Lots of things happening under the hood at Alchemy Moon – if you go to the Website you will notice that it is something of a bleak affair! This is because it is down at the moment while I do an annual rethink.
I thought the faithful Moonies would appreciate knowing what is in my mind during this dark phase of the Moon.
Well, there is a great deal on my mind. Plenty of exciting new projects being launched and plenty being developed too!
But there is also a new philosophy emerging, and I will talk about that first.
I have something of a reputation for chopping and changing, god knows how many forums I have created, burnt down and rebuilt, how many times the website has been taken down and redeveloped, then there are all the blogs, the doomed wiki experiment, and God knows what else. The only thing that seems consistent is my lack of empathy with twitter.
The truth is, I have something of a restless spirit, I am always looking at new ideas; new ways of doing thing. It is the curse of the creative mind. But each ‘great’ new idea leave the burnt wreckage of the old one. Only a few very faithful have the patience to follow me through the debris to the latest spiderweb of ideas.
Someone emailed me recently, the email started with. ‘How the hell do I order from Alchemy Moon? You must be the most difficult company to get in touch with!’ The frustration in the message was genuine and palpable.
So the first thing that I am engaged in is a rationalization of the whole Alchemy Moon Empire. The aim being to produce a simple and stable integrated platform.
The basic idea is that these are the only two places that you will ever need to go to.
The forum is the place to go to get the latest news, to interact and to get additional content.
The website will be a very simple shop-front and the place to go to put in an order.
So my hope is that most of my customers dwell on the forum and then pop over to the shop when they want to order something.
The Forum is also the best way to contact me – sending me a pm there will ensure that it is seen and responded to quickly, as I check it every day.
So, the forum is the hub – it is the place to go to keep up to date, to hang out and get additional stuff.
To emphasise this, the forum will also be incorporated into the shop, so theoretically everything can be done from the one site.
I simply do not have time to keep my eye on other forums, twitter, facebook and all of the other stuff. So I am hoping to get the message out and drive people to the forum to find out what is happening on the Moon.
Hopefully, everyone will find this system stable, simple and intuitive.