Over the years, I have struggled with how to balance my deep, internal drive to create this website, with the costs of time, energy, and money required to do so. Do I charge for content? Do I pursue sponsors or advertisers? Or do I just continue to let it be a fully self-supported pet-project that I merely dabble with in my extremely limited free time?
To be perfectly honest, none of these options ever fully appealed to me. On some deep philosophical level, I just never felt right about charging for content or selling space to advertisers. Yet I also didn’t feel it would ever become what I believed it could be without some sort of support.
So, I thought, why not make all of my content & ideas completely free and open – just give it all away. And make a way for readers to donate if they were so inclined. To make the site 100% reader-supported through 100% voluntary donations.
It was a scary thought. I wondered what would happen if someone stole my ideas or my content. I was called crazy and told that it would never work. But something inside me said to just do it anyway.
Was it a risk? Yes. But I didn’t see any better alternative. Or at least not any worse one.
So I pressed on. Silently building the container that would eventually house the 8 million things I wanted to share with the world.
And then I found brainpickings.org and Maria Popova. The first legitimate example I would discover that was succeeding in exactly what I wanted to do. Researching, writing, curating, and beautifully presenting a variety of interesting content. And doing it entirely donation-based, reader supported.
It is in this spirit, inspired by the simple elegance and brilliant eloquence of my counterpart Maria Popova, that I invite you to contribute to my website, and to hers, as well as to any others you may find valuable and worthy in the future.
More to come…
- Why not charge for content?
- Why not advertise or seek sponsorship?
- What’s wrong with self-supporting?
- Thoughts on Faith, Trust, & Creating something of Value