So Here's My Problem, Folks.
As you may have noticed, my blogging has slowed considerably. I want to blog more--daily, actually--and have been prevented from doing this because I have to work part-time jobs in addition to my main job to make ends meet.
A friend of mine advised, "Dude, make Butch Wonders your part-time job." I said, "That'd be great, but how?" She said, "You have 2000 readers a day! If each of them gave five bucks, Butch Wonders could be your part-time job for a year."
Dear readers, would you be willing to give a couple bucks to have a BW post every weekday? You could think of it as buying me coffee and a cookie to say, "Thanks for writing this blog, yo. I like it." That's right--excellent freakin' blog entries from yours truly. On a regular basis! What fun! And I could throw some prizes into the mix, too.
Here are a couple of polls to help me figure out exactly what to do:
Thanks for filling these out!
Thrilled to be figuring out a way to bring you the best in lesbian blogging,
6/2/2013 08:51:56 am
Do you need to cover the cost of hosting the site, or is it more to cover the time involved with regularly posting?
6/2/2013 11:58:44 am
It's mostly the time. I put a lot of work, and often research, into blog entries, and each usually takes me between one and three hours to write. I'm finding that my part-time jobs + my regular full-time job make it very hard for me to keep up with these *and* write BW. So I'm thinking about either quitting one of my part-time jobs or quitting BW. And I really don't want to quit. BW.
6/2/2013 09:00:16 am
Though I am not butch (definitely identify as feminine), I thoroughly enjoy your special mix of fun and seriousness on lesbian topics you bring to this blog. It would be my pleasure to chip in a few bucks yearly!
6/2/2013 09:13:17 am
I'm doing this on my phone and don't see a button next to each answer choice on the poll. Am I missing something here? I don't have a computer so I can't login and vote by computer.
6/2/2013 04:30:34 pm
It also doesn't work if you request the desktop site
6/2/2013 09:14:26 am
You should also sell BW tee shirts and stuff.
6/2/2013 12:00:37 pm
I do! Though I should definitely make more. You can check them out here: http://www.zazzle.com/butchwonders/clothing
6/2/2013 09:14:56 am
Forgotten side note- I LOVE that you're using Poll Daddy lol
Sorry. It said my comment posted even though i refreshed the page due to a glitch on my end :/ This is me finishing my comment:
6/2/2013 12:02:40 pm
That's cool--maybe I will. The subscription system might be a good idea, but I don't want people to have to pay if they literally can't afford it. I also don't want to quit my day job--I *like* my day job! I just wish it paid enough that I didn't have to work part-time jobs in addition to it.
6/3/2013 02:41:06 am
6/5/2013 10:42:59 am
Maybe, then, some sort of system where people who donate a certain amount, or "subscribers," get access to some sort of "premium content." Like, the majority of posts remain public to everyone, regardless of whether they've contributed or not, and one post a week or something is only open to "subscribers." I don't know, I'm not a blogger or anything, I'm just throwing out ideas. Good luck figuring out a solution that works for you! :)
6/2/2013 12:03:06 pm
wow, BW, I would be heartbroken if you couldn't keep the blog going! I know it's a tough economy out there. I totally would show some PayPal love, like even less than 50 cents a post, I figure that is 25 bucks a year or so well spent. I don't know about others but eating out and drinking certainly cost a lot and don't always give me the sustained pleasure I get from reading BW!
6/2/2013 12:05:41 pm
yeah sure I could chip in. Just dont make it a subscription where I am FORCED to. I can just butch up and donate.
6/2/2013 04:29:18 pm
Agreed. Plus also I'm sure this is a great resource for young butches who couldn't afford it, and frankly their lives don't need to be any harder. It would also be a lot harder to share links and thus raise readership and awareness. Donations are much better.
6/2/2013 05:36:38 pm
Money is tight for everyone. I'd like to say I have a life, alas I do not. I work and work and work and sometimes I sleep. But I'll gladly pitch in, seeing as how I don't have a life....I can always live vicariously though BW!
6/2/2013 10:39:09 pm
I would be happy to donate to continue reading what you write! If you choose to do donations through paypal you have the option of allowing people to subscribe and they'll be billed a monthly amount. I pay $2.00 a month to Shakesville.com and $5.00 a month to Greta Christina's blog, both via pay pal subscriptions that don't limit the visibility of their blogs, it's just an option they offer if readers are interested in donating for the work they do.
6/3/2013 01:11:32 am
I really like the blog and would hate to see it go. I'd have no problem donating $5 to make blogging more sustainable for you. I'd much prefer to have this based on voluntary donations than a subscription. I think that people tend to be pretty honest when given a sliding scale--that way you'll have some people making large donations and others continuing to read the site for free.
6/3/2013 05:28:47 am
As long as you would promise to keep it wonderful
Until I tried to write I had no idea how much time it took to create a post and follow through with it (or maybe I am just really slow). You would definitely up there with NPR on my list of cultural donations; I'd be proud to have a voluntary subscription to your site.
6/5/2013 09:10:52 am
I can't vote on my phone but I am totally in! Reading your blog has given me lots 'o laughs and deep thoughts over the last year. I would be sad to see BW stop posting :(
6/6/2013 06:51:35 am
I concur with Whitney -- i appreciate the insight you've given me into "the dark side". You've got a take on lesbian issues and a particular sensibility and gentle quirkiness that i greatly enjoy, and you've given me an understanding of the butch perspective that i haven't found elsewhere.
8/28/2013 12:15:23 pm
When I started http://lesbianpensacola.com, I had no idea how much work it takes to do everything for a blog. I currently have more than one job, and it's hard to justify spending the required time on Lesbian Pensacola to make it as good as it could be. I hope you come up with a solution that keeps you afloat-- for yourself and for us, your readers. FYI, Google ads aren't doing it for me. They're invasive to readers, the content is only somewhat controllable, and the profit is a joke. That said, a website I used to work for made good money off Google ads. Whatever you decide, good luck, friend. I'm ready to guest post for you again any time. :-)
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