Thank You From The Team
Posted: November 28th, 2017, 6:57 pm
Hello, A3ers! It's that time of the year again - A3 is having a birthday. Can you believe it? This last year has just flown by for me, so I can hardly believe it's that time again. Here we are though!
Azeroth Adoption Agency continues to grow and amaze me each year. We started off as a tiny group of forum-goers looking to help new collectors just starting out with their collections but sharing our spare inventory with them. That quickly grew as more people had extra inventory to contribute. During our first few months we grew slowly, but steadily, gaining more members and more pets to share. The community really took off when we moved onto a forum, giving everyone a more reliable way to communicate with us and one another.
Shortly (very) after the addition the of the forum, WarcraftPets.com featured the community on their site. We grew tremendously following this! We quickly gained more than 300 new members over the next two weeks. This was a rocky period for A3 though. Unfortunately, along with the positive growth, there also came negative members looking for an easy way to scam and make gold in-game. Luckily though, the admins at the time and the newly added team were diligent and were quickly able to thwart these types. Although we do still see the occasional scam or cheating attempt, it is very rare compared to the initial new member rush. Thankfully the positive, helpful attitude of our core member base thrives over negative attitudes such as these!
In the year following our first member boom, we saw the addition of team members. This was by far the greatest addition to the community! Although not all of our team members have worked out, in general, they have all worked and strived to lift and improve A3 through hard work and creativity. The addition of the team is the single greatest thing that I am thankful for. Without the team, A3 would not have continued to expand into the many-faceted community that it is. Following the addition of the team, we were able to expand the number of ways that we interact with members and distribute pet. The first year also saw the addition of donation drives, events, special giveaways, and so much more. These new additions really helped to shape the A3 that you know today.
In the second year, we took what we learned from our first year and applied it to the design of events and donation drives, further shaping them to better suit the community. Some events have been more successful than others, and we use these to learn about what the community enjoys the most. We also very excitedly reached the 6,000 pets rehomed milestone in year two, near the end of November. We were so thrilled to celebrate this in conjunction with the 2nd anniversary.
At the very beginning of year 3, we added the best feature to A3: Discord! Discord allowed A3 to adopt a more cross-server cross-faction guild-style of interaction with its members. Discord has been wildly popular among the members and the team! The server features a constant stream of chatter amongst our members, allows interaction between the members and the team, allows for real-time assistance, and also has fun games and giveaways. At this time we have 126 members on our Discord server (you should join if you haven't)!
Year three also saw a lot of behind-the-scenes changes. We've gone through quite the team shuffle, parting ways with some of our favorite A3 veterans as they needed to move on to other things. Over the summer the team reached an all-time low number of 7 members. Although this was enough to continue to function normally on the front end, we considered it a skeleton crew because if anything came up or went wrong, we'd be hard-pressed to cope time-wise. The senior members and admins were running on fumes for a while there, to say the least. Luckily though, toward the end of summer, we started picking up new team members allowing the team a sense of security and a chance to breathe again! We also picked up a few non-team helpers during this time.
During this same time, A3 excitedly started to develop a closer relationship with the amazing Aranesh from Xu-Fu's Pet Guides - our absolute favorite battle pet resource! We got to sneak peek and test out great upcoming features (which are now available) and learn more about the Xu-Fu's team. Because of all of this, we switched over to using the Xu-Fu's site as our primary way of checking out members collections. Xu-Fu's strategies, collection viewer, Magpie, and export to spreadsheet features are A3's best friends! Xu-Fu's also featured A3 on their community blog, which brought more members our way - allowing us to adopt out even more battle pets!
The summer and autumn seasons have been particularly busy for me personally as well. With a huge move, a severe injury, and starting a new job it I feel that I've been pulled in 100 directions this year. It has at times proved challenging to keep up with all of my A3 responsibilities, but at the end of the day, the team is always here for me to lean on and the community has been here with an open ear when I needed destress. These things are priceless and I have to say thank you to everyone who has pitched in to keep me standing in one form or another these last few months. I <3 all of you!
So... this is where we are! I'm honestly so excited to see where we go in year 4! We have so many new pets coming out way in game and I can't wait to rehome a bunch of them to the community!
Thank you for another amazing year!