We interrupt our regular programming for a brief announcement from the owner of PluginID.com, Adam O’Connor.
PluginID is in the process of going through an ambitious transformation. The website was started a few years ago by Glen Alsopp, the well-known owner of viperchill.com. Â The success heâ€™s gained since leaving the site far outweighs anything weâ€™ve accomplished with PluginID, and yet our little site continues to chug along, refusing to give-up, despite its lack of attention. We have Glenâ€™s early work to thank for this, but today things are far from perfect and I take full responsibility for that.
During the past year the number of PluginIDâ€™s subscribers has remained flat, even fallen a little. The year before that it was increasing rapidly. Our blog comments are down to a handful from the usual 30+ per post as they once were.Â Once a thriving, massively successful Personal Development blog, PluginId now hangs by a thread. Â On top of that, our income has diminished to a mere fraction of what it was, leaving us with no choice but to make some drastic changes.
Itâ€™s one of those situations where we can either choose to adapt and survive or we can kiss the long-term success of our blog goodbye.
PluginID Needs a Facelift.
We arenâ€™t telling you about all of this to make you feel bad, in fact weâ€™re telling you from a place of optimism. We know that we can and will breathe life back in to this community, and weâ€™re committed to bringing back the magic that once made this site so special. Back in 2008 when this blog was first created, Glen proved that PluginID could provide a tremendous amount of value, and now itâ€™s our turn to prove that it still has value to give.
In one of Glenâ€™s Viperchill posts he discusses why he was able to make PluginID such a huge success. â€œI knew that if I shared failures, people would relate to them. I knew that if I shared successes, people would congratulate me and know they can achieve the same. I knew that if I put enough work into making my content help people, then the people I help will give back by talking about me and sharing my work. I also knew that if I put on any sort of front, people would be put-off immediately.â€
Reading Glen’s words reinforces our decision to be transparent about everythingÂ going on here at PluginID. We’re here to grow together as a community, and we can only achieve that by being open and honest.
What’s Next at PluginID?
-Â Â Â Â Â Â New QualityÂ Content.
-Â Â Â Â Â Design Makeover.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â New Tools to Help You Plug Into Your Personal and Online Identity.
Each week we will be sharing a straightforward, no BS report of all the progress PluginID will be undergoing. If we see increases in traffic or revenue, weâ€™ll make sure to report exactly how it happened. Weâ€™ll also let you know precisely what has worked for us and what hasnâ€™t worked.
We canâ€™t do this on our own, and welcome your ideas, suggestions and feedback in the comments below. Weâ€™d love to hear your thoughts!
What should we change, and what should remain the same?