This is a pretty biggish announcement and I hope you’ll see it as good news: I am closing the Secret Lair on Mighty Networks when the year’s paid subscription ends in late June 2019. All continuing and future class and program groups I host will be on Facebook for the foreseeable future. The private Seasons of Wonder group (for those who are enrolled for the upcoming seasons) is moving over to Facebook at the start of the summer session (continuing members will get an mail from me in late May with a link to join our new Facebook group).
Why is that? Read on to learn why I’m making the move back to Facebook.
One of the most wonderful things to come out of the online courses I’ve offered over the past four years has been the beautiful and tight-knit community of soulful women that gather together in our online groups to connect and share. I’ve heard from many of you that our private groups have been one of the highlights of your experience in my courses and programs. They have been for me, too! When I see us starting to lose that magic, it gets my attention.
I opened the Secret Lair on Mighty Networks last summer as an experiment – a really juicy one that I and most of you were super excited about. I’d been dreaming of a private outpost for us online where we could meet and mingle for a long time. The frustrations many of us were experiencing with the changes on Facebook gave me extra fuel and motivation for creating a space of our own off of social media last summer.
However, our beloved Secret Lair is perhaps a bit too far off-the-beaten-path and therein lies the problem. After the initial flurry of excitement, engagement soon started dropping off significantly. And so, I’ve been giving it all a LOT of thought, looking at the options and dancing back and forth for months between staying and going.
There are many reasons I’d love to keep the Secret Lair as a place for our private class groups and for us all to hang out together and connect. But in the end, the main reason for staying would be because it best serves our community now and into the future (which was why I opened the doors to the Lair in the first place, because I believed it best served the great majority of our community). But I’m afraid this year has taught me it’s just not sustainable in terms of engagement and convenience.
I’ve heard from many of you who were initially delighted about the Lair, but then in practice either found it confusing to follow conversations there or simply didn’t have time (or remember) to pop over there regularly and join in. Even many of our members who left Facebook entirely last year have found their way back there because of the ease of connecting with family, friends, and private groups all in one place.
Yes, I could certainly pour tons of energy and time promoting engagement in the Lair in the hopes it could become what we envisioned, but that doesn’t feel sustainable either. My heart tells me that all of that creative energy is better directed to crafting new courses, resources, tools, and adventures for us to explore together more naturally. Providing easier access and ways of connecting as a community feel much better to me as a path forward.
And so, I finally made the decision to close the doors to the Secret Lair in late June with love and gratitude. It’s been a delightful and beautiful place to explore, share, and hang out together. And I’m very grateful to all of you who gave it a try and those of you who have stalwartly remained and continue to post and interact there. Thank you!
As the internet, Facebook, and other online spaces for communities continue to evolve, I fully expect there will be more challenges (and opportunities) for those of us hosting and participating in online groups. The one constant is change and the internet moves and changes rapidly. So, we do our best and make the best decisions we can as we adapt to new changes and find our way forward.
With love and gratitude,