by, April 26, 2009 at 5:47 PM (1422 Views)
I've spent nearly a month working on what I would consider marketing. Marketing for the site as a whole and marketing for VaultWiki.
My mother asked me a few weeks ago if Ni-Ki-Oh! was available on the site yet. According to her, it was Ni-Ki-Oh! that was some of the most exciting work we'd done, and that we should not be making "chronological" updates. People who like Ni-Ki-Oh! might want to go back and see earlier work, but uploading only the earlier work would give an impression that that is all we have done - that we have no current work, or that our current work is just more of the same.
This inspired me to begin something I had first announced almost two years ago - moving all our YouTube content to the CES web site. As the first, Free United Club of Kids became a CES exclusive this month. So we'll be covering some recent work, then going back to Ni-Ki-Oh! in the early 2000s, then finally going back to the 90s.
As for VaultWiki, I've been concerned about this for quite some time now: the oncoming reality that is vBulletin 4.x. vBulletin 4.x will require some significant rewrites to VaultWiki's code, and the first beta is only another month or so away. As a result, I've had to make this decision - VaultWiki 2.3.0 will be the last feature release in the VaultWiki 2.x series. VaultWiki 3.x will be the first official release for vBulletin 4.x and will remain in beta (Unstable) for at least as long as vBulletin 4.x does.
This brings me to another point. I had read somewhere online that prospective customers might have cause for concern because VaultWiki "is developed by a 21 year old and a 17 year old who seem more interested in indy films and gaming". There are a number of misconceptions here that need to be cleared up.
I admit that this sentiment might have arisen from some conversations I had with customers last year, who were confused about the focus of the site. I told them that the site was not originally designed with VaultWiki solely in mind, because the company had these other interests. Since then the site's navigation and categorization has been, I think, vastly improved - but now these words are out there, being taken the wrong way.
Yes, I am 21 years old - I don't know who the 17 year old is supposed to be - the closest is NickyPhils at 19. Our ages should bear no relevance to our competence at developing a wiki product. I am not the first person to be programming at a young age. I have been designing and developing software since 1994. I have been designing and developing for the web since 1997. NickyPhils has been designing and developing for almost as long.
Although we are the most active, we are not the only ones working on VaultWiki. If you look at the Member List, you will see that we have quite a few staff that work behind-the-scenes in various capacities.
Yes, we have a great interest in "indy" filmmaking and game development. We were founded as a film production studio and because of our backgrounds in programming we also have a department for Game Development.
These are not simply things we are "interested in". I attended New York University for 4 years for degrees in Film Production and in Producing. NickyPhils attends Fairfield University for degrees in Mathematics and in Theater. We have even longer experience filmmaking and acting than we have in programming. We did not bother with degrees in computer science or anything of the nature because we already knew more than any degree program could give us.
Just because we have passion for these other things, we are not going to stop developing VaultWiki or stop supporting it. VaultWiki is very important to our company's future because we recognize the internet as a distribution medium. We need to distribute our content, whether it be films or text - and VaultWiki is what we are using to do so.
As our company grows, so will our investments in our existing products - including VaultWiki.