The most frequent visitors here may have noticed that last month we managed to exceed our bandwidth allocation twice, requiring upgrading our webhosting bandwidth quota twice. Lauredhel and I have discussed several times over the last year or so how to fund the space, at least to the point of covering hosting costs every month. Some extra for a biennal cross-continental get-together would be gravy. Enough for an annual meet-up would be super. Enough to have some sort of fee structure for Hoyden bloggers? Seems like pie in the sky at the moment, but I won’t actually cross it off the wish-list.
The pitfalls of generic web-advertising tied to keywords for feminist blogs should be obvious – we don’t want ads for the consumerist self-doubt industrial complex popping up every time we critique beauty culture as just one example. I am lucky enough to be able to afford the (fairly reasonable) hosting fees, and occasional advertising revenue from my comedy website (hosted on the same account) throws some bucks into the kitty. Still, enough of you have asked at various times if you can kick in something to help out (an offer that is much appreciated every time) that I’d like to throw the discussion open.
While I wouldn’t say no to advertising from ethical, progressive and feminist-ally enterprises on the site, I realise that there isn’t much organised out there. Even BlogHer ads are full of designer handbags and other consumerist products that feel wrong to me for this space. So outsourced ads that just display according to their generic algorithms won’t fly. I am however open to hand-coded weekly/monthly ad spots, should anyone want to negotiate such.
I’m not entirely sure why I shy away from a simple Donate button, but I do. I like the idea of supporters getting something tangible in return. One of my thoughts is to do some Hoyden merchandise on cafepress or similar (want to ensure a decent sizing range), using a graphic based on the old logo on the front and the tagline defining a hoyden on the back (or vice versa, if any design mavens think that would look better). Would anybody want a shirt/coffee-cup/badge if I made up such a design?