Update on Perkeep, Brad, Mathieu, Open Collective donations

Published on February 12, 2019 by Brad Fitzpatrick

Perkeep users,

I just wanted to give you all an update on the state of Perkeep and my & Mathieu's situations.

Of Perkeep's nearly 9 year existence, I'd been paying Mathieu to work on Perkeep full-time for the past 6 of those years.

But that was always supposed to be a temporary situation that we just kept doing out of habit. I can't afford to pay Mathieu what he's worth, though, and we've agreed that he it'd be better for him to get a "real job" in the industry where he can make normal industry money. It'd also cut down on my expenses.

As for me: my time has only become more scarce now that I have a kid. The guilt of not working on Perkeep enough (but wanting to!) is what led me to pay Mathieu in the first place.

So, what to do now?

I continue to use Perkeep myself and it's not going anywhere, but it does require ongoing maintenance for some parts (updating to new Go versions, updating to ever-changing APIs for the site importers) and I hope I or others in the community (including Mathieu for fun) will be able to keep up with that.

But in lieu of anybody working on this a lot (full-time or hobby), I don't expect major work to happen on Perkeep for a bit.

We're very grateful for the 20 supporters and 5 organizations supporting us financially on Open Collective (https://opencollective.com/perkeep/), but at this point you should probably stop or at least pause your donations, as I have nobody to send the money to. I'll be taking out what remains for Mathieu's final payments.

If anybody has questions, concerns, or suggestions, we're all ears.

We're of course also grateful for all those have contributed their time & code, and we hope you will continue to do so. I hope to continue hacking on Perkeep myself as I find pockets of time.

Life, yo.

  • Brad & Mathieu