Looks like TGN is down for the count this time at least under Zac’s leadership. He has put the site up for sale.
It appears that the server that TGN currently resides on is suffering from a rather heavy load. This load isn’t due to the traffic on TGN which is normal for the month and my ISP appears to be uninterested in helping to solve the problem. Sadly I don’t have the tools or access to the tools that would allow me to solve the issue and despite my efforts over the last day or so I have been unable to rectify the issue.
The only solutions to this are to upgrade to a more expensive hosting package (which I am not willing to do) or move to a new ISP. Sadly I’m not really interested in doing that either.
Over the last year I have had less and less time to devote to the site and it has begun to require more of my time not only to keep it running and up-to-date but also in terms of the news gathering and posting.
It has long been a dream of mine to make the site profitable enough to support me and over the last four years despite the strides the site has made in terms of reach and traffic this hasn’t really been the case. I am of the opinion that given enough time and resources this site could in fact generate a fairly good income but sadly I just don’t have the time to pursue any additional revenue streams for the site.
On most evenings I usually have to choose between painting and posting news and it has been about a year since I was able to dedicate anything more than a few hours a day to the site.
Sadly I have decided to put the site up for sale. Anyone interested in purchasing the site should email me zac at tabletopgamingnews.com. Information regarding the site, traffic and revenue levels can be provided to any serious bidders.
I will be winding down the site and removing pages right away. The TGN Talk message board will stay open for the time being.
To say that it has been a hectic few days is a bit of an understatement.
The situation in regards to the site this evening is a radically different one than existed when I got up this morning and its been a quite positive evening.
There has been a lot of response to the site being offered for sale and there has been a lot of offers of help and hosting that I have been very grateful for. I’m also quite thankful for all the kinds words people have been sending via email or through TGN Talk.
There have been several offers from members of the hobby industry to host TGN as part of own web hosting and I suspect that by the end of the week I will have that finalized and that TGN will be up and running with a more secure hosting situation. You should expect to see TGN running within a week.
My own participation in the site will be contingent on the development of a few job offers I have had in the last few days. I have been quite surprised by the industry response to the site and the rather unexpected generosity on the part of some people in the hobby. I don’t have any full details but suffice it to say that I should have enough work coming soon to help keep TGN running and the news posted for some time.
I don’t have the words to really adequately describe what an insane roller-coaster this has been but it looks as if there is actually a happy ending to this entire mess.
TGN is now back.
[Last Updated: 5JUN09]