Like a Public Television pledge drive, this is somewhat a repeat of my last subscription request, but unlike a pledge drive it hasn't happened for ten months and it won't last for a week. It won't even interrupt your entertainment.
I dislike sounding like a Public Television spokesman, but if you like what we're doing here, please consider purchasing a paid subscription to help keep things going. If you're already a subscriber, thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
I know that some of you probably think I'm rolling in it, what with Marteau and all, but Marteau isn't on the shelves yet, I won't see revenue from it for probably a couple of months, and I haven't had a day job since December '07. I've spent literally all of my time on WS and getting Marteau off the ground. That adds up to a lot of private loans, strained friendships, service interruptions, and cut-off notices.
A number of important projects have been delayed, such as the Absinthe Chronicles podcast, distributing educational materials for members of the trade, such as bartenders, serving staff and managers, and legal research in the work toward assuring a legal definition for absinthe. These last are especially vital to protecting the integrity of absinthe as a spirit category.
As a producer, it's appropriate that I should gradually take a less central role in administering WS and allow other talented and expert members to step up. I'd like to be able to pay writers and editors and a techie or two.
As I said, I don't like to ask for money, even when it's necessary. WS was conceived of as a free service and I'd like to keep it that way, but revenue is necessary to sustain and grow the organization. So I've developed a cunning plan.
Hiram's Cunning Plan
We'll continue to take subscriptions for the remainder of 2008 and throughout 2009. New Year's 2010, we'll add up all of the revenue WS has ever earned in subscriptions, I will personally match it, and we'll donate it all to a worthy cause to be determined soon.
In your Control Panel there's an area where you can select a membership package that fits your budget. I know that our membership spans the entire economic range from flat broke to quite-comfortable-thank-you-very-much, so if you're totally strapped don't sweat it, just have fun, but if you have some spare jingle, it'll sure help the cause.
There are standard and anonymous options for each level. The standard option displays an icon in your profile and changes your member group to reflect your subscription level:
Bronze: Silver: Gold: Diamond:
Thank you all for your continued support!
Edited by Hiram, 06 December 2008 - 02:45 PM.
Added new subscriber icon options.