However in summer 2006, John and I parted and I moved back in with parents temporarily, pending my planned move to Bulgaria, where I had become involved in the property market and had several investment properties, as well as a new house built. I did not want to see Gofarmer simply shelved as we had put in so much work and felt that we owed it to our membership base to continue the website. We agreed to continue the business partnership with John fielding telephone enquiries back in the UK and I would oversee the generally running of the website from Bulgaria.
But life is never that simple and my new house was not ready until several months later and so my internet access was restricted. John started working other jobs outside the farm and had little time to devote to Gofarmer and so for the majority of 2007, Gofarmer just plodded on. I managed to keep a general eye on the site, answer email enquiries and in the summer of 2007 had several bugs fixed in the script.
In December 2007, John opted to sign over his share in Gofarmer to me and so I now run Gofarmer and am the sole owner. During 2008 I added Bulgaria to the countries where Gofarmer members could sign up from and did some local advertising to expats in Bulgaria.
In 2009 I decided to do a ski season in the French Alps and absolutely loved living in France so after the summer in Bulgaria I returned to France, initially down near the Pyrenees and then moved up to the Alps, where I met my current partner and set up an airport transfer business. I no split my time between France and Bulgaria.
In 2010 I moved Gofarmer to a new, more stable server and overhauled the Gofarmer Blog and moved it to a more progressive platform and I set up a Gofarmer Facebook Business Page. I opted to discontinue using Worldpay as the payment processor due to the high yearly costs and set up the site to incorporate Moneybookers. However in 2011 Moneybookers announced they were introducing new charges and so in early 2012 the Gofarmer payment system was changed again, this time to PayPal. The first year introductory £5 offer was removed and instead of subsequent years being charged at £45, a flat yearly subscription of £24.99 was introduced.
I am actively building up inbound links to Gofarmer and marketing online. Gofarmer is now well ranked for a large number of farming and smallholding keywords and phrases and work will continue on this.
The philosophy behind Gofarmer was always to bring the farming community into closer contact nationally (and internationally) and in turn closer to the ordinary public as they are the usually the final customer, especially if farmers are doing bed and breakfast, holiday cottages, farm shops or even home deliveries. I want to create a portal for farming and rural communities in the UK and possibly elsewhere, somewhere to promote goods and services, meet others, find resources and hopefully benefit from being part of a wider community of users. Watch this space.......