So, rather than keeping these types of posts locked in permanently, to the point where it becomes easy to ignore, I’ll issue weekly updates and just let them flow down through the storystream on the front page.
Anyway, support has stagnated as of Opening Day, which is disappointing. For as terrific as the spring training push to replace our missing budget was, response since has been grim.
We’re stuck at 51% of what we need to keep the site running 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 made it just 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 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.
I have a couple of additional ideas to get off the ground as well, store items that ideally will give us an even bigger chunk of the action.
Pending interest, we’ll start kicking off a weekly Q&A here, with questions provided by site supporters. And consider this the first of the monthly site updates that will include thank-yous to everyone who has helped out.
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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