I posted this a few weeks ago and was talked round by several people however recent changes in my full time job now prevent me from being able to simply reply to Twitter comments or Emails during the day which makes running a site that depends on visitors and working with PR teams for various Tech Companies almost impossible.
When I created Land of Droid I was creating a site to share Android news that I personally found interesting and to share my own views on certain aspects of the Android world.
In the last 7 month Land of Droid has grown far bigger than I could ever have imagined it would have. From a site that started out with just 162 unique visitors in our first month and hits of around 16,722 to a site that in December had 39,484 unique viewers and 1,907,998 hits can only be described as fantastic.
Of course, I can’t take all the credit for getting it to where it is in just 7 month as I have behind me a team of great editors who strive to ensure readers get exactly what they are looking for when they visit Land of Droid.
This leads me to my next point…
Land of Droid has a team of 12 people just now, some part time and some who could pretty much be considered full time with the amount they post however none of the roles performed by any of this team are paid. The Land of Droid Team produce content and give opinions on all things Android as they are passionate about the subject and about letting others share in that passion.
The team we have all have full time regular jobs or are still in full time education and yet they still fit Land of Droid in around those. More recently we have all found ourselves struggling to find the time that the site now demands due to popularity. I as the site owner can hardly ask others who volunteer their time to put in the work I am currently unable to and this leaves us with a dilemma as the site still requires that same level of content output it did just 3 month ago when we were starting to rise in popularity.
With all that being said, I have the hard decision now of deciding what comes next for Land of Droid.
Do we continue down the route of providing you, the readers, a sub-standard website in terms of the amount of content we are able to deliver to you? No
Do I “make” more time and ask my team to do the same knowing that they for the moment get nothing but self satisfaction in return? No
Do I consider a site merger with another site or for that matter move to another site myself as an editor and let Land of Droid slide? No
The Android blogging world is a saturated market and becoming a name in that market is no easy task to achieve however I feel that Land of Droid are currently about 30% of the way there in becoming a name that people know when you mention Android News, Android Reviews or for that matter anything else Android related.
After considering all of the above I have decided that it is best for the site, my team and for you the readers that Land of Droid in my hands starts to wind down it’s blinds and call it a day.
This decision had not been easy to make, I have worked very hard to get the site to where it is today along with an amazing team however when we are unable to provide the content that you are all looking for then decisions like this need to be made.
I have had an absolute ball of a time over the past 7 month, I have done a lot of work with a lot of very intelligent people who know the market inside out and I shall miss the interaction from you our readers.
Land of Droid will now be put up for sale and I hope that whoever decides (if anyone) to take Land of Droid on, that they take it to the next level – a level that sadly I cannot take it to.
Interested parties should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to you all for allowing me and my team to be part of your community!
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