This past year has had it’s share of challenges. After all, last August we found ourselves nearing the end of Xanga 1.0 and starting Xanga 2.0.
Autisable was effectively put on hiatus while Xanga was switching servers and migrating data – which from last report they are still in the process of doing – along with making sure people’s accounts are back online.
So, while we all are ‘waiting’ – I can’t stay still….
It’s one of the by products of my personality… I have to do something to keep busy or I’ll just go a bit on the crazy side…
(I think many of us are that way… don’t you?)
So the plan of action was set in motion for Autisable – whether or not the site is ‘online’ at the current time.
The goal? To get the infrastructure built for a promotional campaign that would not only give back to the Autism community, but also be a way for companies to support the effort through advertising… keeping Autisable self-sustaining and ‘free’ to it’s users.
Now, I’d like to first share that when Autisable relaunches – it will NOT be what it once was.
It will be powered by wordpress technology, and essentially be the main page along with the articles that we’ve been highlighting for the past 5+ years.
About the only usernames that will remain on the site are those we were able to highlight from syndicated bloggers.
Sad to say, data has been lost during this transition – but we are salvaging what we can during this time.
At this phase we are almost half way through matching articles with authors. Once this phase is completed we will be working on getting the website look and feel as close as possible to what it once was.
The functionality will be very limited – but as we address some business between Xanga and Autisable – I will be talking with some local website developers to help bring Autisable up to speed.
After Autisable’s relaunch, the site will be legally transferred to a company that will be created – and the Xanga.com’s role will be more along the lines of server maintenance and not website development or management.
For those that don’t know, LaNeshe and Eugenia and Myself have been the primary folks in working on Autisable in getting it through this first phase. However, Eugenia (of The Xanga Team) has primarily been working on Xanga – and not able to fully focus on Autisable. LaNeshe is expecting (YEAH!) and with that has her own things to plan for… like a little one on the way.
Although we are attempting to sort through things as quickly as possible – life has thrown a few curve balls here and there.
For me, I am unemployed and have to set time aside to search for jobs each week – along with taking care of my son. On top of that addressing the issue of my Mom passing on Mother’s Day this year – and all that entails.
But… we still press on.
Now that we’re in the last half of getting Autisable back online – at least we can see what is going on… and what will be needed.
With the sites relaunch, we’re also developing a web series (for The Autism Channel), and working with Michael Copon Studios in Chesapeake, VA. This includes collaborating with several non-profits and artists, to bring about information from artists that support autism awareness, to non-profits that help the autism community.
Very exciting stuff.
Ok, back to the grind I go.
Have a great weekend.