Though I've missed dates, I'm still fully committed to this project. I've lost over two years of my life and spent the last year living in a completely foreign country to finish a project we all agreed is something we want. These days, especially with comments like these, I don't see this as my project, but more as yours. Sometimes it seems as though people are rooting for us to fail. I'm astounded by the progress we've made in development and I ask, if our roles were changed do you think we would be better off?
Earl is arguably one of the most complicated crowd funded projects of all time. For the amount of funding we raised we would never have been able to get this far, fortunately we were able to find a partner in development. There's been many delays, but we're near the finish line. To go through a full product development cycle in a year has been a challenge.
Some things are completely out of my control. We only have a couple thousand backers so hiring a new member to handle communications seemed like overkill, especially with how small of a budget we have. But at times it's definitely more than one person can handle. On numerous occasions I've enlisted help from members of our team. I pushed them to post updates and communicate with backers through twitter, email and the forum. But unfortunately it didn't work, I take full responsibility. I handed the keys off and went back to work.
I understand everyones frustration. Without you guys, I wouldn't be in this position. Whether that's good or bad I don't know. But my main objective has been to complete this project as soon as possible, so that I can get back and enjoy my time the way I want. With my family and friends, and most importantly my dog Earl, whom I've barely seen this entire year.
I'm trying to jump back into the community and make sure I take care of everyones needs. Frankly, lately I've been tired. My day starts around 8 or 9am, communicating and supporting our teams in China, India and the USA, and doesn't end until 1 or 2am.
Please excuse the promises I've made. I won't make anymore. Earl will be finished, that's a guarantee, not a promise. I'm making a genuine effort to communicate better, posting negative comments doesn't help with finishing Earl.