A Little Help?

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This is an Off-topic post. Way off topic in fact. It’s also one that’s a little difficult to write. Like most people, I don’t much enjoy asking for help – but in this case I feel it’s worth at least putting a question out there.

For the last several years I’ve been lucky enough to work full time running web sites covering subjects I’m passionate about. iPad Insight, iSource (which was originally called Just Another iPhone Blog), and others.

I had been writing about mobile technology and running a mobile focused site as a hobby for a while when my life circumstances changed dramatically back at the beginning of 2007. I was diagnosed with a serious illness at that point. I lost my day job on the day I was diagnosed. I worked for a very small firm and they couldn’t afford to have any dead weight on board. As I recovered from my illness and became stronger I got back into writing and running sites. Again I was incredibly fortunate to be able to do that, because I needed to be able to work from home for health reasons.

I love my work. I’ve had to work hard to make a living at it these last few years. I work at least half of the day 7 days a week. I’ve taken 2 days completely off during 2012 and 2013 – for vacation, sickness or any other reason. I often work late into the evening. I often joke with friends who ask whether I actually make a living doing ‘that blogging thing’. I say it’s maybe more like ‘scrape’ a living than make a living – but again I have the huge benefit of being able to work from home, look after my health, and work at something that I genuinely love.

That’s a little background, or maybe too much background.

Now I’ve reached a point where ad revenues for this site have fallen and it’s looking like it’s no longer possible to do this as my ‘day job’ the way I run things now.

I could bring in more ad revenue by running different sorts of ads on the site. Those double-underline text link ads, popover ads, ads within posts, video ads, and so on. But I don’t want to do that, I never have – and I won’t do that. My goal for a long time now has been to continually look for ways to reduce and minimize the number of ads on the site – while still being able to buy my huge dog food.

Now I will look at a few possibilities. I may look for another writing gig to supplement this site’s earnings. I may just look to get another tech job – I worked for 15+ years in support, network management, and IT consulting. And iPad Insight may become more of a hobby site.

So, I’ve got a question for all of you, a bit of a request for help even. If I were to create a membership offering for the site, would you be interested in paying to be a member?

I haven’t worked out any details on that, but my initial thinking is that membership might cost around $2 per month, and that benefits of membership would be the warm, fuzzy feeling of supporting this site, a weekly email newsletter, and possibly a private bi-weekly Google+ hangout.

I hope some of you will take a minute and let me know your thoughts on this in the comments. I’ve also added a Paypal donate button at the bottom of the right sidebar – in case any of you would like to make a small donation to help support the site.

If I see there’s a strong level of interest in membership, then I’ll look at getting that setup and seeing whether it’s enough to keep going full time with iPad Insight.  If there’s not, I’ll still keep this site going – but it will become more of a hobby site. I’ll still love running the site, I just won’t be able to devote myself full time to it.

Apologies for the way off topic post. Thanks for reading.

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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17 thoughts on “A Little Help?”

  1. I usually understand only about half of what you write about so easily…but I feel that whatever I learn from you is well worth a “membership.”

  2. Absolutely would pay a couple bucks a month, or one yearly fee, to see you keep things going as they are.

  3. Shocked to learn about your illness!!
    1. Put google adwords, it is a great way of earning by working from home. I am sure that with popularity of iPadinsight.com and your tech background, you can easily promote your google adwords. I myself used to earn a handsome amount from google adwords, it’s started dropping as I don’t devote much time now.
    2. We don’t mind ads
    3. We are ready for membership fees

  4. I’d be willing to pay a small membership fee as well.

    I would also look into the Google Adwords option as mentioned by another poster.

  5. I wouldn’t mind a subscription fee. Just an FYI – saw some Apple postings for at home support jobs.

  6. This isn’t the most prolific site, but that’s part of the appeal. Always enjoy coming here and not finding another rehash of all the same news stories everyone else feels they have to cover. You’ve got your own little patch staked out and I’d certainly miss it if you felt you had to spend less time on it, so definitely prepared to support with a subscription.

    Hope you can find a path that works out for you. Good luck and thanks for what you’ve done here so far.

  7. Great blog. I read it every day and over time this blog has made me aware of several great apps, iPad hints and how-tos and accessories. Sorry to hear about your illness and I hope you continue to get well. While your passion for tech and this blog is clearly evident and the blog is indeed helpful to someone like me, I would rather see more ads than a membership or subscription fee. It seems as if everything is suddenly becoming subscription based and all those monthly subscription fees add up and for myself, I would have to carefully choose just a very few which I felt I absolutely wanted. To be honest, a blog – any blog, would not be in that short list. This in no way means that I do not place value on the time, effort and expertise you put into your blog. It is just a matter of reality for myself and I don’t think that I am alone in that. Good Luck and I will continue to read (and follow links from your site and sometimes purchase items from those links) as long as the blog remains as it is now.

  8. Membership sounds fine. I’m sorry to hear about your illness and I hope that every day you are getting better and better. If there is a way to do it, perhaps have a number of levels of membership, a basic membership with no frills and then an advanced membership with some special incentives. Take care of yourself!

  9. I feel really sorry about your illness. I am willing to pay for a membership as soon as it’s available. Thank you for every article you have written for the users of this site.

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