Szigetnews has been in a state of hibernation as of late, as a lot of you have undoubtedly noticed. First of all, thank you for your concerned comments and also thank you to those of you sending emails asking if we’re alright and whether everything is fine.
To answer it directly, yes, absolutely. Everything is fine. However, time has not been what it was and this has impacted on Sziget News and, subsequently, on this wonderful community.
When I started this project, as a Sziget fan, I would have never imagined that it would turn into this thriving, vibrant community. I just wanted a place that would fill what was at that time a gap in in sources of information about Sziget Festival (it’s up to you to decide if that is still the case). I was also hoping to start a platform where Sziget fans could communicate with each other, mainly about the Sziget line-up, but also about various other related things (and less related ones, why not).
I had no idea it would turn into this and you’re the ones to thank for it. You and the other people that contributed to the website, and especially Istvan, without whom things here would have never been the same.
However, as I mentioned, time has not been as much as it was in the past and, to be honest with you, the costs of holding Sziget News up versus decreasing advertising and other sources of income have also been an issue. We have asked for the support of the community, but response has been pretty much non-existent. We’ve tried options like adding a booking.com search box but, despite the fact that it’s the same as actually getting your accommodation on their website, it didn’t do much.
Nevertheless, we’re considering ideas to keep Szigetnews going in the future and to keep it the great place you know and love.
The options at the moment seem as follows:
Set up something like a Patreon, where you guys can subscribe and keep things as they were until recently. This would involve dedicating more time to it, at the expense of other activities. It would keep everything free, but those that want (and can afford it) could contribute.
Turn the website into an actual forum. The advantages would be that all users would be able to post and comment in an easier fashion and we would be around to keep it working.
Keep it the way it is and promote some of you to a more active role, where you could submit content.
This is where you come in, if you have other ideas.
That’s what I had to say, for the moment. Let us know what you think and let’s make sure we keep things going as well as possible.
P.S.: feel free to share this with friends that have given up on us :))