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I can’t believe it’s been 3 years since I started the blog. THREE YEARS!! Wow, the time has really flown by! In that time I have come to know many of you personally – people who I never would have met otherwise, and whom I treasure dearly. I’ve also come to know many of you virtually – we’ve never met in person but we’ve emailed, messaged, even texted, and I love it! Some of you have never reached out but I know you’re there, and I hope that my blog has helped you even a little. You don’t have to reach out to me or even LIKE me for me to appreciate your presence!
But now the time has come to make some decisions. Hard decisions, not come by easily or lightly…
I’ve been adamant since day one that my blog will be a FREE site, a place where those who love contests can come for help or encouragement, a sounding board, a source of information, or whatever people need it for. I’ve never wavered on that, even when people around me have shaken their heads and wondered why I don’t want to get paid for the work. For years I’ve had people tell me I’m crazy! Well, that is most certainly true – I AM crazy, but a GOOD crazy! LOL!
Now that my children are in school and the kids are costing more – classes, fees, clothes, etc (hand-me-downs are NOT cool anymore! Ugh!) – the pressure is on to earn some money. I could go out and get a job, but I still need to be available till 9am to take the kids to school, and be available at 3pm to pick them up. What kind of job can I do that goes from 10am till 2pm? Working from home is my best option – that way I can still do chores (and keep up to date on contests, of course!)
The thought of making people pay for my information makes me want to barf. I hate the idea. I feel bad, but I also feel like maybe I need to value myself more than I have in the past. I know I will lose a ton of readers, and for that I am truly sad, but I feel like maybe those who appreciate me will be happy to pay the piddly amount to have full access to the site?
So here’s what I’m planning to do:
FREE: there will be areas of the website that will be free, and everyone will have access to them. For example, the overview of the contests, the online entry contest posts, the Just Babbling section (rants, news, etc), and the Life & Parenting section will be available to everyone. I will still call you if you are on my list of names (which is over 200 people so far!) – that service will ALWAYS be free!
PAY: there will be a nominal fee (maybe $6 per month?) to subscribe to the website’s other features – the daily schedule, Keeping Track Of Guesses, etc. You will have access to all of the guesses, jackpots, choices made, names called, etc. There will be other perks for subscribers too – you’ll be in my inner circle!
Even though hundreds of people visit the site daily, it’s likely that only a small handful of people are willing to pay to see the posts. I totally understand, and I do not blame you AT ALL for not wanting to pay for it! In my heart, I know that you are all super appreciative of the work I do, and your appreciation has been what has kept me going all these years. But that just doesn’t pay the bills, and I really need to start earning my keep! Or so my husband tells me. LOL!
Are you willing to buy me 2 coffees per month? How about a Starbucks Caramel Mocha each month? That’s about $6 per month – let’s have coffee! Virtually or in person, I’m available (as long as the kids are in school!) Even if I only charge $6 per month, I’m not getting the full $6 – I have to pay fees and stuff for setting up and maintaining the paywall on my site, etc. The website costs me money each year too, of course. I’m sure I don’t need to make excuses or validate any of this to you – you are reasonable and intelligent people, and you know that this site costs money as well as time…
So please forgive me. I feel SO BAD, asking for people to subscribe!!! Even as I type this, I have a lump in my throat and a knot in my stomach. It gives me the willies, I hate it. But the thought of making even $100 per month from the site makes me feel happy – that pays for gymnastics class or school supplies or groceries. Yes, every little bit helps. So it’s time to swallow my pride and get on with it!
But not right NOW. It’ll take a few weeks to get it all set up and tested and iron out the bugs. So please continue to enjoy full access to the site, and let me know if there’s anything new/different that you’d like to see. I will keep you updated on the progress of the change in the daily schedule, so you’ll have plenty of warning before the changes take effect. I’d also love to hear how you feel about this whole thing, so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me have it!
And remember: I love you!!! I’ll always be here for you, even if you decide not to pay.