There won’t be more straight-forward post on the site than this one.
As some of you already know from the comment sections, a handful of readers have already chipped in to help support the site/me for this season.
I haven’t begged anyone for donations and only place a PayPal button in the right sidebar instead of oppressive advertising that you probably encounter on most other sites you browse — including the old SouthOrangeJuice site.
Do you consume a ton of the content I put out but don’t have the extra cash?
Totally fine, no worries. Retweets, Facebook shares (you’ve liked the page, right?) and word-of-mouth are great ways to promote without currency.
Are you a regular reader who hasn’t donated and hasn’t promoted, contributed, or shared in some way? Well, that’s not exactly fair.
It’s impossible to put a number on the hours, but my social life is very minimized from late October to now (5-plus months) and this site amounts to a part-time job that I don’t reap any direct revenue from.
In the spirit of full disclosure, below are my bare-bones travel expenses just from the trip to Denver. This doesn’t include the $300 I’ve spent in domain name + hosting costs ($150 from last March to this March and $150 for the upcoming season) nor the $15-30 per game in transportation costs. So we’re hovering around $1500 for the season.
I’m not trying to make you feel guilty, since I voluntarily set this site up and dedicated time and resources to making it happen without your consent, but by now you know this is a unique site.
How many other semi-professional quality outlets present zero ads, are run by a single person (with a big assist from site photographer Wendell Cruz) and openly disclose operating costs?
All of the feedback and interaction both on the site and on social media make this worth while — else I’m basically talking to myself — but I think it’s only fair for regular readers to chip in a few bucks to at least cover the costs as a community; I’m not looking to make a profit by any means.
As of tonight (3/21/16), I’ve received $690 (more like $630 when taking out PayPal’s transaction fees) since this site has gone up last March. $350 of that total has come from one person (you know him as LBP on here). I can’t thank Leon enough.
UPDATE (3/22): Close to $790 has come in since last night, meaning this year’s costs have been covered. If you were thinking of chipping in, no need!
UPDATE (3/23): Another $350 has been added to last night’s total, putting us a little beyond this year’s costs. Incredible. Does this mean I’ll be traveling to the Orlando Classic in November/December?
If you want to help cover the rest, this is your chance.
Take care and thank you for a great season.