I wanted to take a minute to write about what’s going on with Let’s Build. Things have been a little slow lately, and by little, I mean a lot! I’ve been absent on the community for about 3 months and have failed to support you all with content and community building. I’m deeply sorry and I wish I was more transparent a lot earlier with what has been going on.
Long story short, I and the other founders took on more than we could handle these past few months. We decided as a team in July we would pursue some contract work so that we could help afford to keep the lights on here (turns out servers are expensive)! These contracts included some web development work to upgrade an application’s UI which we initially estimated at 1 month, however 3 months later we found ourselves implementing a ton more work than we originally signed up to do. Lesson learned I suppose!
After all was said and done, we realized that this contract work simply took over our time and lives. It always seemed like we were a couple weeks away from being done and we could get back to Let's Build, which is why I hesitated to say anything publicly, but after @rohanthegreatt said something on the site yesterday I figured I needed to explain it here
They say time flies by when you are having fun, but it also flies by when you are struggling to get a project completed and you are stressed out beyond measure.
The good news is, with our development contracts ending next month, we have managed to make enough money to keep Let’s Build running for another 12 months. Yay!
These last 3 months have also given us time to make sure we are making the most of the next year afforded to us. It’s not enough to simply keep the servers running, we want to focus on community growth and help fill a void in the ever changing game development community, and with our costs covered, we can now focus on this exclusively.
We have some amazing contributors which is part of what makes this community so special.
With that said, we are focused on finding more authors by reaching out to individuals who specialize in education and training. This is something we have done in the past; I think most of our regular and successful contributors were people I personally got know and invited to the platform, and we plan on expanding this effort to go beyond myself in order to help grow our tutorial-based content.
Secondly, with our ever-growing collection of tutorial-based content, we will be personally reaching out to new developers on social media and other sites referencing these great resources. Our hope is to help people see Let’s Build as a safe and friendly place for them to learn.
We’ve considered long and hard about paying for advertisements, however we would probably blow through all our money in 3 months and there simply is no guarantee it's effectiveness. Plus, this model just does not fit our culture.
We find the content we've gathered so far to be the most effective form of engagement. We are all about community building, and although getting to know people is time consuming, it’s also rewarding in a lot of ways!
Lastly, we want to help developers connect on this platform beyond simply learning. We have had a few people try to use Let’s Build as a place to find help, sometimes this worked, and sometimes it didn’t. Right now we simply don’t have the numbers to help fill this need, however as we continue to add members to the community we feel this need with be easier for us to fill. I would continue to encourage you all to reach out to find help with your projects, but also be patient as we grow and increase our numbers.
Thank you for your patience, understanding and how awesome each and everyone is here. I'd like to end by asking you some questions. Is there anything you would like to know about our direction? Do you have any thoughts on this community and where you want it to go? I would like to know your thoughts.