I cut the last fund drive short to fix some things up on the server, because I don’t like asking for support when things aren’t running as smoothly as they ought to be. I fixed the server issue, and got a few other important things out of the way in the meanwhile. However, the fix cost money — the server now costs twice what it did before, and the bills are coming in.
At this point, I have a lot of time to devote to the site, and will for the foreseeable future. Some family issues have clicked into place and it’s looking like things are going to be a lot more stable on that front (although family stability is something of the Holy Grail for non-custodial fathers, so maybe I shouldn’t get too cocky). The only thing holding me back from pushing the site toward its potential now is the funding issue.
Current stats are about what they were for the last update, so instead of breaking that down again, I’ll let readers know how I’m going to spend my time on the site every day:
First priority is publishing content, whether it is my own or submissions from others. My hope is that I can bring the content volume back up to what it was at its peak (average of about 15-20 posts per week) while keeping posts both interesting and well thought out. If you’re a long-time reader, you know that I’ll continue to be pretty liberal about topics and points of view, as I view The Spearhead’s primary mission as publishing — that is, getting people’s thoughts out there. That is the purpose of the site, and it takes priority over everything else. As an avid reader and consumer of content myself, I like to think people appreciate that.
At this point, this content remains entirely free to the casual reader and web surfer. It draws in newcomers every single day, and I hope it influences some people and gives them cause to think about what’s going on in our society. I especially hope it gives them that extra perspective needed to grasp how absolutely backward some of the policies out there are, and how much of what is considered normal in the contemporary Western family is so radically wrong and unjust (for example, the state seizing children and making fathers pay for their terrible, crushing loss so women can indulge whims and fantasies with minimal hassle).
However, the content is not “free” for me. It takes a lot of work to keep it coming day after day. It takes both work and money to keep the site online and functional, and the costs come out of my pocket. Without support, I’d have to shut it down or radically curtail the content very quickly — neither the costs nor effort could be justified.
Fortunately, there’s been enough support over the years for me to keep my head above water, but no more, because I only ask for help when it’s needed. I figure that if I want to actually profit from this endeavor, I’m going to have to start selling content, and although I’d like to do that it would be a shame if The Spearhead had to go entirely commercial. That would detract from the site’s mission, and it would necessarily restrict the topics and intellectual freedom of the content.
So, if you enjoy reading the content here and want to see the site remain online, please send some support my way through PayPal or the mail (the donation info is in the top right sidebar). I’ve received some generous donations that have been real lifesavers, and that also were crucial to convincing me to put a lot of effort into the site, but every little bit counts. In fact, if every regular reader only donated a few dollars a month it would be entirely sufficient. So, if you don’t have much, don’t feel embarrassed about sending a small donation — it is definitely appreciated. Because I don’t have much discretionary income myself, I tend to send my favorite bloggers small donations here and there, and although it isn’t a great deal, I know they appreciate it.
I’d like to thank everyone in advance, because I can’t always do so personally, and assure you all that your support is deeply appreciated. Every single donation I receive reinforces my belief that this site is worth the effort, and gives me a sense of responsibility to readers. In particular, I’d like to thank those who have been in with The Spearhead for the long haul. It’s been humbling to see that there are so many men out there who care about these issues as deeply as I do, and that they count on me to be their advocate is both touching and an honor.
Thanks, friends. It’s been great so far, and I’d like to keep it going for a good while longer. With your help, that’s what I’m going to do.
William F. “Bill” Price (Feel free to keep calling me Welmer if you please — suits me fine either way)