This is my morning ramble from Asia while I am finishing my tea. Another company offered me a great affiliate offer and most people would have been “fuck ya!”, but I was not. The truth is that I can’t take money at the moment. This isn’t a business, this isn’t something that I am after solely for money. I am doing this to help others and build a megaphone. Sure, I would mind a little cash, but that will come later.
You don’t have to pay me for a directory listing or ad space. I don’t want to be that kind of site. I want to be a site that lives from merch sales, donations, or something else. Maybe I am naive at the moment and being too liberal. My sole focus is to build a membership and a reason for people to come back to the community often.
I should make it clear that maybe in a year from now I will have like a t-shirt sale or something to help spread the word and finance the server and other stuff. That’s not today though and I don’t want to play it off like I will never monetize the community. At this moment in time it’s not about that and I will never put adds on the site. I don’t want the site to be cluttered or look like money is the only reason to exist. I am a firm believer that if I build something awesome then the people will support if they want.
You don’t have to give me money for anything here. If you want to thank me for the effort then share the site on social or get a friend to signup. That’s how you can say thanks if you feel the need.
I will say that Nikki does get paid to help me on Twitter to bring in new members so there is a cost. I also pay about $70/month for the server and there is a bit of cost with other things like graphics and time. All of that will be covered down the line. I account for every dollar I invest into this project.
My goal is to be transparent and keep things rolling on with the community having a say. There is always that thought in the back of my mind that one day someone is going to tell me that I have to do it this way or that way. I just hope I don’t have to apologize for going back on the words I use today. I would imagine that many website owners go through this phase. I think I have enough ideas in my head to make it better than other forums.