Married,moved,and getting it together.

what shall we do with and the mailing list?

greetings all fellow websandiegans.

in 1999, i started this mailing list, and soon after the website at

since moving away 2 years ago, i have not been much of a steward of this list, and frankly have lost interest. i love and cherish this place, but i have moved on. i have appreciated so much those of you who have formally and informally made this list better. by moderating posts, by organizing events, by promoting the list, by just making the conversations great. not too much flaming, good talk, a good mailing list now, a great one in the past.

so what to do? what is the proper way to transition it out of my hands, and into someone else’s? how can i do this while respecting the history of the list, and not incurring any costs on my own part. and i’m not even sure what all the issues are to think about.

recently (read: yesterday) i sold the domain, that was a wake-up call for me, that these sites i have been facilitating might be worth something to someone. and frankly, right now i need money more than i need websites that i can’t adequately devote time to.

i still have strong roots in san diego (still family and many friends there) but my interest and knowledge of what’s happening there has waned considerably.

so, i guess what i’m asking is — how do i move it, what’s it worth (should i put the whole thing up on ebay?), what conditions would you, the members put on a transition, and how do i do it in such a way that it does not get killed in the process?

and here’s a toughie, just by bringing this up have i shaken some measure of confidence you have in this community.

i’m open to all interested parties thoughts on this. public or not. email or phone or smoke signal.

joe crawford

simi valley, california, usa

three comments so far...

What impact will the sale have on You just did a lot of work restoring it. Do you know the intent the new domain owner will have?

the new owner is going to carry on with the site as it is. he bought the listing and all the code as well, not just the domain, so san diego bloggers i believe will carry on as it was.

Please email “blogs [at]” if you have any suggestions or concerns with how either of the sites are updated and run carrying forward. I would be greatly appreciative of any suggestions, etc.

My hope is to build upon Joe’s foundation, and to upgrade things to a more automated environment ensuring that the inevitable busyness of the daily grind doesn’t leave the site(s) stale or unvaluable to visitors/users.

WebSanDiego will live on as a promoter of its listserv so that it remains a central place of opportunity and networking for San Diego’s technical community. I will focus on expanding the features of so that it can also act as a searchable/browsable directory of members’ businesses/offerings so that we all may be able to benefit from one another’s capabilities. As I’m sure most have experienced, that when economically feasible, keeping stuff local is generally a much smoother way of getting things done.

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