Open Ravel opened 1 year ago today, with a lot of excitement and refuge from a more popular fiber arts website and community, during a situation that was less than fair to say the least.
I had some great plans for our website here and a lot of enthusiasm, however as I’m sure many of you noticed, we lost our initial momentum and I have become increasingly absent.
The explanation is simple: real life obligations took priority. My available time was impacted by challenges in my employment, and the issue was further compounded by some challenges with my health.
Instead of letting our website further languish, I would like to properly shut it down and give everybody here an opportunity to coordinate with each other to find new online spaces to share your work in a positive and healthy environment.
openravel.com will go offline on August 1st, 2020.
Please take the time to coordinate with other members here who you would like to stay in contact with, exchange contact info, etc.
Please also check out #the-craft:patterns for any free or paid patterns of interest. The paid ones in particular link out to the member’s store, which may be useful.
If you aren’t already there, I recommend checking out Yarnies Chat. It was created by @Snoogins and is a wonderful place to chat in real time with other Open Ravel members.
Yarnies Chat is operated independently of openravel.com and is not impacted by our shut down.
Thank you to all who donated to our operation here.
We intentionally did not monetize anything while we were planning longer term features, and I am proud and happy that we encouraged our members to list as much as they want, and to communicate amongst themselves for transactions, without any fees from our side.
Our paypal.me link is still up, but will go offline as well on August 1st. You are more than welcome to leave a tip if you found value in your experience here.
On a technical/business note, I am very specifically not selling the website or any of our data. I have reservations with regard to data collection, digital marketing, and other means by which your privacy may not be respected.
To that end, when the website goes offline, all components will be shut down and nothing will be sold, shared, or otherwise retained. Privacy is very important and the last thing I would want is for anybody’s experience here to be tarnished by unsavory business happenings.
Lastly, thank you! Thank you thank you thank you!
When we started here, many of us were very much in need of a positive and kind atmosphere to connect over our craft, and you all truly went above and beyond.
It’s of course bittersweet news here today, but I am taking it all as a positive experience with you all and something that I will remember fondly.
Happy trails, fiber friends!