I have now been at the helm of Forgotten Fort Collins for 8 months. In that time I’ve spent quite a few hours pouring through old newspapers; flipping through maps, yearbooks, and city directories at the city Archive; and talking to people who have lived through a fair portion of Fort Collins’ history. I love what I do. I’m thrilled every time I come across an intriguing photo or a little known story. I love digging into first person accounts of those who have gone before us. And I love walking the streets of town thinking about all the people who have walked that way before me.
But all the time I spend, and any history books or online resources that I buy, are all coming out of my own pocket.
The Scoop Blog Network has a means of compensating bloggers through advertising sponsors. But Forgotten Fort Collins (at least during my tenure) has yet to pull in a local business that is interested in taking out advertising space on the blog. (Almost 2500 unique visitors checked out Forgotten Fort Collins during the month of October. If you’re a business owner and you’re interested in reaching those people, check out our press kit.)
And yet, there have been readers who have asked how they can support the work of the bloggers here at the Scoop Blog Network. We don’t charge a subscription fee to read our articles. So, because it was asked, we’ve decided to have a Thank a Blogger option this month. There are donation buttons on the sidebar of all of our blogs giving readers an occasion to donate as they wish. (Near the top) ———>
This also brings up the opportunity to ask your thoughts on long-term sustainability of community information in Fort Collins. Online content is (and has always been) in a precarious balance – and it’s either supported by advertising dollars or subscriptions. This is not a new challenge by any means, major publications all over are navigating the same predicament, but we’ve been constantly thinking about ways to maintain a sustainable balance while providing information in Fort Collins. So, who better to ask than our readers?
We would love to get your two cents – would you support seeing more advertisers on our blogs? Possibly from large companies outside of Fort Collins? Would you ever pay for a subscription for our newsletters? Or a membership subscription for exclusive content? Or would you support a few reader donation drives a few times a year, PBS-style?
Let us know what you think and how you would like to see community content supported in Fort Collins.
And thanks so much to our readers who’ve asked for ways to donate! We appreciate you tremendously!
For the “Thank a Blogger” ad above, I found an old advertisement online and changed it up a bit. Here’s the original in case you’re curious…