We opened up the Store about a week ago. Got our first order of shirts in, ready to mail out. But – so far – no one has bought one.
No big deal. If the concept sucks, it sucks. We only ordered up a fairly small batch to test the waters/gauge interest. Worst case, we’re out a few hundred bucks – but will never run out of “Throw it in the Woods” T shirts for ourselves and family members!
We’re gonna give it a month and see what happens.
I posted a brief note yesterday about site finances. The donations are ebbing. It’s not critical, but we are concerned that things are beginning to taper off. That’s the Catch-22 about a reader-supported model. It’s wonderful to have that direct relationship – and also to not have the site littered up with sales pitches (to say nothing of Google sales pitches). But the downside is having to regularly pass the proverbial hat in order to equalize the outlay relative to to income.
Like rent, come the first of the month, we have another bill for servers. Plus the need to compensate the people who do the work to keep the site up and working (that’s Dom) as well as Your Humble Narrator.
We’ve made it exactly one full month without Google – without losing our shirts.
So, please, if you’re interested in a T-Shirt, buy one!
And if not, please consider sending $5, $10 or $25 dollars – gas in the tank, to keep the motors runnin’!