I originally sat down to write this late last year, though as is always the case, life got in the way.
When I started this post last year, it was going to be a review of the past 12 months and a list of the best posts, etc.
Though, as time went by, I realised that I didn’t want to talk about what I had written last year, and write a post that was all about this site.
Which, when I look at it now, was stopping me from finishing it.
My Thoughts On The Blog
All in all, I am satisfied with how the blog is progressing.
While I don’t really promote it that much on social media, it is still getting views from it, and fairly good search engine traffic.
So, from that perspective, I can’t really complain.
The part that I am not happy with, is my contribution to it.
I feel that I haven’t given it all that I could have, over the past 12 months.
There were many articles that I had 3/4 written, then decided not to finish, or ones that I did finish, I decided not to publish.
That really does need to stop.
If I am spending time writing something that I am not going to publish, then I really am wasting my time.
And yours as a reader of this blog.
I have dabbled in turning this blog into a membership site over the years, though now it is something that I am going to be focusing more on.
I am moving to a membership model for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, is that it gives me an incentive to write and publish more posts.
Having 10 people waiting for me to write and publish something is a better incentive for me, than writing something that may get 50 views.
Now before people start jumping up and down saying that this is nothing more than a cash grab, and that I am doing the very same thing that I criticise others for, hold off on the condemnation.
Anything that is received from this site isn’t going to fund my lifestyle, or some world’s first project or anything like that.
Why A Membership Model?
It is a sad fact about this modern world that we live in, that almost everything that we do cost money.
And, sadly, things aren’t getting cheaper either.
Running a website is no different.
When it comes down to it, we all pay for what we read and watch on the internet.
We either pay for it by having our usage tracked so we can be shown ads that we might click on.
We pay when the websites write articles promoting something through affiliate links.
Or, we pay for it directly by paying for access to the site itself.
I am not interested in going down the influencer path, and promoting all sorts of products to readers for the sake of getting a few dollars. (I do promote the Brave Browser and Nord VPN, though that is more to help take the internet back, than anything else).
And, I am not a supporter of companies knowing who I am and what I have looked at online.
The only option left was to create a membership site.
What Will You Get For Your Money?
While I am not a fan those who have a site as 100% members only, there does need to be some content that is restricted to members only.
If there isn’t, then there really isn’t any benefit to people becoming a member.
While all the benefits haven’t been planned out yet, in the early stages, it will be forum access, members only articles, and an exclusive weekly email.
There will be other benefits, though they will come down the track.
Where Will The Money Go?
As I said before, none of the income from this site will go to fund my lifestyle, overseas trips or anything like that.
Membership fees will be used to pay for the expenses that this site creates, and any amount left over will go towards other vegan related ventures.
I aim to be fully accountable to those who become members. To achieve that, I will be publishing an accounts statement on the 1st of every month.
Whether you choose to become a member is entirely up to you, though I do hope you will.
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