“Buy knowledge, and sell it not.” (Proverbs 23:23)
I love the process of creating this website. I love absolutely everything about it. But it does take a great deal of time, energy, and money every month to sustain it.
Over the years, I have struggled with how to balance these costs with my deep, internal drive to create. Do I charge for content? Do I pursue sponsors or advertisers? Do I just continue to let it be a fully self-supported pet-project that I 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 completely free and open – just give it 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.
- 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