The Golden Age of Hollywood

I'll not be renewing The Golden Age of Hollywood this year come July. I can no longer justify asking members to help pay for a site that is dead. It's time for me to move along as well. I do appreciate everyone that participated over the years and especially those who donated to keep GAOH alive. 

auf Wiedersehen!

Kevin

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Comment by Stephen Butler on July 17, 2018 at 8:15am

It would be good if Kevin could come back to this thread once more and let us know his final thoughts on the matter, whether his decision to quit is solely financial, or perhaps other reasons may prevent his wanting to continue, and if there is enough of us who can shoulder whatever responsibilities Kevin feels unable to shoulder.

Cheers,

Stephen

Comment by Stephen Butler on July 17, 2018 at 8:14am

Sometimes running a website, a forum, or a blog can feel like a millstone around one's neck, even belonging to one and contributing regularly can; so, if some have left because they feel relief at no longer having the responsibility to contribute, so be it.  You can't do much about that.  But if there are those who feel that, well, the site is going to close - that's a shame, but there's always a Facebook group - who we might be able to attract back with a revamped site and renewed vigour.  I know how difficult it is to devote time and resources to a site, I manage one myself and it ain't easy.  Nevertheless, rather than let this wonderful site die, it must be possible to save it even if it means taking over some of those responsibilities, firstly the financial ones, ourselves.  

I for one would be willing not only to make the contribution which I've already mentioned but also some of the responsibility of shouting from the rooftops that this site is still here on as many FB, Twitter, Instagram, Snap Chat and Reddit posts as possible.  I have to devote more time to it, but it would be worth it in my view.

Cheers,

Stephen

Comment by Michael B. Druxman on July 17, 2018 at 7:16am

With all due respect to Ktrek, I think that part of the problem is that, since it was announced 2-3 months ago that the site was closing down, people who might have visited have abandoned it.  Assuming the site continues, I would think that all of us stragglers would have to mount a campaign on FB and elsewhere that "We're Still Here".  Certainly, as I have in the past, I would be willing to make a $ contribution to keep it going..

Comment by Stephen Butler on July 17, 2018 at 6:33am

I do think this site worth keeping...even though we look back cinematically, there's no reason not to look forward internet-ically...or whatever the appropriate adverb is.  So, few users now, but perhaps with some careful promotion (free, of course) we can bolster the numbers by presenting an interest in Golden Age cinema as a sort of companion piece to opera, classic theatre, contemporary cinema, or any genre or subcategory that might be appropriate at the time.  Facebook posts could be used (if they haven't been already) a la 'Check out our new blog/post/whatever at the Golden Age of Hollywood site!'  Twitter, YouTube even, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest...

These are just a few suggestions that could increase numbers by some degree.  I live in hope. 

Cheers,

Stephen

Comment by Stephen Butler on July 17, 2018 at 4:51am

Hello Kevin:

I write from over here in the UK, where the weather is (for once) good and the interest in Hollywood's Golden Age is growing.  I do appreciate that you have not the finance to keep this site going, but for me in the UK this is a terrible shock.  It is one of the best forums I know of that real people discuss real opinions about real Hollywood movies.  To that end, I would like to donate the UK equivalent of $20 to help this site going, if a) others are able to do the same, and b) if you still have a burning desire to keep the site going, even if you had the money.  

I don't like making these things public, but I think in this case it is necessary to let people know to try and encourage others to donate as well.  Times are hard financially, but reading about Golden Age movies is one of my great 'escapes' in life.  I believe kareng has also written to confirm my donation, and hers too, so maybe there could be others who could help 'save' this site if you, Kevin, would like to.

If so, et me know the best way to do this,

Cheers,

Stephen

Comment by kareng on July 17, 2018 at 4:47am

I've pledged $35. 00 before so happy to do that again, or $40.

Comment by kareng on July 17, 2018 at 4:46am
  • Stephen Butler has advised me he is happy to 

    contribute around the UK equivalent of $20 to save the site, which is great news and a lovely gesture. Thanks Stephen.

Comment by kareng on July 17, 2018 at 4:15am

And sorry Michael, yes I realise now Kevin and I do have similar handles... 

Comment by kareng on July 17, 2018 at 3:03am

Yes, happy to donate.  Thanks Edward.  I'll email some of my friends on the site.  Cheers.

Comment by Edward Gielty on July 16, 2018 at 6:24pm

I'm with Kareng on trying to save this fabulous resource and community. If there were a dozen or so of us that would contribute the $280 needed Kevin, would you think about keeping the Golden Age alive? I realise that  it means a lot of work for you and the team but can anyone who would contribute please confirm here, so at least we can send the love to Kevin and see what happens? Count me in as one of the 12... 

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