The Golden Age of Hollywood

Greetings everyone (whoever is left). I just wanted everyone to know that I am considering not having a fundraiser this year and closing the site down. We've had a good run, but there just is so little activity anymore I have to ask myself "why keep going?". With as few members that participate, it hardly seems worth the trouble. I know a lot have migrated to Facebook pages and that's fine. I always hoped that what we have at GAOH would continue to grow and become its own beast. I'm tired of running it and members are either tired of coming by or have forgotten about us. In any case, I need to hear from you as your thoughts about continuing and whether it's even possible to raise the $275.00 needed to keep going another year. Just post a response here we'll see how it goes. If there is little response I will be notifying Ning that I will not be renewing. I only have a week or so to decide whether to start the fund drive because the bill is due July 20th and I need time to raise the funds.

Kevin

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Comment by Midge on June 30, 2017 at 7:32pm

This is sad news but not entirely unexpected considering that social media like Facebook and Twitter have devoured online forums like this one. I used to be a regular at the original site but found the new one confusing to navigate, so I've also been MIA for the last several years.

Thank you to Ktrek and classicmovieman for all you have done over the years to keep this community going. I have fond memories of my time here. I salute you and wish you all the best.

Comment by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry on June 29, 2017 at 8:42pm

I can only echo the thoughts of so many others -- it would be a shame to see the site go, and I'll do my best to participate more if it goes another year. I'll also contribute to the fee if you decide to keep it going. Either way, thanks for all you've done.

Comment by Kenneth Lawson on June 29, 2017 at 3:19pm

Unfortunately, I too, have been Missing In Action for quite some time.

I do understand why you might want to consider shutting it down. 

I too have started many projects that fell into the digital dust over time.

  I commend you for keeping it going this long. and for all the work you've done on it over the years.  

I hope that you can see your way clear to keep it going at least for another year or so.  Hopefully, we can bring in more folks, and the ones that are still here will be able to interact more on a regular basis.

  It is unfortunate, but this community, like so many others like it has become a casualty of Facebook.  

As much as I hate it, I spend far too much time on Facebook, and Twitter, to a lesser degree.  

I still love and care for classic movie and  TV, and enjoy them whenever possible. However, as life has gotten busier, the options to spend one's times have increased each day. I've lost count of how many groups and communities I've joined and never came back to for one reason or another.  

If you decide to keep It going I will make an effort to show up more and do more.

 If you decide to shut it down, I do understand and thank you for your good work and the time and efforts you invested in the last several years.

Comment by Barbara Lyles on June 29, 2017 at 1:43pm

Sorry to hear you sound so downhearted.  I enjoy the site; as a matter of fact, I opened it and began to watch the movie offered right away.  I think the main problem may be that there are so many ways to get information, movies, etc and there's so little time.  The main reason I clicked on the movie is because I was just thinking I don't have or take the time to enjoy things like this.  I wish you wouldn't quit, but understand if it's become too much trouble for you.  Maybe someone could take over if you quit.  Good luck.

Comment by Anthony Beyle on June 29, 2017 at 12:23pm

I would also like to contribute if I can, without a question start visiting and interacting more often again. This is like a sanctuary in crazy world and I can only say thank you for your dedication over the years. Let's make this work!

Comment by Rosie Sayer on June 29, 2017 at 10:18am

Kevin, I've always felt strongly about GAOH and don't want to see it disappear. I'm busy, too, like everyone, but please let me know what I or others can do to take some or all of the burden off you. I would be willing to contribute to the cost.

I come on here regularly to post what I'm watching and see what's going on. I just posted in the Game I Play, and I noticed you picked another good Movie of the Week. I have that on DVD, so I will rewatch it.

It's a wonderful site. I understand your frustration at the lack of activity, but I will never give up on GAOH.

Comment by kareng on June 29, 2017 at 9:24am

I agree let's try to keep this thing going.  I too have been not as active in recent times.  Work commitments, schooling, sports, home improvement project, that is still ongoing has left less time for the fun things, including GAOH, etc. 

I agree that its a treasure trove of classic movie information, and still just love to come on by and play The Game, and catch up with friends here.  The information in The Game alone is priceless.  Could make a book out of that one I think.  

Although there are Facebook sites for classic movie fans, and quite a few at that, none is as engaging and informative as GAOH. I appreciate so much your efforts with the site, Kevin.  

I would be most happy to contribute (up to $50 if necessary) to keep GAOH going.  

Comment by Richard Peterie on June 29, 2017 at 9:18am

Kevin, I know this site is a labor of love for you and we DO appreciate it, don't give it up. Figure how much each member would need to contribute to keep it going and send out an e-mail. I'm sure if everyone chipped in it wouldn't amount to that much. Maybe even set up a members fee for the year from now on of 5 or 10 bucks.

Thanks again

Comment by Roger Zotti on June 29, 2017 at 7:45am

I'm guilty of not participating as much as I should...You have to do what's best for you, Kevin...But I hope the site will stay open...

Comment by Stephen Glick on June 29, 2017 at 7:01am
I came across your blog by accident and I signed up immediately. I would be willing to contribute to keeping the site. As a suggestion, perhaps you could send out an email bi-weekly or monthly as a reminder or to increase traffic. Let's try to keep this thing going.

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