So, rather than keeping these types of posts locked in permanently, to the point where it becomes easy to ignore (or be irritated by), I’ll issue weekly or bi-weekly updates and just let them flow down through the storystream on the front page.
It’s been more than a week since the last update — you may have noticed there’s been a little bit of off-the-field news — but since last check-in, we’ve gotten a decent boost.
We’re now at 58% of our original budget level. Still, we could use your continued or additional support to continue trying to operate the site at full strength.
While I inadvertently deleted my original pledge push post, some of the original text appears in original form here, and is reproduced as a sidebar in this post.
So, anyway, here we are. Although we’ve made it past halfway to our desired goal when setting up outside support for our site after our budget was cut in half, it would be nice to get a second wind of support as well.
We have been given enough initial support to only affect a portion of staff here, the so-called heavy hitters. Year of the Hamster’s Deputy Editor position was eliminated, representing about a third of the cut. Darren Jackson’s lead voice position was eliminated, about a fifth. My own pay was slashed about 40%. Those three cuts pretty much accounted for everything that’s lost, and unfortunately, for the people who turn the lights on every morning, it’s a bummer.
But looking ahead, hopefully there’s momentum to get us pretty quickly back to where we were and perhaps beyond, so we can add additional coverage and features.
As of now, nothing will change about the site. (And it certainly isn’t in danger of materially going away.) Technically, we’re required to post very minimally due to the cuts — SBN is not demanding the same or more work for half-pay — but as I’d said before, I’m fighting back. We’re still going to provide everything you’re accustomed to here over the past year: gamethreads, recaps, minor league updates (more detailed than you’ll find anywhere), unique photos, previews, and features.
We’ve got the groovy new Breaking T partnership going with the Tim Anderson tribute T-shirt STICK TALK, as well as the Eloy Jiménez masterpiece PINWHEEL POWER, which is a great way for you to support the site, as we get a little tip for you clicking the link and buying, and you get some groovy gear in return. We’ve also put together a post with random, cool White Sox items, where any purchases made will similarly help South Side Sox.
We’re moving forward with a couple of additional ideas as well, store items that ideally will give us an even bigger chunk of the action.
Interest is so far low in a weekly Q&A fueled by supporter questions, so we’ll see where that goes. However, the Slack editorial board is up and running. here, with questions provided by site supporters.
Eventually, this article, running weekly or bi-weekly, will settle in at a sort of monthly status check-in thing — but that’s only once we’re back to our original budget. There’s still a sense of urgency for South Side Sox to run the way you’ve become accustomed over the past year-plus.
Please, think about what you can do to aid South Side Sox. I appreciate your consideration.
Thank you for your support!
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