OneFSO had rotated to a new, more stressful job and we don't feel right asking him/her to do this for us this year. We'll be using the campaign he/she set up and handed over to us last year but I'll be running the campaign this year.
We’ve allocated funds for Diplopundit's blog operation from last year's GFM campaign. The blog is funded for 12 months, until February 2016 so we do not anticipate shutting down the blog while we run the 2016 campaign.
A friend of the blog donated $1,100 towards the blog's operation after the GFM campaign last year. We have set it aside for 2016 but we still need to raise about $34K for 2016. We anticipate that the $6K gap will be made up through cobbled together revenues from various ads and affiliate sources.
Like PodiumCat says, the blog’s lifetime pageviews hit 3,344,474 this month (includes our old Blogger site). In 2015 alone, despite suspending operation for about 6 weeks, the blog reached 788,989 pageviews, over a hundred thousand more than 2014. We also had 201,212 returning visits for 2015.
If everyone of those returning visitors pitch in $1 each, we’d we able to operate this blog for four years without worrying much about where the next funding would come from. But real life, and life on the net is not like that. Your blogger is not cuddly and the blog’s appeal is not as wide as a blog that covers say, travel, celebrities or politics.
There were some suggestions to make the blog go by membership like ADST or have tiered payments like AFSA. We've explored those possibilities but eventually decided that we want to keep the blog as open and accessible as possible. We are also mindful that a good number of our readers and supporters value their privacy and do not necessarily want to highlight their support for us so a tiered membership or a different subscriptions scheme won't make much of a difference. We absolutely won't be sending out stickers for your cars :-)!
And so here we are for GFM II to see if we can keep the blog going for another 12 months. If successful, this will fund the blog from March 2016-March 2017.
If you find some value in the work we’ve done year after year since 2008, we hope you will continue supporting us in 2016.
Thank you --DS
NOTE: This campaign will be an "all or nothing campaign," which means, donations are "pledges" until the campaign meets its goal. If the campaign does not meet the goal, no donations are processed.
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- Jeffrey Gringer
- Edward Marks