Seeking Feedback from You

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

Access to this site and blog are free but of this digital abracadabra is not free to operate. While the kindness of the advertisers at right helps defray some of the operational costs, it does not cover all of my out-of-pocket costs. Income from links to associate accounts, like Amazon, make just a tiny dent in expenses. And operation costs can be expensive.

Over four years, I poured thousands of my own dollars in creating and supporting the Mirrorless Photo Tips blog with the end result being I could not continue to do so, despite limited support from sponsors and readers. As we prepare to migrate this and my car blog to a new host that will support SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Mirrorless Photo Tips will disappear from the Internet.

I have been supporting this and my car photography blog with the help of LensPen and Panos/FX but lots of cash is still required from my wallet. With Shutterbug going digital my income has taken a big hit and I’ve been thinking about ways to make this blog more self-sustaining.

One idea proposed to me by a gentleman on one of the car forums I visit is to add a VIP membership to the blog with the philosophy behind it being that access to all of the content on the site will not be worse for people who don’t join but will be better for those who do. You will still be able to see my Monday through Friday and occasional weekend post but VIP members will have additional benefits for a fee of $5 per month.

Here’s some of the additional benefits that are being considered:

  • Substantial discounts on workshops and mentoring sessions
  • All kinds of Free Stuff
  • Access to success-proven business forms such as Assignment Confirmation and Job Bid forms
  • Complete suite of model releases
  • VIP-Only events
  • Charter memberships will include the benefit of never raising membership rates
  • Exclusive items that will be available to charter members upon joining.

I have two questions:

Do you think this is a good idea? And… Would you be willing to pay five bucks a month for these extras. Just click Contact and say No or Yes. I’m going with the majority on this one but keep in mind that if “no” wins, I’ll continue the blog as long as I can afford it but when I can’t, it’s over.