(Note -- I'm posting this again so it'll show up for RSS users. -- Mark)
Boing Boing has been growing really fast. If you click on the Extreme Tracking counter at the bottom of the page, you'll see we had 871,305 visits in March, a record month. In fact, every month is a new record month for Boing Boing. The truth is, we get a lot more visitors than the Extreme Counter indicates. Our raw web statistics show 3.5 million visits for March.
As a result, our bandwidth bills are going through the roof. If traffic continues along the projected curve, maintaining Boing Boing will become unaffordable.
We've been thinking about what we can do to survive -- and more importantly, survive in a way that keeps the award-winning spirit of Boing Boing going, so it works for readers and the editors.
We've brought in our friend and colleague John Battelle, one of the founding editors of Wired and the founder of The Industry Standard, to work with us. He's looking into a variety of ways to help us pay the bills and make enough money to re-invest in Boing Boing. We're considering a number of models - sponsorship, context-sensitive text-ads, etc.
If you're interested in this kind of thing, we'd like to hear your ideas for keeping Boing Boing alive and well. What interesting models have you heard of, or thought of? Are there any other Web sites you know about that have a nice approach for paying the bills?
We've opened up comments for this one. Have at it. -- Mark Discuss
Hackers tried to break into the World Health Organization earlier in March, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread, Reuters reports. Security experts blame an advanced cyber-espionage hacker group known as DarkHotel. A senior agency official says the WHO has been facing a more than two-fold increase in cyberattacks since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Additional $15M will go to third parties and nonprofits
The death toll in Italy’s coronavirus outbreak today passed 1,000. Schools throughout Italy are completely shut down, which is reportedly driving a surge in internet traffic as bored kids forced to stay indoors turn to online games.
In baseball, utility players often stay employed almost exclusively because of their versatility, their ability to slide effortlessly into a variety of needed roles and remain productive. Your current tech setup doesn’t need to work any differently — except that tech items are usually created to fulfill just one purpose. But if you want a […]
While all the downsides of stay-at-home orders and social distancing are evident, there are at least a few small silver linings to come out of all this. For many, this time spent indoors has meant a happy reintroduction to your very own kitchen. You know your kitchen. It’s usually the place that holds all your […]
Have you ever had more time to hone in on fine details than right now? Sure, at first glance, this might not seem like the time to get tripped up on the nitty-gritty of minutia. But how often are you ever going to have this much time to really stop and think about hows and […]