I haven't held a membership drive in quite some time, so here we go. As most readers know, there are two funding sources for this site: affiliate revenue, and membership revenue. On an average month I make about 70% of the money for this site from memberships.
Reviewing things not only takes me considerable time (even just finding things which might be good to review), but it also costs considerable money. I only receive items in exchange for a review about 30% of the time — the remainder of the time I am left spending my own money on these items.
I estimate that it costs me about $600/mo to find and buy the things I review over the course of the year. Many of those items I buy may never end up on the site, because they are piss poor. I have tried to stay clear of reviewing shitty things and as such it seems crazy I might spend that much money when I only end up posting reviews which add up to much less money. However, not only do somethings not make the cut, there are other items I sometimes have to buy so that I have a basis of comparison for writing a good review — I can't just try one pair of travel underwear and call it good.
Your membership supports all of this.
I am still humbled by those of you willing to support this site financially and so it is not easy for me to outwardly ask for more support. But I am.
And I have a giveaway.
New members must be signed up by May 24th, 2016 at 5:00pm PST to be eligible. (All current members are eligible for the giveaway without taking any further action.)
Here's what I am giving away:
- 1x Keyboard Maestro License ($36 value)
- 10x Ulysses Stickers (Priceless)
- 1x Ulysses for Mac License ($44.99 value)
- 1x Ulysses for iOS License ($24.99 value)
- 2x One Year Passes for Cloak ($99 value each)
- 1x Tom Bihn Daylight Briefcase ($80 value)
That's a hell of a great list. I'll select a random grouping of winners and then ask for a preference as to what each person wants. From there I'll raffle the items to each person who wanted them.
I don't like those spammy posts about becoming a member to sites, or anything of that nature. All you have to do is be a member. If you choose to pass the word around, I would appreciate it a lot, but it isn't required.
As always, thanks for being a reader. Your continued support of this site is actually what keeps this site going. I couldn't do this without all of the members, and I am very grateful and humbled that you are willing to pay to support this site.
Or read more about becoming a member.
Big Thanks to Giveaway Donors
My thanks to:
- Stairways Software
- The Soulmen
- Standard Luggage
I've known most of the people behind these companies for quite some time now, and all of them have been very supportive of my site — regardless of anything bad/good I have said about them in the past. Truly great companies.