It sounds pretty great.
But out of curiosity. How do things go from wanting to sell it a while back, to all this. Not that I'm complaining.
Pretty good question there Ferris. How do I tie this all together for you so you may understand the chain of events? We have never given our side of what happened, and this looks like a good time to air out the matter for good. It's rather involved.
I'm a senior citizen with some health issues. Stress is something I've been warned to avoid at all cost. Back in Feb-May of this year, RL and maintaining this website was beginning to get to me. I've been maintaining this site since 2009 mostly by myself and back then it was much more demanding, however I was in much better health than I am today. For the last several years someone was helping me manage the site and she was terrific; however, a few authors were not happy with her along with some policy revisions/reminders we had both agreed upon, and they demanded she be terminated. She made a mistake and in my opinion it was not serious enough for such a drastic action. We're humans and we all make mistakes. Looking back now, it was a silly matter and not worth the grief it caused. But these people were determined to tell me how to run my website. To make a long story short, several excellent writers left Whispers and have created their own website together.
Before all that I developed a chronic heart condition that even required an operation to correct it. That explains why stress was a major factor and why I was very serious about selling the website. The situation regarding that group of authors raised my stress level through the roof. When I wanted to sell the website I was letting it all go and planned to just ignore the entire mess for my health and peace of mind. Staying alive was more important to me than a fan fiction website. Apologies were sincerely made by the involved party, but the main person leading that group of very talented authors was hell bent on a mission of vendetta against Whispers and eventually me personally. I just ignored it.
When you get to be my age, you learn not to let others get to you. We would like to put that sad event behind us, but as long as that person has such control over her group of authors and they continue to follow her, the division it caused will probably never be healed. It is what it is, and there is nothing we can do about it today. That explains why I wanted to sell the website.
Once I realized they were leaving, my stress went down, and I decided to stay with the website. Today, I'm very glad I did.
Recently a private investor came along who shared my vision of what Midnight Whispers could become and invested in the project substantially. That's how we're able to make the New Whispers a reality soon. The old software we have is a dinosaur and greatly held us back from improving or adding features to the Whispers program. We had to change and it required a new custom software to make it happen, and to have the WOW! factor professional websites try to be. I grin and shake my head regarding that small band of authors who are trying to beat Midnight Whispers in some kind of website battle, and I'm trying to take on the likes of Facebook, Live Journal, and Wattpad. The QAF fandom is going down fast and we would be wise not to be against each other for the good of the fandom. Well, not everyone sees it that way.
I wish we all could just get along, and those departed authors would like to come home and enjoy the growth and success we're going to have soon. However if they don't, it's not my problem. I even offered to help them launch their website and it got my IP address blocked off for good. How do you heal a wound when you're dealing with someone who acts like that? I don't try anymore. I just love them, bless them, and let them go. However it's going to be sad for those who left if we hit the Lotto with a jackpot of readers suddenly. The days of 20+ reviews per chapter could happen again.
Currently all is excellent for me. I've got plenty of help running the site from skilled and fun people to work with. We don't have a negative or mean bone in our admin body. And they don't just help me; they're doing banners and beta work for many other people. We provide that kind of personal service as much as we can. And that has left me free to create the fiction/media website of my dreams, so the legacy of Elsa Rose and myself will live on to become something very special, and a major service for the online fiction and social media world of the future.
Currently we're experiencing a rapid growth in people using our website, and it may explode even higher when the new website goes online. We've taken the best elements of a half dozen leading websites by adding their features, and many new options that no one has thought to provide yet. This is why we're very confident in the New Midnight Whispers Star Ship that's arriving soon.
We're a family, and like a family we love each other, and should forgive each other. And we welcome all our loved ones to share this home with us. In their hearts, they know who they are, and that Whispers never stopped loving them. Unconditionally. There's a cabin door in this star ship with their name on it. Their rank - still an outstanding officer of this fleet like nothing happened.
QAF Fanfiction Without Regrets - Only time will tell the truth, or not of that statement.
Like Paul Harvey said: "Now you know, the rest of the story - Good Day!"