I feel this news journal needs more of a personal touch than usual, so allow me to introduce myself. I am starling, founder and creator of Inkbunny.
Without further ado, I would like to announce that I have officially handed ownership of Inkbunny to one of our longest-serving staff members, GreenReaper. He is now the site owner and head administrator.
Don't panic! It's still business as usual in Inkbunny land. There are no sweeping changes planned for the immediate future. In fact, I almost considered not announcing this publicly at all. Who owns the site is largely irrelevant to the average user.
But I realise that it is a pretty important thing to many people, and it does have a bearing on the ultimate future of the site. So these things deserve explanation. The rest of this journal is for those of you who'd like to know the full story, and what the future may hold.
Inkbunny was an idea born out of hope and frustration. I wanted to create a place that was safe and positive and inclusive, in an online world increasingly dominated by conservatism and hostility.
After everything we've been through and experienced over the years, that beginning now seems to me like the distant past. In reality, it was less than five years ago that the first lines of code were laid down, forming the foundations of what is now a thriving furry art site.
It was a point in my life when stable but part-time employment hours gave me plenty of time to complete the code base for the first launch. I grossly underestimated the amount of work the Inkbunny code base would take. I expected a three month build to get the basic functions together, but it was nearly a year of solid work before we had what I was prepared to call a launch version.
Since the site opened, I had always been able to focus a decent portion of my time on the never-ending coding tasks and demands of being the head administrator. I have felt immensely privileged to have the opportunity to be a part of something like Inkbunny, and it satisfied me greatly to be able to dedicate myself to it in that way for so long.
But the time has now come in my life to focus on my career and building up my finances for the future. An opportunity has come along that I feel I must seize with both hands. For it to succeed, I know I have to pour everything I have into it, and I cannot divide my attention.
To attempt to lead Inkbunny's development and administration, and to pursue this new project at the same time would be to the detriment of both. Inkbunny needs someone at the helm that can give it the dedication and focus it needs, and this is why I knew the site needed a new owner.
GreenReaper has been with Inkbunny as a moderator since the very beginning, graciously agreeing to give us his time and experience to help with what was originally an unknown little art site with hardly any members.
He never asked for the position. I approached him out of the blue, back when I was getting together a core of staff to help with the launch. We had met and chatted in the past, and I knew he had a wealth of experience with running furry community projects. But I had no idea if he would have even the slightest interest in giving his time to yet another random startup furry art site.
GreenReaper surprised me by agreeing to help, and since then he has consistently dedicated himself to Inkbunny. Over the years his ideals and goals for the site have echoed my own at every step, and I now see him as a close friend and someone I genuinely look up to.
Our disagreements have been just as important to me. He has always been willing to let me know when he thought I was doing something that wasn't wise. More times than I can count now, his maturity and level-headedness have stopped me acting on impulse or out of anger in tense situations. He has been a voice of calm, reason and logic. This is a crucial state of mind to have when weathering the kinds of storms you endure as a site owner.
GreenReaper's experience comes from years spent as a prominent and active figure in the fandom, heading such organisations as WikiFur and the news site Flayrah. He has assisted with many other furry sites and organisations, including volunteering as staff at furry cons.
Will there be changes in Inkbunny's future as a result of this change in ownership? I hope so! I am excited about the plans that GreenReaper has shared with me. His ideas for the site and what it could grow to be are much grander than anything I had considered. And I believe he has the right skills and connections to achieve those goals.
But you can rest assured that the heart of what Inkbunny has become is in safe hands. He understands, just as I do, that the site and its community are something bigger and more important than any individual.
I believe that under GreenReaper's direction, the site will experience even more rapid growth and development than I managed with the limited time and energy I could put into Inkbunny in the past.
I will continue to assist with the moderation and coding of the site when I can, and I will remain a staff member for the foreseeable future. I'm sure I will miss being at the helm of the ship, but I feel the time is perfect for me to take on a background role as the site moves into the next exciting chapter of its development.
I cannot thank our little family of admins, moderators and advisors enough. That largely unseen core of people are responsible for Inkbunny being the success that it is. They work away tirelessly and selflessly in the background to ensure Inkbunny is a great place to be. Working with you all has been a pleasure, and I hope to continue being part of that group for a long time to come.
Finally, and probably most importantly, I want to thank the Inkbunny community. It's all of you who have made this place somewhere I happily call home. Warm, welcoming and inviting. Vibrant and exciting. A place I want come back to every day and that I am proud to say I am a part of.