5 May 2009

The Write Stuff

I cannot maintain this blog and for The Write Stuff any longer.

As you will appreciate, creating and uploading new content takes time, a lot of time. Imagine trying to maintain the 40 sections of the Showcase of Tasmanian poetry and to update them with new content, edit the aged content and to create new poet pages into eternity. Over the years, it turned me into a web site provider for 40 poets, providing, in most cases, their only web presence. Most of them need an update to their section, showing their new prizes, new, books etc.

Over the years, one of the services I provided via that Showcase was postman – very often, lazy visitors who couldn't be bothered to use a telephone book or write to a writer's centre would write in saying they wanted to get in touch with one of the poets they met in the year dot and wanted to say hi. In some cases, it was a publisher who urgently needed to contact their author: that happened at least twice. I don't mind, but the sheer volume of the site has taken its toll.

When our younger son died almost three years ago, I came to a halt. The site came to a halt.

There have been a few volunteers helping with this blog over the years, but there have been no helpers with The Write Stuff (apart from volunteered help with our competitions in 2004/2005).

I have done all that web work alone. I simply cannot do it anymore, not without my own writing time evaporating altogether into thin air. I cannot keep The Write Stuff current and I cannot bear seeing it age with neglect.

So I have decided to retire from all my external web work commitments, altogether. I plan to archive The Write Stuff's content permanently elsewhere (publicly available); I will keep the site alive, and provide links from The Write Stuff to those archived pages. Keeping the site alive has its own financial cost but I am prepared to pay that.

If a miracle happens and I get offers of support for the site (practical, active and sustainable support) who knows, it might be able to be continued, and I have ideas for how it could be continued, as a wiki for easy author contributions perhaps ...

In the meantime: Having the site online as it is, with gaps and lapses, is painful to me: There are poets I have not had time to put online due to my own life's personal tragedy and lack of time, poets who are more than deserving of a place alongside others on that showcase, like Jane Williams for instance.

So. Rather than present an uneven collection, this is my plan: to find an archive at the State library and provide links from the site to that content.

I wish everyone well and thank you for your support and feedback over the years.


genevieve said...

Hi Anne,

very sorry to hear of this, but I agree running two sites is all-consuming (I gave one up a couple of years ago, have hardly noticed it's gone!) and I want to wish you all the best with your own work, hope it will go forward with all speed.
Tasmanian poets have been very fortunate to have your support.


Chris Mansell said...

A great loss, but I'm sure we all understand and are grateful for all the work you've put in over the years.


Ivy said...

Thank you, Anne. Whee! More writing time! :-D

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