lifetime and should everything fall into place, I will go ahead with them which will likely result in some form of significant change to the site. If not, then I will pretend I have never written this and Best Gore will continue on with its regular programming.
I also need to make clear that even if things got to a point of imminent change, it will not happen in any immediate future. The site will normally continue on for a good while as I still have a lot to take care of to get any of the other wheels in motion. Plus… I do not know what exactly will happen with the site if I do move on with my other projects. There will be some major change as I will no longer be able to dedicate time to the site, but not sure what exactly it ends up being.
One of the options is to leave the site as is, but make it read-only. All old content, including existing comments would stay, but no new posts or comments would be accepted. Anyone would still be able to come and access all existing photos and videos (the same way it is at the moment), but nothing new would be added. The catch with this option is, that because of high traffic (15 Million page views a month with a lot of hosted media) the site gets at the moment, it takes an expensive server to run. So in order to keep the site on line, I would need to continue paying $400 a month for the server (provided traffic won’t grow too much, in which case an upgrade would be required).
Shutting site down completely would be much more economical, but there are options in between which I will be entertaining should it come to it. Let me ask you – what would you do if you were in my shoes?
Oh… to my fellow Canucks – Happy Canada Day, Eh!