To quote some Marillion lyrics from their song 'White Russian'.
Where do we go from here, where do we go from here
The more I see, the more I hear, the more I find fewer answers
I close my mind, I shout it out but you know it's getting harder
To calm down, to reason out, to come to terms with what it's all about
I'm uptight, can't sleep at night, I can't pretend everything's all right
My ideals, my sanity, they seem to be deserting me
But to stand up and fight I know we have six million reasons
It's not quite as bad as all of that, but since Ric, Shaun, and I sat down after BETT we knew one thing. This year is the one where EduGeek goes through the roof. We've seen evidence of this with not only our Google stats, the Alexa ranking amd our rapidly increasing members list. The problem is now where to take it. I have always listened to what other peoples opinions are in such matters as, I an fond of saying 'When you've trod in dog poo you sometimes need to have someone else point it out to you!'.
We are at a crossroads now, and it's taking a great deal of thought to ensure we get things right. Here are a few things that I'm currently pondering:
1. More and more EdUgeek members are from outside of education and are based in teh private sector. I've no probelem at all with this as our technical forums are possible some oth ebes there are on the net, especially for providing solutions to higher end non-home based technical problems. SO do we create a seperate 'BusinessGeek' site and share the same technical databases, after all, problems are problems! Then create seperate forums to deal with particular issues faced by businesses? The same could go for the NHS. A MedicalGeek site perhaps? These members are already posting on the forums and their problems are the same as ours, but they have special issues that need their own spaces to discuss.
2. Funding is now getting an issue. We currently make plenty enough to run the site day to day, but we need to ensure our ethos of providing free conferences, offsetting your costs etc still continues, as as we get bigger so do the costs.BETT set us back about 10k and with daiky runnign costs of around £300 to feed, transport and meet other costs for the volunteers on the stand and provide free pizza
We still need to raise funds and there is no way that we are going to follow the 'get rich quick' schemes that land in my inbox on an almost daily basis, so we have to explore other avenues.
I am looking at running EduGeek full time by later this year, but more on this at a later date I think
Anyway, if you have any thoughts of what we should be doing that we are not, or what we are doing that you dissaprove of than please let me know. We have a lot to do this year and we have to ensure we get it right first time.