One of the things I have been wrestling with this week is turning certain parts of phoneboy.com over to other, “trusted” individuals. The parts of the site would relate specifically to Check Point VPN-1/FireWall-1.
I don’t think it’s been any secret to anyone who has been visiting this site over the years or saw me speak at CPUG in October 2004 that the amount of energy I have put into my site has dwindled, particularly over the past couple of years. Some of this relates to the job roles I’ve had with my job role, which have taken me away from directly supporting VPN-1/FireWall-1, some also relates to my desire to explore other things, such as Voice over IP.
Despite not being so interested in VPN-1/FireWall-1 anymore, one thing I am very interested in is maintaining the resources and community I, at least in part, helped to create. Giving up control of things that I have built, especially things I have spent a significant amount of my professional and personal time to create, is a very difficult thing for me to do. In maintaining control, I realize that the value that phoneboy.com brings to the community diminishes each day.
In order for phoneboy.com to retain its usefulness to the group of people that it was created to serve, I need to bring in new blood. The question is: who? Should it be one person? Should it be a group? One thing I know is that the person or persons who come in need to have the same level of passion and energy for imparting Check Point VPN-1/FireWall-1 knowledge on the masses that I once had. The other thing I know is that I need to maintain a level of at least “executive” control over the site. It wouldn’t be phoneboy.com without PhoneBoy after all.
Any suggestions on how I might handle this situation is welcome.