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Appreciate a Dragon Day Today is Appreciate a Dragon Day! We&#039;ve decided to celebrate this day by honoring JungleDragon&#039;s founder, Ferdy Christant. Ferdy created JungleDragon years ago after experiencing a transformation, which was brought about by a series of magical moments: an eye-opening experience in nature, the support of his loving spouse, and an intense interest in photography and web design. These moments combined to spark an idea: the creation of a nature community with depth and passion. Out of this burning idea, JungleDragon was born.<br />
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Ferdy has put countless hours into developing and nurturing the amazing community that JungleDragon is. He is inordinately humble and tends to avoid accepting praise; but, the fact is that Ferdy is a natural leader who has inspired us. He has used JungleDragon to paint us a picture of a genuine nature community, a family, where we can learn and share our excitement for the natural world. JungleDragon is authentic and innovative, and we owe it to Ferdy&#039;s dedication, passion, and adventurous spirit.<br />
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Ferdy, thank you for all that you do. Thank you for the encouragement and support that you consistently lend to this community. You are our dragon, and we appreciate you. appreciate a dragon day Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Appreciate a Dragon Day

Today is Appreciate a Dragon Day! We've decided to celebrate this day by honoring JungleDragon's founder, Ferdy Christant. Ferdy created JungleDragon years ago after experiencing a transformation, which was brought about by a series of magical moments: an eye-opening experience in nature, the support of his loving spouse, and an intense interest in photography and web design. These moments combined to spark an idea: the creation of a nature community with depth and passion. Out of this burning idea, JungleDragon was born.

Ferdy has put countless hours into developing and nurturing the amazing community that JungleDragon is. He is inordinately humble and tends to avoid accepting praise; but, the fact is that Ferdy is a natural leader who has inspired us. He has used JungleDragon to paint us a picture of a genuine nature community, a family, where we can learn and share our excitement for the natural world. JungleDragon is authentic and innovative, and we owe it to Ferdy's dedication, passion, and adventurous spirit.

Ferdy, thank you for all that you do. Thank you for the encouragement and support that you consistently lend to this community. You are our dragon, and we appreciate you.

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  1. Thanks for that Christine! Very well put and I have little to add except for full confirmation...
    Here's to you Ferdy - Cheers! Arp
    Posted 2 years ago
  2. Yepeeeehh! We all <3 you, Ferdy! Thanks for JD!!! Posted 2 years ago
  3. Thank you kindly, Christine, for these very kind words.

    I'm deeply proud of JungleDragon, several aspects of it:

    - With basically a shoe string budget and a world in which most user attention goes to big platforms like Facebook and countless other places to share photos, it's extremely hard to run and sustain a community. Even though we are small, we've somehow managed to pull this off.

    - I'm proud of the community culture which is friendly, collaborative and educational. Moreover, JungleDragon is ran by people with a volunteer mindset: people who sacrifice their time to do something for the greater good, without expecting an immediate reward, other than the reward of doing good in itself. Selfless volunteers are how this site got built, how it is ran, moderated and how we get our ever growing collection of awesome content. Such pillars of this community make the site go round and I cannot overstate their importance. And, I personally hold them dear to my heart, like family. A culture like this is increasingly rare on the web, so let's cherish and protect it.

    - I'm proud of the genuine nature of JungleDragon. It doesn't want your money, it doesn't run ads, it doesn't push popups in your face or lure you into doing something you don't want. It is free of all these user-hostile tactics. Another rarity on today's web.

    - I'm proud of our content. JungleDragon is fairly small, but despite that, all those drips add up over time into what is now a very respectable set. And it's not just a huge photo dump, it's carefully crafted and curated into a set with context and meaning, such as the connection with species and locations. This takes daily effort to curate, another feat of this awesome community.

    - The part where I blow my own horn: I'm proud of the software platform. Building it was a one-man job, spanning a few thousand hours on top of a day job. It's an effort against the odds if you consider that JungleDragon in many ways can compete with other platforms as it comes to features, although such a comparison is complex. The main difference being that those other platforms tend to have funding and dedicated staff, whilst JungleDragon has none of that.

    Of course, I wouldn't be myself if I wouldn't end with some self-bashing. Whereas I'm proud of how the platform was developed into what it is today (called V4), I'm not proud of how progress in the improvement of the platform has stalled for a long time. I'm talking about new feature development and solving some bugs. I'm failing quite hard in delivering V5, and thereby testing your patience. There's several reasons for it, the most important one there only being 24 hours in a day :)

    Yet I'll try to spin that into something positive and hopeful. First, V4 has a few issues here and there, but is not *that* bad. It functions fairly well, so it's not the end of the world to keep using it for a while, as we have been doing for a long time. There are issues, but they are manageable.

    Second, and this is my most important sense of hope: JungleDragon isn't nearly done. I have a long list of improvements, fixes and even a few game-changers in mind. It will take a long while before they are here, but I just want to be clear that this platform isn't done or in a final state. There will be a time again where JD will get frequent software updates even if this time isn't soon.

    It's a struggle to fit in further development on top of my workload, but know that struggle has never stopped us before. V1, V2, V3, V4 all came into existence in such way, and so will V5. Struggle is my default mindset, not something I fear. I embrace it, because if I wouldn't, we wouldn't be here. And to be clear, it's not a struggle to work on JD, I enjoy it, the struggle is my impatience and testing yours.

    So to finally end my rant, I declare community appreciation day as it is the community and it's awesome small group of key players sustaining the Dragon. Thank you kindly for sticking around and being awesome, I love you all!
    Posted 2 years ago
    1. You're welcome Ferdy, and well-said! And, no worries about finishing an update quickly. No one doubts your dedication or work ethic, and I'm sure it will be worth the wait :). Posted 2 years ago

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