We need your donations
Taking a page from the Cub Reporter, I thought I'd mention to all our loyal Goat Readers that, y'know, the economy sucks, cash is tight, and we could always use a little bit of money. Granted, ownership of the Goat Riders domain isn't particularly expensive. I know, you'd think there would be a higher demand for goatriders.org, but it turns out that I can pay for a year's ownership by working roughly an hour and a half at my current gig. Likewise, we have to worry about server costs - and while you probably spend more money at the bar every weekend than we spend on our server every month, hey, if The Cub Reporter is doing it, why not?
I will grant that the domain address of thecubreporter.com was probably a little costly. I'm guessing somebody had to cough up a quarter of a week's salary to pay for that one, unless they bought it straight from the previous owner, who may have jacked them for four figures. Not to mention the fact that they probably redesigned their website from scratch after departing "the clutches of MVN," and that sort of thing costs a lot of scratch, too ... probably ranging from $500 to $1,000 if they found an IT guy as nice as ours who'd give them a sweet bargain because they're not a professional company.
However, while nobody at Goat Riders is on the brink of retiring from mundane, daily work, we're not doing badly in terms of site revenue. As the Cub Reporter has apparently decided to do, we've decided to pretty much avoid the evil, soul-sucking ticket brokers who are so diligently raping the blogging industry - we only have one company advertising on our site, and that's because they're not evil or soul-sucking like the rest. However, like us, TCR do have Google Ads, unlike us they at one point seemed to have negotiated a sponsorship with a company like Motorola, they have other brands on their website, and they almost certainly have enough readership to probably earn an additional fifty bucks a month through impressions, and I might even be far, far on the conservative side there.
In other words, TCR is probably doing alright. Just like GROTA, just like View from the Bleachers - where Joe has worked his ass off to milk those soul-sucking brokers for every penny - and just like any number of other blogs out there, it's actually not too hard to cover costs and even have some money left over for advertisements and, often in my case personally, expenses-paid trips to Chicago in order to see a Cubs game or two.
But, y'know, we bloggers have to stick together. If TCR wants to have not just a charity drive but an April charity drive, who are we to tell them they're wrong? And, hell, why didn't we think of that first?
But, nah, we're not going to do that. It's tempting, but GROTA does pretty well for itself. Besides, if we ever want money from our readers, we'll just produce a post about all the Goat Riders memorabilia which you can purchase at our cafe press store - and oh, it's coming, believe me. Not to mention the fact that we'd just blow your donations on beer, spicy chicken wings, and maybe women if enough was left over.
Anyway, don't consider this a challenge. Let me preface this by saying that I'm not trying to be a dick. We're not asking TCR how they can't afford to host their website even if we were quite positive that they already can. We're also not saying that they shouldn't solicit. As fellow bloggers, it just came as a little bit of a surprise to us that the most read Cubs blog on the net - and, consequently, the one reaping the most benefits from per-impressions advertisements - would be telling their readers that they need donations to keep truckin' on.
But while we are not particularly opposed to their need to ask for donations, I for one am a little surprised that, based on their decision to call it the "April Pledge Drive," they're apparently planning on doing it again in May. And probably June. And possibly July. I don't know, maybe they're planning on actually paying their writers for their time, but that's just crazy talk. Who would do that, and why?
I digress, and, like I said earlier, I'm not trying to be a dick. Maybe they really are hard up on cash. Maybe it was tough to get back their web address, and they now owe Uncle Guido a lot of money. Maybe like many of our forefathers, they had to buy their freedom from MVN and the price was ridiculous and unfair. Maybe Ruz promised paid vacations to everybody. Maybe Arizona Phil blew their year's advertising revenue on a craps table in Vegas. (Sidebar: who would play on a craps table? I just don't get it... it's a craps table!) Maybe their server is hosting a ton of things unrelated to TCR and it's sucking the life out of somebody's wallet. I dunno. But don't think for a second that blogs don't make enough money to be self-sufficent. You could have a crappy, never-updated, never-upgraded blog and you could milk $500 a year - or more! - from various streams of revenue, he says as his readers scramble to blogger to create Cubs blogs of their own. I'm not sure why TCR needs donations, and I'm not sure if they really need them to begin with.
But, hey, if they can pull it off, more power to them. And, uh, Ruz? If you do happen to pay your writers for the content they provide ... ahem ... I'm available. Drop me a line.