|In the top of the right hand column is now a contribute button.|
- Say thanks for the effort I put into my articles.
- Say thanks for all the impartial advice I give out in the comments sections, as well as my artilces.
- Pay to ensure I will still do more review / opinion / painting / whatever articles.
- To help me out with my running costs with the Blog, because I am now incurring running costs.
Now I have to be brutally honest here, it wasn't something I'd actually thought of at all. So having somebody else say "hey Frontline Gamer I appreciate what you do, and would like to chuck some money your way to say thanks and to support you" was a bit bizarre. I've sat on this suggestion now for a few months, 6 to be precise, and in that time more people have contacted me to say it's a shame there's not a 'donate button', or a way I can make money out of my Blog. This suggestion has come up an awful lot. I'm sure many of you know only too well that I'm currently still unemployed, and as such am totally skint. This presents me with a number of problems, not least of which is paying the mortgage! But, for the moment we (Dr Brainiac and I) have got that just about covered at least. No, more importantly people like reading my reviews and articles, and given the current state of my finances I'm not really able to 'review' as many things as I'd like to. Plus, I dedicate a lot of my time to not only writing this Blog, but also communicating with everyone and answering questions, and it would be nice for that to be recognised, so I can keep on doing it.
|Ensure Tybalt has more stuff to test to destruction.|
I guess one way around this would be to actually get more pro-active with asking for freebies to review, but that leads me into difficult territory I guess. Does somebody then say, "ah yes we'll give you this to review, but we want a good score and an Approved by Cats award"? I mean I've been really honest about where my stuff comes from, and what I think of it all, regardless of whether it has been sent to me free of charge to review or not. I've been honest in my appraisals. I'm always open to a bit of free promotional stuff to review as well, and as you have seen recently I'm more than willing to share the 'love' with my readers and followers when it comes to 'free'. I'll make a commitment to you all here and now that I will continue to do so as well, for as long as I can keep this Blog going. But, it's fair to say I am now incurring costs, my reviews are picture heavy and storing those pictures costs money. Talking of my pictures I'd like to be able to make them better. I'd like to get some new equipment or software, and maybe even some photography training to improve the quality of my photography. It's been an annoyance to me that I'm so poor at taking snaps of stuff. It's an area I know needs improvement, but I feel it'll cost me money to do so, money I just don't have. So how do I get it?
|Help keep the Cats entertained|
|Princess Dinah Bear needs maor boxes to sit on.|
|Please help us to keep Poppy distracted... or she'll eat us!!!|
Not a lot really, it's just an experiment for now. I'm not begging for money off of anyone as I know times are tight for us all. But, I do put a hell of a lot of effort, work, time and passion into my Blog as many of you point out to me, and I've tried very hard of late to step up the professionality of what I do here, and I'll be striving to improve things even more. I do make regular quality posts and I'm working on having a good spread of regular articles soon, and I have a totally fantastic back catalogue of articles that acts as a really good resource, if I do say so myself! My Blog will always be free to view and access, I want to be clear on that. So if you think what I do is worth you chucking £5 a month or even $1 if you've found an article useful in the past, then I'd rather be 'owned' as it were by the people who use my Blog, and appreciate it for what it is. I just feel this is a much better option than having my Blog plastered full of adverts, etc. that could call my impartiality into question. Plus, as I say, if I was going to feel loyal or beholden to anyone I'd much rather it be you lot, my readers. So there it is: my next big experiment with contributions. Thanks for all your continued support, I'm fully expecting this to fall flat on it's face but I thought it might be worth a go. Please let me know what you think, as always I appreciate your thoughts and opinions. Peace out!