Is This Worth It?

Posted Sep 02, 2021 8:35PM UTC

In the best shoot-then-aim tradition, I've only started to collect statistics about what's happening on OlderGay.Men. One jumped out at me: 107 members currently support us on Patreon. On the one hand: That's great! On the other: It's 0.1468% of our membership.

I don't want to sound discouraged. But if only 15 percent of one percent of you care to make sure this will still be here tomorrow, you have to admit that's not the most enthusiastic vote of confidence. On a crass financial level, it means that supporting members pay less than a third of our monthly expenses. I'm happy to continue making up the rest, but increased support would ease both my pocketbook and my worries about whether this is a worthwhile experiment.

So let me ask you:

  1. If you subscribe: Thank you!
  2. If you don’t… Why not?

I don't mean that as an accusation, but as a sincere question.

I understand that $5 a month is more than some of our members can afford. I understand that you may have other priorities — if it's a question of supporting the site or making your monthly contribution to fight childhood leukemia, please, forget about us. We're fine in that case.

But if you would support the site if only… What is that if only? What could we do to make you feel good when you see the item on your credit card statement?

I'd love to hear your thoughts. You can add them to the bottom of this article (or on this page), or you can write us directly if you prefer not to comment publicly. Thanks for your time.