Our initial goal for our little blog was pretty simple: Discuss the craft of writing fiction with other aspiring writers, and pick the brains of any publishing professional who would allow us to do so. We’ve continually been blown away by the response and how we’ve grown. And we love our unboxed communities–here, at Reader Unboxed, and on Facebook.
But we’re at a crossroads.
We want to grow the sites, for them to be all they can be, but we’re also finding that we simply don’t have enough resources to do it all. We need to duplicate ourselves somehow, so there are more hands to do all that needs to be done. And we’d like to find a way for the sites to generate some income so that when our server crashes (as it did last week; you may have experienced difficulties with the site), or if we’re hacked (which has also happened), there are funds on hand to cope with what needs to be done.
We’re trying to find ways to make running the Unboxed sites more tenable. Because you’re our greatest resource, we’re eager to hear your ideas. We have a few of our own that we want run by you too. Please feel free to mention anything in comments you think we should consider or that might help us, or send us a private note through our contact page.
We’re in need of an assistant of some sort—an intern possibly, or a paid Virtual Assistant who can help with daily administrative functions. If you have experience with Virtual Assistants, have referrals or recommendations, we’d love to hear about it.
We’ve spent a pretty good chunk of change on Writer Unboxed over the years, and more recently Reader Unboxed. We’ve always resisted putting ads on WU because frankly we don’t like them and we were never in it for the money. But if we decide to hire a Virtual Assistant, we’d like for those funds to come from revenues generated by the blog. How to do that?
- Option 1. We could put ads on WU, and keep them to a minimum.
- Option 2. We could initiate a Kickstarter fund. A fundraising drive would allow us to keep our spaces ad-free while giving us enough revenue to fund our new server and hire a Virtual Assistant.
- Option 3. We could add a donate button to our sidebar.
- Option 4. We could make WU a subscriber-only site. (Our least favorite option.)
So, there it is. We’re eager to hear from you on any and all of these issues, not only to keep WU going but to keep ourselves going as well.
Write on, and thanks!
Therese and Kathleen
Photo courtesy Flickr’s Rosa Menkman