I am posting under my real name, because I have sold the Alaska Outdoors Supersite to longtime forum contributor Michael Strahan, and he is now the Webmaster. Let me tell you briefly about the events that led up to the sale, and then what is ahead.
My family and I started the business that gave birth to this website and forum community in 1995. In October 1996, we started this website. The forums started shortly after, and the community has grown and grown from then on. In 1996, I never would have imagined a community of more than 4,400 active members and a website displaying over 50,000,000 pageviews in a year (2008).
As recently as 18 months ago, I expected to continue in this business for the foreseeable future. But that's the trouble with foreseeable futures: they change.
In late 2007, I was asked to work part time at Anchorage City Church. Before that, I had been doing volunteer ministry. I agreed, but said I wanted to continue to work part time in our business.
By early 2008, it was becoming obvious that I had too many jobs. It was also becoming obvious which work was attracting the largest part of my passion....and it wasn't this website. Late in 2008, I was asked to begin working full time at the church. By that time, I could easily see that I was not doing a good job with this website and the Alaska Outdoors Forums community.
Secondarily, my arms hurt. As a result of almost 15 years of substantial computer usage, I need to back off for health's sake.
But the main issue is that I am a committed Christ follower, and there is before me an opportunity to serve God and man like never before. I have "thrown my heart over the fence," and I am going for it with all I have.
I am particularly pleased to be able to transfer this business to Mike. He and I have long been friends and allies. Mike has great vision for an even better website and forum community. I know that he already has good plans in store for the forums.
Last, I need to tell you that it has been really, really good getting to know many of you through these forums. I have laughed, gnashed my teeth, learned about the Alaska Outdoors, turned red, learned lessons about human behavior, read with amazement and pleasure....and just had fun in my role as part of this community. There are many salt-of-the-earth Alaskans that regularly participate here, and this is our great good fortune. To those of you who have contributed so much: thank you. It has been you that has made this Outdoors Community one of the best on the web.
Mike has asked me to continue to advise and continue to participate as a moderator. You'll see me from time to time posting with this username.
May the Lord Jesus bless you far beyond any expectation you have.....David