The future of The Volcanism Blog 25 February 2009Posted by admin in miscellaneous.
You may have noticed a small addition to The Volcanism Blog’s layout: a ‘donate’ button, up there on the right. It’s a sign of the times.
Such living as I make these days comes from freelance work of various kinds: editing, translating, writing, teaching. The latter activity never pays well anyway, while the others are the kind of thing that companies cut back on when times are hard. They are hard now, and the work is not coming in.
This blog is relatively time-consuming. If I’m going to continue putting into it the hours I have been over the last 14 months, and keeping the coverage and quality up to the standard which I would like, the reality is that I need to be making something from it. I’m open to suggestions as to how this might best be done, but for the moment it seemed simplest to put a tip-jar on the counter, so to speak.
The Volcanism Blog has been a success, and I am proud of it. Over 270,000 visitors have called in since December 2007, and it’s a rare day when it doesn’t see 800-1000 page views. When a high-profile volcano is up to something interesting, I get 2000-4000 visits a day. I want the future of the blog to be secure, and to keep providing the things those people come here for, but there’s a limit to what I can continue to do for free. So, if you like what you find here and you can spare a few dollars, euros or pounds, press the button on the right and drop them in the jar. Thank you.