2016: A Welcome and a goodbye!
|Author: Administrator||Date: 02.01.16||Language:|
Welcome 2016 and A Goodbye!
We hope you had some pleasant and restful days and a good start into 2016.
Unfortunately for us 2016 doesn't start with good news: Starting january Stephanie will no longer be the primary news editor at The Patches Scrolls.
She started taking over around 2008, when the burden of working full-time in my regular job plus additional 4-8 hours a day to collect all the patches, keep in touch with PR agencies and doing some of the sysadmin work for the site simply became too much for me and I had to slow down. First it was just a patch here or there but over time she not only took the brunt of the brunt of the day-to-day patch workload (just checking our inventory of 5,000+ websites for new patches took 2 hours or more a day), but got involved in the sites redesign, did most of the testing when we relaunched the site around 2013 , kept in touch with our ad agencies and overall let me finally enjoy other hobbies beside the website.
Unfortunately during 2015 our ad income has dropped so low that it no longer became feasible to warrant paying the webserver fees , paying a contractor to work on redesign and adding new features and, and, and...
Partly the heavy use of Adblockers is to blame for that as some 50% of our visitors block all ads . Partly of course it's the technological progress:
Most games get their patches via Steam and Steam only, with third-party sites like ours cut off from access to these patches
Also AAA titles these days come with patches which easily surpass several Gigabytes, which are simply too large for us
What does this mean for The Patches Scrolls in 2016? Honestly, I do not know yet. Of course it'll mean patch news will arrive slower and we'll focus on less titles.
Also new features or fixes to existing ones will probably less seldom. I do no longer can afford to pay hundreds of euros a month out of my own income just so the site gets more features when our ad revenue doesn't pick up either or drops even further.
Further than that, I cannot say. Of course we'll offer new Vampire: the Masquerade - Bloodlines patches by Wesp5 as long as there is interest and of course we'll offer new patches to Euro Truck Simulator 2 as long as SCS is making them. And of course we'll offer all those 20,000+ patches from our archives and will try to add new downloads as well
And if more of you are adding us to your Adblocker whitelist, we might be able to do even more.
And if anyone is willing to help with the site, be it patch supplier, comment spam remover or otherweise involved, drop me a line.