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Hello dear people of Tookapic!
I have recently returned from one-week vacation, where I had plenty of time to think.
To think about the future of Tookapic.
I’m actually drafing this message in a notes app on the plane flight back to Poland. With no distractions, and even 4 more hours to think.
What I’m about to tell you in a moment has been on my mind for quite some time. I just needed that time to think to make a decision.
Actually, I’ve been struggling with this decision for 2-3 years. And it’s been one of the hardest decisions of my life.
So, here goes…
I decided it’s time to move on and shut down Tookapic.
What does it mean exactly?
I still strongly believe in the idea of 365 projects and the mindful approach to life and photography (and yes, I still take daily photos).
That said, if I don’t find anyone to replace me in the next few weeks, the site will be shut down by the end of this year.
Why I made this decision?
Over the last 8 years of doing 365 project and running Tookapic I learned a lot about myself. One thing I learned is that I know how to build a product that people love. On the other hand I also learned that I have no idea how to market such a product.
I believe that with someone else in charge Tookapic would’ve been much bigger now.
Tookapic.com is a complete product. But I am not capable of providing what Tookapic deserves — growth, marketing and more wonderful people like you.
I’m just not that person.
One more thing I can do, is finding someone to take over the whole site. Someone to run it for the next 8 or more years. Someone to develop this amazing community.
Know anyone that might be interested in buying Tookapic? Let me know in the private message - or even better at firstname.lastname@example.org
Before you start another #tookapichero thing (which was something I’v never expected could happen! Thank you!) — it’s not about the financial struggle.
Tookapic pays for itself. It even makes some profit.
But 8 years for me is enough. Time to move on.
So again, if you know anyone who’d be interested in acquiring Tookapic, let me know.
Thank you for being part of this wonderful community.
PS. Before the shut-down we’ll develop a fair solution so all your photos are safe and backed up for you, before we go offline.
PPS. You’ll be getting all the details (including refund terms, etc.) via email over the next few weeks.
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