OK, so I am back and have read your comments and ideas.
First, thank you to the fellow who donated 60 bucks using the site’s paypal donate button. That was extremely kind of you. Also thanks to the guy who sent 10 bucks, very generous SIGMA males.
I mentioned the work that goes into the site in the last post. It is time-consuming and is a full time job. That is true. I spend around 10 hours a day, every day, doing things that end up as content. Reading for research, writing, gathering pictures, looking through news stories, digging through old books looking for some topic for inspiration, shooting ,testing, trying to find ammo, trying to get a new gun from some company, talking to gun companies who often string you along for weeks just to decline when they see I won’t just be a yes man for them. Answering emails, trying to get some companies to buy some ad space, approaching Vietnam vets about doing interviews and exchanging emails with them, then the interview itself, etc etc etc. It’s a lot of shit to do. No it is not digging ditches, but 10 years of doing it every day takes the pure joy out of anything. Know what I mean?
I see a lot of you expressed willingness to donate to the site but haven’t yet for one reason of the other. This has always been my experience with the donate feature. A lot of people say they will, but never do. I call it “tire kicking.” Now I am not picking at you, I just bring it up to make another point. That is the reason for my thinking on offering paid exclusive content on another site like subsatck or patreon. At the very least, if no one subbed to it over on one of those, at least it would be behind a paywall that stopped the dozen or so websites that rip me off every day from getting it after all the work I put into it.
Some of you mentioned I should remind you about donating every article. Yeah, I hear you. And I can tell you right now after about 3 days all I would get is bitching about how all I do now is E-beg or shill etc. ” shawn just E-begs like a E-whore now and he has ads on the website already!!” I know it wouldn’t bother a lot of you regular commentors, but a lot of people would be bothered by it. They would be bothered BIG TIME.
Take a look at the comments in the press releases if you doubt me. Those are just industry announcements they send out to everyone, and we get bitching and moaning about how its “paid promotional content” and not articles. The site gets no money from the industry press releases we republish to show what is new.
Why do them? Because I can’t buy every new thing that comes out to review, and I don’t have a relationship with the vast majority of those companies anyway. So it’s doubtful they would send it for review in the first place. I’m too honest in my reviews, and shit tier companies don’t like that in a gun writer.
Some facts about the amount of readers/visitors every day.
5 days a week, the stats show that there is a minimum base of loyal readers who visit every day. It’s about 2500- 3000. Those people always show up. More than that come to the site, but that is like the loyal foundation so to speak. We have hit as high as 10,000 a day sometimes, but those are days when some post goes viral all over facebook or a couple of gun forums. They probably show up because their panties got in a twist about something I said about PSA or M14s or some big news story I am quick to get posted.
So anyway, the point I am getting to. If even half of that 3000 loyal visits a day donated 5 a month, imagine what I could do for the site and you guys. Stuff you always wanted to see tested or done? I could do that. Any stupid idea you had about what I should do ? I’d certainly humor that request. Hell, I would even think about considering pretending to tell Duncan I would pay him a dollar a month. I wouldn’t, but I promise I would think about it.
It would be a tremendous help if that half even gave 1 dollar a month. Unfortunately, they won’t, so that’s the reason for asking for something like 5 or 10 a month. Just like the US tax system, the lazy benefit from other’s money, lol.
John, I think it was, suggested a fund-raising every few months. I really like that idea. I like that better than patreon or substack. I think we will do that early next year. Until then, I am going to ask you to donate. 5 or 10. Or, more if you want. I’m not going to turn it down.
Like I said before, do you feel like you are getting 5 or 10 bucks worth of value from the site?
As for the donate button. If you scroll down your phone with your thumbies, you will see it there. It will look like the phone screen shot below. If you still can’t find them, the paypal email address to donate to is email@example.com
I don’t want to have to move over to other platforms and if you guys donate, I won’t have too, so lets see how this goes the next few months.
If you are using a laptop or whatever, scroll down to see it in this place on the front/home page.