2015 - DnE Year In Review.
On New Years 2014 into 2015, I wrote this post outlining our accomplishments of 2014 and laying out some preliminary plans for 2015. Well, here we are in 2016. This year was somewhat strange. We paradoxically experienced quite a bit of growth while simultaneously neglecting a good deal of our original goals we outlined. No doubt some significant portion of this can be attributed to the several articles V.R. has written and allowed us to publish.
This has not only aided us in terms of SEO and other similar metrics, but it has gotten us some new members. SEO and friends are nice, but we don’t advertise and thus SEO isn’t a huge concern. New high quality members, on the other hand, tend to be much better for us. Personally I’ve had a lot of fun reading and (trying to) edit these things, as well as monitoring subsequent discussions. It has also given us time to work on other projects without having to worry too much about growing membership or things of this nature.
Besides publishing these articles, we also launched and began renovating our stolen copy of Steal This Wiki. This has garnered some minimal attention and gained us a few members. We’re planning to do much more with STW in the future, as well. We spent a good deal of time this year making slight improvements and preparing it for a larger audience, although it still has a ways to go. We were lucky enough to have a new member join who was heavily involved in the original STW, and he has been active both in planning and improving the platform.
Less publicly, we have also been working on a few other MbN projects and tweaking some things internally. Some of our smaller accomplishments include future funding plans, subdividing MbN into “DnE Labs” and “DnE Productions” which is a preliminary move towards larger goals, as well as several significant contributions to MbN from individual members working on their own personal projects. These include several programming projects for educational purposes, an album (soon to be two albums), and we worked out plans for some larger community projects.
Looking forward, I’m hoping we can achieve some pretty ambitious goals over the next two years or so. This year was stressful and full for most of our members outside of DnE, which has limited our ability to invest a lot of energy and resources into the site. That being said, incremental improvements have still been made. I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect anyone to work excessively on DnE, but nonetheless we are taking on several ambitious projects which will, time and opportunity permitting, come to fruition.
Some of the things we’re planing include:
- Significant contributions towards dneBB
- Several technical changes internally and to the site.
- Re-Launching our email host on a new server.
- Much more focus on STW
- Improve DnE Productions publishing ability and technical capacity for DnE Labs.
And of course, much more. Here’s to a good 2016, happy new years, etc.