There are those times in every person’s life when a little re-evaluation is required – a time to stop, sit back, and take a good hard long look at your life. Last week was one of those times for me – which coincidentally matched up to my latest birthday. I’m not going to share my age, but lets just say that I’m not getting any younger. The result of that realization has caused me some pause in my daily rituals, and to take that hard long look for myself. A large focus of that long hard look was this website – which has become a large part of my life these last few years.
When I created this website years ago, I had many hopes for what it would eventually become. I envisioned a slow but steady growth, the result of which would be a modestly successful site with a good amount of readers that would generate a small amount of income. Things, unfortunately, haven’t worked out as I had planned. My readership has remained constant (at only about 100 people a day), and income has been zip. Copper Country Explorer has turned out to be anything but what I had first envisioned.
But I did have readers – and a collection of very supportive readers who kept me going day after day. Readers who constantly challenged me, provided resources I couldn’t of gotten on my own, sent great photos and stories that brightened my days, bought my DVD and donated money (thank you all very much for that!), and had in-depth discussions with me on various historical topics of the day. It was readers like yourselves (which are probably the only ones reading this as well) that have kept this site alive for the past year and I appreciate all you guys very much.
But the facts are the facts. Copper Country Explorer has not succeeded to gain an audience, and never will in its current state. I would like to think its just the black backgrounds and light text, but its more complicated then that. Another cosmetic site re-design is not going to cut it. What needs to be done is a complete re-envisioning from the ground up – a shake up in terms of style, content, and tone. Something drastic that should have been done months ago – but am now doing today.
So starting today Copper Country Explorer will no longer be updated. While I will continue to host it, and will continue to respond to comments and emails; I will no longer post new content. The site will exists solely, at least in the near future, as an archives of my explorations and very little else. To my loyal readers over the last few years I apologize, but I have to move on to bigger and better things. Part of that process is letting go of explorer. But there is good news. While Explorer may be finished, I am not. I am currently working on a new site to take its place, one that will continue the work Explorer has done and expand it to a whole new level. I’m not going to go into specifics today, but just know that something is coming to take CC Explorer’s place.
Towards that end I ask my loyal readers to help me out. Take the time let me know what you liked best about explorer and what you would love to see in a new web site about the copper country. Try to be as specific as you can, let me know what type of stuff copper country lovers out there would love to have on the net. Consider the comments an open discussion on this site and the future site. I’ll be waiting to here from you!
(Oh, by the way, the new site will NOT be black with a light grey text. So you don’t have to say it. I know.)