January 09, 2008
More about the site
Just a short note regarding the hundreds of emails that I received from Grow-a-brain readers in the last few days, including from many web-friends that I’ve known for years. I am really grateful for all your writings & the sentiments expressed. I will respond to them soon (Maybe over the weekend when my girl is at work…) Thank you all again, it’s very touching to feel appreciated.
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Sorry to hear of your departure however i know how you feel. I have been making only about $25 a month from my jukebox software and that is since i started charging $25. Before when it was just donations i wasn't even making that. I too would love to live off that web project but the money just isn't there and some people even had the cheek to tell me i was wrong to start charging $25. Regarding this site, I do try and post comments when you have an article i find interesting. Sometimes i don't have anything interesting to say.
Posted by: Barry Barcrest at Jan 10, 2008 12:55:47 AM
Although I'd miss grow-a-brain very much, especially as part of my morning ritual at work, I'm intrigued by the idea of you doing adult content. If your taste in that area is as alternative, diverse and interesting as your current posts I would bet you'd do very well. Most of what's out there is the same tired, predictable mainstream trash and it's hard to find unique content in that department.
Can't wait to see what the future holds for you,
Posted by: jeff at Jan 10, 2008 6:49:10 AM
Whatever you decide to do -- and I think a lot of us would follow you into other areas of content, nudge-nudge -- thanks for the many years of outstanding content. "Often imitated, never equalled," as they say. :-) Best of luck with your future endeavors!
Posted by: mike at Jan 10, 2008 9:08:12 AM
I love grow a brain. LOVE IT. IT is one of my daily traditions and I enjoy the various links, images, random bits of info, new sites, and humor that I receive from it nearly every time a page of grow a brain loads.
Please don't go. PLEASE.
heidi the librarian
Posted by: heidi at Jan 10, 2008 12:50:34 PM
But, I just discovered you! Very sad to hear that you are considering closing down growabrain. I just found you a few weeks ago and you have quickly become a daily habit for me, not to mention the very intriguing places I've gone from your jumping off point. I adore your quirkiness. As for making it pay, I definitely think you have 'content' worth paying for ~ not sure about subscribing (although it would be more stable for you), but a paypal button for ongoing one-time donations would work for me. Maybe offer both subscription AND donations? Hope you can work it out, cause I am REALLY gonna miss you if you go.
Posted by: penelope at Jan 10, 2008 3:11:03 PM
Donations do not work, the majority of people will not pay for something they can get for free. At least that was my experience, switching to paid model didn't really help either. A hardcore handful of users will pay you multiple times but the majority will just go elswhere in search of something simular for free. What you could do (Need to alter your software) is allow users access to a limited number of links per day.Say 5 links, after that they need to become a paid up member. This you could do be requiring a login and then upgrade peoples accounts if they donate. However realistically i think you need this to be a nominal charge like $10 a year or 6 months. It has to be nominal so people will not really think about the sum involved. If you have the volume of traffic you say this might get you the sort of return you want. Those that don't pay wouldn't no matter what you did, however they will still have access to a limited number of daily links.
The other thing you could do is put some google adsense ont he page, the returns are not great from that but with the traffice you are getting should at least provide some other revenue stream.
Posted by: Barry Barcrest at Jan 10, 2008 4:02:11 PM
I second the suggestion about adsense, just because it's so quick to do - and with that many people, it's bound to add up to something. Hope you come up with an answer - I can understand that after doing it so intensely for so long, you could start to feel frustrated at the lack of reaction - it's a bit eerie to have such huge crowds shuffling in and out of your site in silence - but it doesn't mean your work isn't appreciated.
Posted by: Emma at Jan 21, 2008 8:14:49 AM