I am very gratified by the number of you who have written very personal, plaintive, pleading emails, asking me to consider “keeping the site alive” for a while longer. Many of you have told me that if it is “matter of money” you’d be happy to donate to the costs of keeping the site alive.
It is NOT a matter of money.
Here’s a little secret…and something that should make you wary of donating to any site that says, “we need money to help pay for our server expenses.” Running a blog is cheap financially. There are loads of WordPress and GoDaddy Options out there that offer a full year of service, even with a ton of traffic, for between $100 and $500 a YEAR. Not per month. Per YEAR.
That doesn’t even cover the expense of one of my primary business servers (I have several) for my real business, for a month. Not even close.
What the REAL expense of running a site like this is about, is the expenditure of time (life currency) involved. I’m not sure anyone, except for those who do it, realize how much time it takes to play the game, write something that is cogent, deal with the deluge of comments and questions, and remain “one of the experts.”
When I realized that on some days, I was spending more time doing a post about the latest update and the ramifications of some FusterCluck by EA on game play, than I was on my core business, or raising funds for Buyijja, or golfing (let’s be honest…I still like to golf when I can), I realized that it had gotten out of hand.
It is like the old frog in the pot syndrome…if the heat is gradual, you don’t even know you are cooked until it is too late. Over time, it just became habit, eating more and more time out of each week.
But…all of that being said…I am considering at least a partial extension…at least another three months, if for no other reason, than I am realizing that I don’t have the time to give this place a proper burial.
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