At the end our recent item about José Regueira we thanked him and his sons for their continuing support of this site. Without any need, they, and other sponsors, buy advertising space on JimenaPulse and other sites as a way of contributing to their (and our) community. When was the last time you contributed to your community?>
Advertising is our only source of income and with things as they are, our sponsors are increasingly unable to spare the cash it takes to advertise here, which is only €20 per month per advertiser. As you might imagine this does not add up to much considering the amount of time we spend trying to keep you, Dear Reader, abreast of the news.
But we have alternatives: to ask you not only for your donations (click on the ‘thermometer’, which has not moved since March and amounts to a mere €216 since we began this site in March 2007, or €0.30 per week!), but also to ask you to subscribe to JimenaPulse. This would mean you would not be able to access most of the information the site contains unless you paid for it. We’re reluctant to do this because we are aware that there are those who rely on it daily and may have difficulty subscribing – but we’re having difficulties surviving, too. Another alternative is to close down the site altogether and work on other more lucrative projects requiring the time we now spend on keeping you informed.
However, we have an average of 412 readers per day (up from 218 at the beginning of the year – not bad). What we call our ‘core readers’ amount to just below 300, readers who check on the site at least twice a week. Not all would have trouble paying-to-read. An annual subscription of €20 (or a mere €0.18 per day) is not far-fetched.
Previous appeals like this have elicited comments good and bad but very little money. We are therefore having trouble paying our bills – particularly the phone, attached to broadband and without which, no news. But we’re not talking about large sums, just normal household bills. Yet in order to expand our coverage to other nearby areas, to update your site, to make it better, we need more than that. Not everything on Internet is free.
And, pleased and grateful though he is, buying Prospero a coffee every so often doesn’t pay the bills either – he’s not at all ashamed to receive a donation in hard cash anywhere in the street because he feels he deserves it.
It’s up to you.
(If you prefer not to donate via PayPal, allegedly the safest way to do so online, please send us an e-mail and we’ll tell you what to do. We will not do this on an open site such as this.)