Hi ‘Spillers – I’ve just sent an email to everyone I have an address for. This is what it says – would be good to get your comments here too.
Sorry again for the round robin email. I hope you all recall my email from March re the future of The ‘Spill?
We’ve now received the email from WordPress asking us to pay for our annual subscription. Again, it’s time to think about what we want to do about this. The subscription is £85 and Ali paid it for 2017.
After my last email we did see a spike in activity; new posts, regular commenting etc. Things have tailed off again more recently. It’s difficult to determine whether the readership is going down as WordPress has changed the way it counts views, but looking at the stats we have seen month on month decreasing number of visits and comments. The irony is, collectively we have published more this year than we did in any of the 3 years prior to 2017.
And yet, dear ‘Spillers, the place does still feel like it has life left in it, and when things look tough for some of us we do rally and provide virtual support for each other – there’s warmth there. But I do have to ask you all – do you think there is enough life for us to go on for another year?? If the answer is a resounding “Yes”, my next concern is covering the cost of the WordPress subscription in a fair way. Would you be willing to make a contribution to keep The ‘Spill going?
Let us know what you think by return – I’m going to stick this up at The ‘Spill as well. This place has been so welcoming to me and you all have such wonderful things to say about the posts, you provide insight, debate politely and willingly share your huge musical knowledge. It would be a shame to see that lost.
All the best,
Sarah, Ali & Carole