Looking back at 2012, it is no secret that there's much room for improvement. What happened? “Not much,” you might say. And you are correct.
We sincerely apologize for that; Bruce and I had to take on full-time jobs outside of BookCrossing again, just to keep the BookCrossing ship (as well as our own ship) floating. We continue to pour money into BookCrossing just as we have done for many years, and, to make ends meet, we’ve geographically divided to conquer, and Bruce has started up a full-blown veterinary practice 16 hours away from me in Watford City, North Dakota. We continue to remain grateful for your loyalty and patience while we both work much more than just "full time" to maintain our now independent loads. In the meantime, we are putting Ardik as point person for BookCrossing’s communications.
Scarcity of resources, both in regards to money and time, has had a paralysing effect. We, at headquarters (including Ardik in Germany) had planned and expected to spend much more time and energy, not only in development, but also in some management tasks. However, life got in the way more often than not, and the outcome was rather disappointing.
Thankfully, there are those passionate and focused team members who were (and luckily still are) very dedicated to BookCrossing, but with very little response from us, the core team, they were all too often stuck in the dark, and the situation was very straining for their motivation. We are happy and grateful to be able to report that they are still eager and available to pick up their work as soon as they are needed again.
When we look forward at 2013, we do so with great hope and positive intentions; we are currently in the process of reconnoitering, re-arranging and re-deploying our energies and tasks. We've learned the lesson of overpromising and underdelivering and will no longer make any lofty promises. We’re looking forward to a year of huge improvements; after all there's room for that in all directions, so it can only get better!
One major development is that we seem to be closer to the launching of the EU Supply Store. While it has been a slow research and development project, you can soon expect Release Bags (and in several languages) with EU local shipping options. Check out the Forum posts on this topic in the next few days or so.
What is it that you can do? Here are 5 great ideas to help the site:
1. We appreciate your support, patience and your continuous habit of practicing BookCrossing!
2. If you are a seasoned BookCrosser and you speak a language into which BookCrossing has not yet been translate, ping us using the Contact Us link if you’d like to help translate. We’d appreciate hearing from you!
3. We welcome your bug reports and feature requests. Keep ‘em coming. We will eventually get to them!
4. While third party ad displays alone don’t pay BookCrossing, when you click and buy, we so earn a very small commission and every little bit helps.
5. Finally, (and oh, so important), we wholeheartedly appreciate - and need - your financial support through buying BookCrossing goodies: Wings, labels, and just no-string donations.
We wish each and every one of you a successful, healthy, and happy 2013 and look forward to building even a better BookCrossing. After all, the year is Two-Thousand THIRTEEN, and since the world didn’t end and it’s not a year of Fridays, it can only go up from here!
Here’s to 2013,
-Heather and Bruce