Against all odds, our forum is set to mark it’s first year anniversary on April 22nd of 2011.
It has been an exciting and quite stressful first year, with some expected and some unexpected challenges. For the most part, it was a lot of fun, though.
Fifteen supporting members and four industry sponsors have allowed me to secure a new hosting company and to have necessary repairs and improvements to our software performed. Clearly, without them, we would have not survived the rough waters of the major part of 2010.
My sincere thanks to our founding and supporting members for their commitment to this cause and to our “normal” members who have participated and produced 3.000+ posts within the first 12 months. We counted roughly 68.500 visitors to our pages within this first year and being on Twitter helped us to get the word out to the flying public quite a bit.
Seaplane pilots are a special breed and its definitely not easy to reach them. Magazine advertisements are simply too expensive at this point.
Some associations continue to challenge our right to exist and/or simply ignore the forum, regardless of countless attempts to work hand in hand with them.
The biggest challenges for our second year will be to:
- Find affordable ways to get the word out to the seaplane pilot community;
- Invite inactive members back and;
- Get the existing membership of our forum to go out and recruit new members;
For these three small points to take place, I will definitely need your help and support, it simply cannot be done by one person or just a few.
Our referral system and registration procedure will remain the way it is. For the largest part it has helped not to collect ghost members and even though this means increased workload for me, it is well worth it on this end. With a little luck our alert features will be enabled again, soon, helping members to remember the forum.
If you have not been on the site in a while, please pay us a visit, introduce yourself or share with others what you are up to.
Within 2011 and beyond we will see increased challenges for seaplanes and general aviation. Creating an effective “Seaplane Pilot Network” and increasing/ improving our way and speed to communicate will be what keeps us flying.
Please take part in our growth and success in reaching more seaplane enthusiasts, help to make their eyes sparkle and get them to be part of our world of water flying.
Thank you for your patronage and continued support!
Here is how to become a member:
The continued success and existence of this forum is the result of active & supporting members making it what it is. To avoid collecting large amounts of inactive members, our automatic registration features are no longer available and inactive accounts/ profiles are subject to deletion after 45 days. This is done to protect our existing membership, and keep our forum from filling with ghost members which never participate. If you wish to join our group, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org and enter “Seaplaneforum.com Membership” in the subject line. Please provide your desired user name and password (6 characters minimum, you may change it later) as well as an active, functional email address. Your account will be established and working, usually within less than 12 hours. Thank you! We look forward to having you as member of our forum.
Jason James Baker, Owner/ Administrator – The Seaplane Pilot Network!