It was just over 1 year ago that we brought this site to life …
… and it is just over 2 years since I came to The Wine Society on a 6-week contract to work on some launch plans for a members’ community.
What a fun time it has been.
However, I am shortly going to be changing my role here in the community and I shall be losing the coveted ‘Society Staff’ tag and the Admin role.
I’m not leaving the community and I remain a member, but I am no longer going to be working for The Society and therefore I will be taking a step away from the day to day running of the site.
I am VERY excited that @Laura has been appointed the full-time Community & Social Media Manager for The Wine Society and that she will be continuing to do an excellent job of keeping this place running smoothly. As you know, this is not something I’ve been doing alone and we’ve been a great team (along with @ewan and @martin_brown) so I’m sure you’ll hardly notice my absence.
I will leave Laura to tell you more about her ideas and plans in a separate topic, but I wanted to express my deep felt personal thank you to ALL of you for making my dream come alive. I have been involved in community-building in one way or another for my whole career (that’s over two decades) but this is one of the first times I’ve done it on purpose, from scratch and with the support of a business that understood what we were trying to achieve and invested in it accordingly. The Wine Society is full of wonderful, loving and genuinely nice people – of course I’m referring to staff as well as members in general. It has been a privilege to work with the team here.
There are too many individual members to mention here, to whom I will be forever indebted for getting involved in the community and turning into one of the most exciting places on the web – plus that might be embarrassing for everyone. I am hoping I get to meet most of you in person in the near future so I can thank you personally. Hugs may be offered!
My plan is to stay actively involved in the community, but as a moderator instead of administrator, and so I can still make suggestions and help this place to flourish … and I can keep my wishlist topped-up and the orders flowing.
As I say, I’m not going anywhere, so no tears (ha!) and no talking about me behind my back!
Cheers to everyone!