Bye bye, Accessify

Well, it’s been a whole year since my last post on this site and the one previous to that was in the middle of 2009, in which I was pondering what to do with this site. Not exactly been prolific, have I? That’s gotta tell me something …

Now that it’s a new year and everyone is in the habit of making resolutions, I’ve made one regarding this site - it’s time to wave it goodbye.

When I started Accessify, I did it because there was, at the time, very little in the way of easy-to-understand information about web accessibility online. Sure, there was the official W3C stuff, but I could count on one hand the number of sites that really spoke to me as a developer who wanted to do things right but didn’t want to wade through reams of academic papers. I used this site primarily as a way of hosting the range of accessibility tools that I had created.

Things have moved on a lot since then. There are now numerous resources out there for accessibility, and pretty much all of them are being updated more frequently than I do this site. The reasons for this? There are two, really:

  1. I don’t find the time to do it justice. I’m working on the web during the day, but at the end of the day I don’t have a burning desire to spend my free time working on this site. If I were freelance/running my own business, I might feel it more important to keep this ticking over as a self-promotional thing. But really, it’s just not high on my list of priorities.
  2. I don’t really feel as passionate about the topic as I used to. That doesn’t mean it’s not an important topic, but I just can’t keep on top of the developments in the area to be able to contribute as I did back in the early days.

So, I’ve decided to sell up.

At the end of the day it’s just a domain. But it’s a domain with a great name for anyone working in this area of the web. And it’s also a domain with a few years behind it and a decent amount of incoming links (at one point, a few years back, it managed a Google Page Rank of 9!).

It’s just for sale, NOT, which is owned and run separately from this domain. I also registered the Twitter name accessify (which has barely been used, especially in recent times), so I’d hand over ownership/passwords to that too.

Ideally, I’d like to sell it to someone who can breath life back in to the site and, as much as possible, keep the content intact. The blog posts and articles are dusty as heck, though, so even if it’s just the tools that remain, that would be good. But if there’s a buyer out there who wants to completely change it and just wants the domain, I might decide to re-home the tools at a different domain and ditch the rest. It really depends on what interest I get in this.

I’m not in a hurry to sell it - I’d rather wait until a good offer comes my way. We’ve all got bills to pay, after all; I’m no different.

So, if you’re interested in this or know someone else who might be, please drop me a line using the contact form

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Comments (13) Posted by Ian on Tuesday, January 4, 2011