To the Beesource membership and beekeeping community at large –
Twenty years ago in 1997, I put together a little beekeeping website, and I mean little, that established my presence on the web. Never imagined 20 years later I would be hosting/managing the largest beekeeping forum. 20 years of my life have been focused on facilitating and growing the Beesource community. What started out as a little “hobby” beekeeping forum that sprang out of my interest in providing a place for all ranges of beekeeping experience to be shared and discussed, has grown beyond anything I ever imagined.
Today, it is with both sadness and excitement, that I announce the change in ownership of Beesource. Beginning today, Beesource is being hosted and cared for by the competent and experienced folks at VerticalScope. Around the first of the year, David, from VerticalScope contacted me with an interest in acquiring Beesource. VerticalScope is a company that specializes in online communities. They have the manpower and in-house expertise to manage Beesource, which requires far more from me now than I ever signed up for. After giving this a lot of thought, I decided that this was the right time and would pass on the Beesource baton.
Their intention is not to take over and change the way the forum functions. We all know how beekeepers hate change! The goal is to keep everything “business as usual.” There is a dedicated team from VS that will be managing the site and will introduce themselves in time. I plan to remain involved to some capacity during this transition time and then settle back into just being a participating member. Something I haven’t had the time to do for many years. I plan to enjoy immensely not having to worry about all the technical stuff required to keep the site running. There has never been a time where I could just coast with the site to get a break.
I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know a lot of beekeepers over these 20 years from all over the world with a vast range of experience. Some whom I’ve met face to face, others just through email. I’ve learned a lot about beekeeping from this community as well. The willingness of seasoned beekeepers to help those just starting out is always a pleasure to see. There will always be a certain amount of friction between people when discussing a topic they are passionate about, but in the end, everyone wants to be able to voice their thoughts and have civil discourse, which I think happens quite well here. I have always strived for this forum to be a balance of civility and minimal moderation.
I want to thank all of those who have given of their time over these 20 years to help with moderating, managing content, give suggestions, help with server issues, offer their beekeeping wisdom and experience, and set down roots to make Beesource their place of involvement. It also wouldn’t have been possible without the financial support from all the vendors. Thank you for your trust over the years. It’s because of all of you that we’re over 30,000 members. I look forward to seeing Beesource grow even bigger, beyond the limitations I’ve had. It’s been an honor doing this with you all! I’m grateful that so many people were helped by the contributions of all of you.
My Deepest Regards, Barry