I spent about five years compiling a technology timeline. It started as a class project and grew into an obsession. For a while, I was making an enormous number of Wikipedia contributions. After a while, I started posting my work to my blog . Then, I started writing "This Day in History" columns for a few paying venues. It's actually grown well beyond what's currently available on my blog.
The problem is that I've grown bored of pouring time into the project.
I'm at the point where I don't really feel like paying to host the work indefinitely, and unlike Hobbes' Internet Timeline
, my work isn't considered authoritative and, as such, I don't really pull in all that much traffic. However, it would sort of break my heart to just stuff it in a drawer and forget about it.
I'm looking for suggestions as to how I could publish my massive timeline in some useful format that wouldn't cost me money to maintain.
I've considered self-publishing through Kindle, but I think that would require me to officially license the images I've used and I don't think I would sell enough copies to cover the cost. I've thought about running a KickStarter like The Vanamo Online Game Museum
, but I don't know if the project has the popular appeal to draw in the required support.
What I'd really like to do is compile my work into a wiki, interactive timeline, or encyclopedia and offer it as a single free downloadable executable file.
Any suggestions? Should the project be preserved, published, or scrapped? What format would make the information most useful if I preserve it? What software might I use to compile it? Who might be interested in taking over hosting it?
Thanks in advance for any thoughts, even if it's just "Junk it!"