October marks 5 years of Woody Boater. Shocking that for 5 years we have been able to do one or two stories a day on the community of classic boat lovers. We have covered just about every event out there, and made a pile of new and wonderful friends. We have reached millions of folks from all over the globe, and shared in the joys and sorrows of fellow Woody Boaters through out the year. Things here at Woody Boater are humming along, and more and more stories are coming thanks to a wonderful community that supports us all with great stories. We could not do it without that sort of support. Texx and I truly appreciate all the kindness, and friendship you all have shown to us over the years. As we have been drilling through the stats and running of Woody Boater though, one nagging issue keeps coming up. COST!
So here is the big question. Do we change Woody Boater to a subscription based website?
You might wonder why I am asking this in a public forum? Why? Because you are Woody Boater, not me, not Texx, Alex, Paul, Dane, Woody Gal.. All of us. This is yours.. We want to continue, we really do. So here are our options.
1. PBS.. We allow it to be an open site, as originally designed. To be a portal into the hobby for everyone! While asking for your support like PBS.. You get a lame hand bag with a donation… Maybe a special Tshirt that only contributors get.
2. A subscription model. For $10 – $25 a year you get to live like nothing happened and if enough of you cheap skates sign up we pretend like all is well.
These are the options I have been wrestling with for over a year. And honestly do not have a correct answer, this is not a source of income for us and probably would never be, but it sure would be fun to be able to see how it can grow.
Your opinion is much needed. HONEST 100% true feelings. If we get 20 of you saying yeah, thats not enough.. We need to really hear, here, from you.