[theforum] Update on evolt finances (and tin cup rattling)

Dean Mah dean.mah at gmail.com
Tue Aug 23 11:06:35 CDT 2011

Thanks for covering Dave.  I've kicked in for a monthly so hopefully
that will help.


On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 9:27 PM, David Kaufman <david at gigawatt.com> wrote:
> Hello Forum (I know you're out there -- I can hear you breathing!)
> I said...
>> So hopefully the next sound you hear will be me bragging that evolt
>> is fully solvent again, for the foreseeable future [...]
> Well, perhaps not *fully* solvent... I did manage to get ads on the list
> archives:
>  Here's an example:
>  http://lists.evolt.org/archive/Week-of-Mon-20110815/131624.html
> but after just a few days, they are not doing nearly as well as I'd hoped.
>  A couple of years ago, the list archives got ten times _more_ traffic than
> the browser archive, now it appears leo is garnering just about a *tenth* of
> the traffic that beo is getting.
> That's right -- the list archives went from serving like 100,000 page views
> a month to just a couple *hundred* a *day*, right now its on track for less
> than three thousand a month.
> So, not a lot of new revenue there...
> On the bright side though, my previous email inspired total donations to be
> twice as high this month than last month :-) so we're okay for the time
> being -- unfortunately we did not get commitments for any new *recurring*
> donations, but we can probably now coast through September and October.
> After that... barring the emergence of a couple new monthly donors... the
> only thing left I can think of is putting ads on weo as well.
> -dave, masking his horror

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