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Thread #116135   Message #2491379
Posted By: Max
11-Nov-08 - 10:20 PM
Thread Name: From Max: Mudcat Update
Subject: From Max: Mudcat Update
The Forum SuperSearch is now up to date as of 7pm EST today, 11/11/2008. I haven't figured out how to get it to update regularly by itself yet, but it's a start.

Also, please don't forget to do your holiday shopping through http://amazon.mudcat.org. All the same products at all the same prices but the mudcat gets a cut. Every year, our revenue from this source in Dec & Jan is a significant sum for our yearly budget. Thanks a million.

I am self employed again, so that means I can spend more time working on the mudcat(in theory). In addition to making improvements to the site, adding features and solving problems, I will also be doing a few things that I hope will generate some more revenue. Please bear with me and don't hesitate to complain about anything that doesn't feel right to you. If I get feedback that any of my efforts go too far or changes the good nature of the site, I will remove them immediately.

I've also had the pleasure to be staying home with my kids and new beagle puppy Merle for the last several months. I've never worked so hard in all my life. Lily is now almost 6, Bodhi just turned 2 and Merle is about 6 months. The experience has got me to a point that makes me unwilling to do anything less that what I aspire to be. The last 7 years has been a treadmill, a lot of sweating and I'm right where I started from. No more.

The reason I tell you all this is that the mudcat, all it contains, all of the people I have met and all things I've learned turns out to be one of the most important things I've done and have. I've always wanted to do more. I've always wanted it to be my full time job.

How do you make a small fortune in Folk Music? Start with a large one.

I'm under no illusion, but it has become clear to me that the things I want to spend my time on need to help pay the bills. Or rather, I end up spending my time on the things that pay my bills. Either way, I think you can see my point.

All that being said, I intend to stand by all of my previous beliefs and not sell crap or charge you anything for anything you've ever gotten for free or plaster the site in ads. We get a lot of traffic, a lot of members and we have a lot of good content. The net has come a long way since we started, and there are many wonderful tricks and trades that a site like ours can take advantage of. Just like http://amazon.mudcat.org, the mudcat can find a way to take a cut of products and services at their normal prices, I just need to facilitate the process. I have a million ideas.

katlaughing had the idea to sell a CD of your own personal backup of your interaction with the mudcat. All the messages you've ever posted, every thread you've ever posted to, every personal message you've ever sent or received and a copy of the DT. Any interest?

We also happen to have some very talented members. By my count, 22,000 talented people. 22,000 that want their music heard and want to hear music. We have produced several CDs and I hope to produce several per year moving forward.

You get my drift. Time to kick it up a notch, on every level. You tell me what you want, and I'll provide it. And you have my guarantee that every money making endeavor will be preceded by an improvement to the mudcat, and I'll demand that you hold me to that.

Max