It’s been a touch over a year since I launched the paywall and removed all ads from the site. I’ve checked in to let those interested know how things are going, but for an update: it’s static. When I started the paywall I had 250 members after a month, and today I have 246 members. I’ve only ran one promotion (I sponsored Rocketink.net for a month) and done nothing much else to promote that people should become members.
What I want to do now is two things:
- Ask for your support. If you know of someone who might enjoy the site, send them my way and, if you can, support the site by becoming a member.
- Send me an email telling me something you would like to see more of, or any advice/ideas you have for the site. Anything goes, I’ll read them all.
This wouldn’t be much of a membership drive without a giveaway, so all members will be entered into a contest to win some great swag — well actually just one prize: a backpack.
Boring right? Nah, because I am entering you to win the best backpack.
The winner will get to choose between the Goruck GR1, SK26, Radio Ruck (a good choice for women), SK20 (ditto), or the Tom Bihn Smart Alec with a Vertical Brain Cell for your laptop. ((I’ve reviewed most of these, with exception to the SK line and the Radio Ruck, but I have no doubt those are also excellent bags. The SK26 is on my to-buy list in Pinboard.in. If you win I’ll get in contact and you can let me know then, or quiz me about the bags.))
There’s just one winner because I am not getting these prizes for free, I am buying them with my own money as a thank you to all members. ((I thought about getting a bunch of stuff for free to giveaway, but in the end that’s just a different form of advertising and didn’t feel right to me.))
Thanks for your support and here’s to another year.