Mar. 24th, 2009

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[staff profile] denise
My apologies for the late update; I was away this weekend, and just got back a few hours ago. Let me tell you, it's awesome to come back from a weekend that was mostly internet-free to find so many cool things had happened in my absence. I know I keep saying this over and over again, and you're probably all tired of hearing it by now, but we really do have the most amazing team in the world working on this project, and both Mark and I remain pleased, thankful, and more than a little bit stunned (in the good way!) by the level of commitment, professionalism, and enthusiasm exhibited by our community and its members.

Every time we stop and take a good look around this project, how far we've come, and what we've built already, it becomes clear yet again that we have had the very great good fortune here to have assembled and nurtured one of the most kickass teams either of us has ever had the pleasure of working with. I don't really have words to explain how incredible it is to take a look around and realize that a project that started as a "hey, wouldn't it be cool if we someday did..." conversation almost exactly a year ago has turned into something that's bigger and better than anything we could have imagined. (And both Mark and I have pretty good imaginations.)

I joke a lot that the end result of any conversation that starts out with someone coming to us and saying "hey, it'd be cool if someday you guys did ..." is, about half the time, the person who brought that thing up being put in charge of getting it done -- ask [personal profile] rho sometime about the number of conversations we've had that end with her asking me how I talked her into taking over our entire project documentation -- but like all good jokes, there's a grain of truth in it. Dreamwidth, as a project, is built around the concept of empowering people who are passionate about their particular goals: nearly every project team running right now is headed up by someone who saw a need and stepped up to fill it.

We think that's incredible. (In fact, there aren't adequate superlatives for how incredible we think it is.) And I want to take a minute right now to reiterate our appreciation for everyone who's contributed to the project so far -- by contributing code, documentation, wished-for features, graphics work, design work, opinions on how the service should run, feedback on our policies (and pointing out our mistakes!), bug reports, and everything all the way on down to telling your friends and contacts about what Dreamwidth is and why you care about it.

Thank you. Your energy and enthusiasm makes it incredibly easy to keep up our own energy and enthusiasm for the project, and it makes our roles as curators and navigators easier, more pleasant, and more fun.

And now, the news! )
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