Happy New Year, everyone.
I hope 2014 brings joy and prosperity to you all.
I think this is an appropriate time to talk a little about what’s going on and how things are going here at PaleoPlanet.
We have plenty of enthusiastic posters among our members, though these days those who read possibly outnumber those who post a bit more than in the past. New content is member provided, and we still often see new members stepping up and learning to post photos and sharing their projects. This vitality is contagious and drives the enthusiasm of other members. One recent example that shows this is our new “Special Projects- Project of the Month” forum, where members are invited to share any project they are struggling to complete and get comments and encouragement from other members.
Participation tends to wax and wane, and I’m confident PaleoPlanet will see many more such cycles in its future.
In my opinion, the site is running smoothly, mainly due to the volunteer efforts of a dedicated team of administrators. My thanks to our admin team! Nobody has as much time as they’d like to devote to the task of keeping PP running, but with new admins and renewed efforts my existing admins, we are as strong as we’ve ever been, with the exception of missing our founder, Tom Mills.
Tom has been the driving force behind PaleoPlanet since its inception. His enthusiasm and amazing set of primitive skills and talents, along with is incredible kindness, generosity, and leadership have been the anchor and foundation that have allowed PP to grow to where it is today.
Few people can keep such an intense passion going non-stop for so many years, and though it saddens us, it’s not hard to understand that Tom is ready to take a break! Those of you who personally know Tom and those (many) who’ve benefited from his educational and inspirational posts and example will join with me in wishing Tom well in his current passions (which he pursues with characteristic vigor and skill), and hoping to see him here again more in the future. Tom has agreed to remain a part of our admin team and check in to help us out from time to time in the future, but for now his time and energies are focused elsewhere.
So, Tom has charged me with the responsibility of running PaleoPlanet. I take this responsibility very seriously, and it is my hope that I can follow the example Tom set, and follow the path he laid out for the future of PP. The admin team and I are dedicated to keeping Tom’s vision alive, and making PaleoPlanet a place where people from all over the world can come together in peace and learn and talk about primitive skills.