I have to admit to still being in a bit of shock.
After ten years of concentrating primarily on our pub review website fancyapint.com, my founding partner and I have left. We knew there was a possibility of this happening after three years – we had good contracts that got us through the worst of the recession and paid us very well. But I guess we always thought that wouldn’t happen to us.
Well, it did.
We built the site from the ground up in the mid-nineties, scrounging server space where we could when it was still ridiculously expensive, making detailed notes of all our favourite pubs along the way. Fancyapint Ltd was incorporated in 1999, and we had a business. It didn’t do a lot for the first few years, being one of those hobby sites that sprung into being at that time, while we worked for the man (BT – oh, British Telecommunications plc, for those across the pond – the phone company) and did the site in our spare time.
Voluntary redundancy beckoned in 2002, so we decided to put our money where our mouth was and thought we could pay the bills with web consultancy while we developed the site. And it did okay.
Hey we were geeks, not businessmen
So it trundled along, developed a loyal following – and I mean loyal – and there was never quite enough consultancy work or enough revenue from the site.
In 2008 we were approached with a buy offer and we didn’t think too long about it. We said yes and the rest is the proverbial.
I’m not going into the ins and outs of our time under the new man – buy me a beer sometime and I might tell you what happened, but not here. Lets just say it’s not been that much fun.
So what do I do now?
Well, I can do anything.
Maybe it’s the kick in the pants my writing needs. Or I could do web consultancy again (like I ever stopped). Then there’s the small publisher schtick, ebooks are all the rage…
I don’t know exactly what I’m doing next, but there’s lots of options. And I don’t think it’s going to be boring!