Future of the site

July 26, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Many thanks to all of you who regularly visit 80’s Rail and for all the kind comments posted in the guest book and mailed directly to me. Over the past months, I have stopped work on the site to commit the time to the daytime job and prioritise other projects.

Taking stock and looking towards the future, I am in two minds in how I should progress with the site. As with all things at the moment, it’s going to boil down to costs and effort versus returns. The hours spent over the past four years scanning, photo editing and uploading (and the demise of Fotopic didn’t help) and the cost of site hosting has been extremely high. Unfortunately, recovered costs from download sales have been, quite bluntly, pitiful.

So I have to sadly say that, if things carry on the way they have been, then I will have to consider changing the site to ‘pay to view’ or disband the site totally. I’m sorry if this upsets anyone, but expressing your opinion with your wallets may help to make me think differently! I will see how things go and make my decision at Christmas.

On a different note, the computer build all went to plan and the SSD works great. As I’m an oldie, I can’t detect any real major difference in speed, but then I’m not playing shooty-up games. The old computer has also been rebuilt to be used as a general internet machine – I don’t trust a lot of sites with the apps and cookies they install on you. I think this may have been one of the reasons for the last OS failure.

Enjoy the rain whilst we have it – at least you’re getting your car washed for free!


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