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August Newsletter: The Blip Question

[Note: I tried to just post this as link, but it lost all the paragraph breaks which made it a pain to read - Arkle]

We are back from VidCon and ConBravo and boy do we have some website news!

And now a message from Lindsay:

“I’ve been getting a lot of questions around this issue, so I figure it warrants some response as many of us don’t have much in the way of a cohesive library outside of Blip. And as you may have noticed, Chez itself is made from a template built by and for Blip. This is a large reason why the site is so slow to load. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

So while we have been prepping for disaster before this moment, we now have a deadline. We’ve been scrambling to redesign the entire site, all of its thousands of pages (all while trying to keep the comment system in tact) before the Blipocalypse. In a way this is a terrible thing because it’s been stealing our time and energy away from actual content creation. On the other hand it’s a good thing, as before we couldn’t invite new video makers onto the site that weren’t a part of Blip due to that Blip-created template. That may change now and give us an opportunity to grow.

Q: Do you have a plan?

A: Sort of. We hope so. Half the site will have their library on YouTube, and others will… kind of stay put.

Q: But Blip is go-

A: Yes Blip is adios, but the Blip PLAYER (i.e. the reason Maker bought Blip in the first place) is still alive and well. It’s been a bit of a shuffle deciding who will go where, but the simple answer is that about half of us will be on the Maker player, and the other half will use alternate platforms like YouTube.

Q: That sounds like it’ll be a clusterfuck.

A: Yep, it sure will be. We have a foggy deadline on Maker’s end, but in Maker time it could be months before our Blip libraries get migrated to the Maker player. The site will be going through some pretty ugly growing pains in the coming weeks. We ask that you bear with us.

So that’s where we’re at. Feel free to behold the madness with apprehensive concern. The site will re-emerge one day more or less whole, but that might be a while. All depends on our malbenevolent overlords at Disney, and as I’m sure you know, we are planktons in an ocean where Disney is concerned.”

All hail the Mouse,

Nella