Update: 21 July 2020
We have just received confirmation that we have a very tangible agreement to keep the Bubhub going!
It’s not signed, sealed or delivered as that legal stuff takes times but we don’t anticipate any major issues.
I can’t say who until it’s all finalised, but it’s a community-minded non-for-profit organisation who are very keen to see the community survive & thrive. They are a large organisation with far more resources than we have.
We WILL NOT CLOSE THE SITE ON 22 JULY.
We thank you all so much for your support and kind words. Your depth of sentiment is one of the main reasons that organisations such as the one we’re speaking to feel that the site must be saved.
More info when we can. In the meantime, time to celebrate!!
Well, what a run we had.
What started as an idea in my brilliant wife’s brain in 2000 became the most popular parenting portal in Australia.
It allowed us to work from home, raise our beautiful family and help millions of parents in Australia and around the world
However, we’re now sad to announce it will close on July 22, 2020.
We’ve loved growing the Bub Hub and our family over the past 19+ years but we’ve been looking to pass on the business for a few years now without success. So it is time for us to move on.
But before we close the site on July 22 we want to thank some of the people who helped make the Bub Hub a success over the years.
The idea for the Bub Hub started when Hilary was pregnant with our eldest child (he’s now 19). She found that there was a lack of information on some aspects of pregnancy and a huge amount of information on others, but it was often conflicting.
She decided it would be great to create a site where all of the information was in one spot — so parents could make informed decisions.
We’ve always tried to make the parenting journey easier and a little more fun. The feedback and interaction with our viewers — whether parents, parents-to-be, TTC-ers, grandparents — over the years has been fantastic and we wish all of you the best moving forward.
Forum members and moderators
One of the reasons the Bub Hub has been so useful is the direct (honest) feedback parents and parents-to-be have been able to get from others in our forum.
The forum has provided a wealth of information on almost every conceivable parenting topic, it’s been a place anyone could go for advice and to understand that their current ‘parenting emergency’ has been around for a long time and that there’s no need to panic.
It’s been a place for virtual support.
The main reason our forum is a safe place is down to our forum managers and volunteer moderators who over the years have kept the Bub Hub forum a safe place for opinions to be shared and advice to be obtained. There have been lifelong friendships formed between our moderators and we love that.
We know our forum has helped countless people over the years and we sincerely regret that the service will be stopping on July 22.
For the first few years it was just Hilary and I, but we’ve had lots of staff since then and all have contributed to some extent to make the site a success. Thanks to our tech guys Jimmy, Barry, Ernie and Taylor, our sales staff Renee, Maddie, Emma, Daniel, Danella, Rachel and Charlotte, our office administrators, Kathryn, Kerri, Amber, Jamie-Leigh, Naomi, Cat and Belinda, our forum managers Rachel, Jenny, Julie, Nicole and Julie and our content editors/PR Rebecca, Jodie and Laura.Plus social media gals Philippa, Kelly and Brittany.
In particular we would like to thank our fantastic editor, Rebecca Galton, who is still with us and has been the Bub Hub editor for almost 10 years.
We will miss you all and wish you all the best in your future endeavours.
Blog and article contributors.
Over the years the Bub Hub has sent thousands of eNewsletters containing articles and blog posts on all the stages of the parenting journey.
We’ve worked with many industry leaders to get the most accurate information on important parenting issues. Something we recently did again to provide information on Covid-19 to our parents and parents-to-be.
We’ve also been honoured to run contributions from well-known parenting educators, authors and commentators as well as regular mums and dads who’ve chosen to share their stories and experiences with us.
We would like to thank all those that have contributed to this wealth of parenting information.
Advertisers and supporters.
The Bub Hub has always earned it’s income from advertising on the site, we’ve never sold products directly so, until the recent downturn in online advertising income, that allowed us to keep the site running. This downturn has contributed significantly to our decision to pass on the site to an organisation keen to engage the 132,000+ unique visitors that we get every month.
We tried very hard to provide good returns on any online spend and we worked with hundreds of small businesses, companies, non-profits, agencies, universities, hospitals and government departments of all shapes and sizes.
These were the institutions that supported us through advertising and allowed us to bring the Bub Hub to parents for so long. We thank you all for your support.
Hilary Lauder is the brains behind the Bub Hub. She is the mother of three kids (who are so far looking very capable). And she is my lovely wife.
Hilary built the site from a HTML text book, which is still on her desk, and did all the updates manually for the first 4-5 years before we moved to a database driven system.
Hilary is the reason hundreds of thousands of parents every year have had the information they’ve need to make the parenting journey easier and more enjoyable.
She has won a few awards for her work over the years (even got invited to meet the Prime Minister at Government House) and she deserves all those accolades (and many more in my opinion) for the work she has done to help mums and dads.
I am only sorry I could not secure an organisation to take on the Bub Hub website to keep our legacy going to help more parents into the future.
While it’s a sad way to finish, we will remember the good we did through the Bub Hub and the multitude of people who benefited because of the But Hub. We have had a great time over the past 19+ years and we are looking forward to the next chapter in our journey, whatever that may be.
So we want to wish everyone the very best and remind you one last time that every parenting journey is different. Take the advice that works for you and ignore everything else!
Brad Lauder, is about to turn 50 and has spent almost 20 years working from home with his wife creating a great business, raising a family and helping thousands of parents and businesses. He is one lucky so-and-so. He wished he could have organised to pass the Bub Hub on (he tried very hard) but looks forward to another 50 years annoying his wife and kids.