Happy weekend! What are you all up to? We’re taking the kids to the a Kids Film Festival today and maybe a kids’ variety show tomorrow, and tonight Drew and I have a double date with old friends. In between, I’ll be reading book #5 in my #25InAYear challenge. (I’m about halfway done and it’s due back to the library on Tuesday and I can’t renew it, so I have to make time to finish. Fortunately, it’s very entertaining.) Hope you all have a great weekend!
Oh, and a quick housekeeping note: You may have noticed additional ads in the forums starting yesterday – both on the desktop site and the mobile version. I tried this last summer and removed them after some complaints about their intrusiveness, but after a pretty abysmal year in site revenue — 2018 was the first time in eight years that my revenue didn’t grow and in fact dropped 20% — I need to try different ways of boosting revenue (without resorting to paid subscription, sponsored posts, and donation drives, all of which I find problematic in varying degrees). Thanks for understanding, and if you have some interest in the business of running a blog/digital indie publication and why you have or may see some of your favorite sites closing shop, this is a really informative and insightful read, as is this one. (One more note: I don’t plan to close shop any time soon! One advantage to never having made much money from this site and not employing a staff is that a drop in revenue isn’t as devastating for me as it is for some web publishers.)