After fifteen years online, UKHippy.com has closed its doors for the last time.
At our peak from around 2008-2013 we had millions of hits, thousands of visitors, hundreds of people logging in regularly, and an abundance of posts and topics on just about every subject imaginable — we had a community. Connections and relationships were formed; people used our website as an important resource to enhance their lives — and I personally am grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of that.
However, in the last few years, with the rise of social media and smart phones, traffic slowed significantly, and in recent months, activity declined to fewer than twenty logged in users a day, and only a handful of posts.
This was not only financially unsustainable, it just wasn’t serving a worthwhile purpose — the hours of maintenance needed to keep it up to date and thriving was proving to be a little too much.
We served our purpose for the time we were needed, but the way people use the Internet has changed, and as such we needed to move on.
I didn’t always get it right and I didn’t always keep everyone happy, but for me it’s time to move on.
The database and all usernames and contact details have been deleted — they were taking up too much space and, because many of the threads are irrelevant to today’s world, there was no point in keeping the vast majority of content.
Remember, in the words of the great Bill Hicks “It’s all just a ride”. ✌🌻☮☯