Today we celebrated the third birthday of Go Game Guru by eating noodles (a Chinese tradition which Jing reminded us of).
Likewise, in the short time we’ve been doing this, it’s become our annual tradition here at Go Game Guru to pause to reflect on the experiment and ask readers how they think things are going.
Many of the best ideas for this site, such as weekly Go problems, have been suggested by readers and we always appreciate hearing your suggestions.
My thoughts on Go Game Guru
When we started this project, we set out with the idea of building a sustainable business that exists to promote Go worldwide.
In retrospect, I can say that I didn’t fully anticipate exactly how much work that would be, or how long it would take to get certain things done.
I guess I’m the kind of person who tends to bite off more than they can chew and then work like crazy to catch up.
Because of that, sometimes I’ve been disappointed about the slow progress of things, especially when we’ve been waiting on collaboration with third parties (sometimes indefinitely).
There’s also a lot of grind involved at times – for example, who really wants to know more about the business regulations, tax and import laws of several different regions?
Having a clear plan is only the first step.
There have been many delays and setbacks that have been beyond our control, and also times where we’ve become overwhelmed because of everything we’ve tried to do at once (I’m sure that some of you noticed this when posts ground to a halt for short periods :)).
There’s a huge amount of work that goes on behind the scenes.
Learning to make it work
However, it’s been a great adventure and Younggil, Jing and I have all learned a lot.
We’ve picked up new skills and knowledge, we’ve learned how to work better as a team and we’re gradually learning how to help each juggle all our other life and work commitments.
In a few months, new Go equipment will arrive in store, including (finally) The Dirt Cheap Go Set – which we see as our ‘secret’ weapon for promoting Go.
We also have some more affordable Kaya Go boards coming (at the other end of the spectrum) and some more improvements to Baduk TV to roll out soon.
So what’s next?
Over the next 12 months, we want to focus on three new things:
- More articles for beginners and intermediate players, gradually increasing in difficulty – we’ve wanted to do this since the beginning, but we’ve rarely been able to free up enough time to sit down and write. Hopefully we can also make some videos if we have time.
- Very affordable, basic Go equipment for beginners. We’re convinced that affordable equipment is a must if we want to introduce Go to more people. Want to see Go sets in your local games store? Soon you’ll be able to work with Go Game Guru to become their supplier (and even turn a small profit if you want to)!
- In 2014 we’re going to ask for your help to pull off worldwide, ‘simultaneous’ Go demonstrations all around the world on the same weekend. We’ve been unofficially calling this ‘Learn Go Week’ so far – do you have a better idea for a name? If it’s successful, we hope that the community could turn this into an annual event for promoting Go. More on this soon.
These are three things that we’ve been dreaming about doing pretty much since we started, but this year, after much patience, we’re finally ready to make them happen!
Thank you everyone for your time and attention over the last few years, it’s been a lot of fun.
Thanks to everyone who’s told their friends about Go, and who’s shared Go Game Guru with other Go players.
Thank you everyone who leaves comments and lets us know that people are reading.
Over to you
But that’s enough from me.
What do you think we should do to better promote Go and what do you want us to do to improve this site?
Click here to let us know what you think!