Sent to Bathcamp mailing list, 19/07/10
As you probably know, Ning – where we have previously held all Bathcamp event dates and so on – have decided to turn off their free account option from tomorrow, 20th July 2010.
I did briefly consider paying for Ning, but decided against it as a cost too far (=I’m a tight arse..). I also played around with the idea of a Buddy Press install to try and mirror some of the social functionality that Ning provided.
In the end though, I’m using this change as a reason to simplify as much as possible. You could probably do without another social network: I figure what everyone actually wants to know is what we’ve got coming up and…well, that’s it really.
With this in mind, the “new” Bathcamp is just a re-working and simplification of what went before: an event calendar, a blog, a mailing list. You can find it at http://bathcamp.org.gridhosted.co.uk. I’ve brought in the old blog, gone nuts copying and pasting in all the evening events, and have taken the huge liberty of importing all your email addresses into the new mailing list. You, of course, can leave anytime by clicking the unsubscribe link.
Please ditch any bookmarks you may have pointing to blog.bathcamp.org or bathcamp.ning.com – these won’t work any more.
It goes without saying that I need feedback. Please spend some time on the new site, poke things, break things, and let me know in the comments or via the contact form when stuff doesn’t do what you think it should.