Changes (but not really)
There are some changes going on, but you won’t really notice them. In a way they are fundamental changes with the overall direction to the site but again, you won’t really see them. What the hell am I talking about? And why the hell am I being so cryptic?
I may not have spoken too much about it here, but the overall direction of what I am doing here has been to build up something similar to a magazine in scope and feel. Or at least something similar to that. I don’t really want to deal with the hassles that come from a print magazine (aside from the idea that those are fading away as the world turns to digital). I also never wanted to deal with selling ad space. Sure there could be money to come in from ads but as we have seen on many other sites, pop ups are annoying as hell and people tend to ignore the side bar ads anyway. I don’t want to waste a section on something that would be annoying at best.
Aside from the annoyance of ads there are the sites that block content through a paywall. I don’t feel like that is something conducive to the sharing of stories. Which is what I am all about.
What I have found is a way that I can not only push the site forward while at the same time maintaining the fun of what already exists. I am now running the site via donation subscription. Wait… what?
In a word I have opted for a Patreon account. Patreon is similar to kickstarter in that it relies on crowdfunding. But instead of a per project campaign, artists can be supported monthly or based on individual works. In my case the service works very similar to a magazine subscription.
What this means to you, you can pay as little or as much as you see fit to support the site. There are rewards based on different subscription levels. By subscribing to the site you will be the first to see stories before they go live on the site itself. Subscribers have a bit of a preferred reader status. (Bet you didn’t know you could get perks around here did you?)