Not everyone may be aware of this (you’d have to follow Bookworm), but I’ve been dealing with Lyme Disease for the last two months. There’s quite a story that comes with it, but for now, suffice it to say that I’ve been exhausted and struggling to keep up with ProCourse, let alone the Guild.
And lately, my symptoms with Lyme have a couple of my doctors concerned about chronic stress and depression. Both of which are nothing to joke about. So I’m doing my best to follow their advice and off-load as much as I can. That’s a painful process for me, but at the same time, it means I’m spending more time with friends and family than building systems and relationships on screens. So there is a silver lining.
One of the steps I took to determine what I should do involved a whiteboard and three hours of honest conversation with myself. I had to list out all the websites and ventures to which I have committed and decide what should stay and what should go. I also realized in the process that as I remove engagements I need to remove them one-at-a-time and re-evaluate how I’m feeling as I go.
Unfortunately, I realized that the Guild was close to the top of my list of things to let go, which is painful for me to write. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the brainstorming and ideas that this community has given me. You folks are awesome.
At the same time, I don’t want to the Guild to disappear entirely. I truly believe this community can thrive after I’ve gone. But what it really needs is someone to take over who understands productivity and can see how to help this group of people help each other.
I thought about reaching out to a number of friends who already run existing websites in the space, but when I considered their businesses and how the Guild would fit in, I realized that was a bad move. Instead, what it needs is someone who is right on the brink of building an online business who can use the Guild as a way to jumpstart their online presence. But they also need to have an understanding of how this space works. It’s too easy to take over a site and immediately throw ads on it to monetize it and start pulling away from the site as opposed to contributing to it.
That’s when it dawned on me that we have someone right in the midst of the Guild who would be perfect for this. Someone who has already been contributing, loves the Guild, and is now branching out on his own. Of course, I’m referring to my dear friend, @justindirose.
I sent Justin a message last week about what I’ve been dealing with and my decision to let the Guild go. And after careful consideration, he agreed to take over ownership and leadership of the Guild. He’s shared some of his ideas for the future of the Guild with me and I have to admit that I’m a little jealous. I wish I had the time and energy for the Guild that he shows. I’m thrilled to be able to hand off this site to someone so perfectly suited for it.
All of that said, there are some logistical things that need to change. I’ve removed the commenting category for my blog and archive the Whims discussions. The comments will now live at discourse.joebuhlig.com.
The existing Working With OmniFocus and Working With Ideas will remain on the Guild.
Current Pro memberships will continue operating as they are for the time being, but members will eventually need to sign up again on an updated membership system yet to be built.
My active involvement (not that it has been great lately) on the Guild will need to drop off for a while. It’s very likely that I’ll still participate in conversations in the future, but for now, I have to step away.
My hope is that you’ll welcome Justin wholeheartedly and show him the same love as you have me. And again, thank you for being such a wonderful community.