As DepList approaches the 20th anniversary of its first website, the time has come to think about DepList’s future ownership and management.
When DepList began in 1999, it was as a PC-based mailing list, half the membership did not own a mobile phone and neither Facebook nor the smartphone had been invented. The website was launched a few months later, in January 2000. DepList as a concept has been very successful and has seen off a few short-lived competitors over the years. There have been about 700 members and 400 advertisers. A few members have sadly died and a few have gone on to make great careers. Interestingly, the number of active subscribers at any one time has remained pretty constant at between 200 and 300 members at any time throughout the 20 years. The number of job adverts that pass through DepList on a daily basis remains remarkably steady in spite of a declining trend in the use of traditional church music at services, weddings and funerals.
But technology evolves, and DepList now needs a more modern interface, possibly in the form of an app that would make it easier to instantly post ads, see which jobs were still vacant and let members customise their notification settings. I am not the person who can develop these things, particularly now that I run a busy B&B. Also, the admin side of things is now taking up too much of my time, so I would like to start preparing for my retirement from the service that two of us started 20 years ago. I hope to hand DepList over to someone who can take it to the next stage of development and continue to provide the service that I so wished had existed during my own singing career.
With this in mind, I have made the following changes:
(1) I have terminated all recurring PayPal payments so that when your subscription expires 12 months after making the last payment, there will be no more payments taken from your account. This will leave the path open to my successor to implement their own subscription policies. You will shortly receive notification from PayPal that your subscription has been terminated, but this of course will not affect your membership and you can continue to post and receive job adverts in the normal way.
(2) No new applications for membership will be accepted until after the handover. Application forms for membership and sponsorship on this website have now been disabled.
Please rest assured that the mailing list will continue to function as normal, with emails and job adverts being posted just as before, until I have handed over to a new owner/manager. The timing of my retirement will depend on how soon a successor can be found. When I leave, the website in its present form will disappear and it will be up to the new owner to rebuild DepList and to take it in whatever direction they want it to go.
With many thanks for the support of all the members and advertisers over the past 20 years. I hope to announce the change of ownership in my next post.