Hatstand Pro

Day 63. 64 pages, 30,172 words.

I’m considering levelling up the blog again. They’re offering me a slight discount, so two years of premium would cost €120 instead of €180. I feel a bit wealthy right now, but I’m just not sure if I need premium. Premium offers another 7 GB of storage but I’m not a third of the way to filling my standard 6 GB yet; they offer cool social media and video support which might be neat to try out; and they remove the banners and ads (which I haven’t noticed anyway – have you?) and provide the chance to pick my own ads, thus earning revenue somehow. Not sure. Ad space earns money for WordPress, obviously. WordPress loses that to me if I go premium, in return for that sweet €120-over-two-years score. And I make whatever I make from monetising the Hatstand. It would almost certainly be less than €120 over two years, because otherwise WordPress probably wouldn’t offer it and it’s not like this blog does a huge amount of traffic. I have a couple of hundred subscribers, three people who comment regularly and a few Likers who only show up when I use a specific set of tags so I’m pretty sure they’re bots.

The question is, do I want to monetise the Hatstand? I mean don’t get me wrong, I don’t think my principles stand in the way of making a buck. Selling out is very much my bag, baby. And I’m already providing advertisers with revenue apparently, even if I don’t see much of the ads.

I doubt I’d even break even on ad revenue vs. hosting costs, but it might soften the blow a little? Or maybe it would be better to just think of it as a premium ad-less offering for my readers, and take the other cool features that the price tag includes. It’s not ultimately a huge hit on my bank balance … and yet my brain is telling me, quite correctly, that it’s just the same sort of frivolous money-burning I always do when I end up with extra cash in my account. This is how capitalism works.

Let me know what you think about the idea. And as always, Like Share and Subscribe?

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy. https://hatboy.blog/2013/12/17/metalude-who-are-creepy-and-hatboy/
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1 Response to Hatstand Pro

  1. JonathanBloom says:

    I have multiple instances of adblock, pop-up block, and who knows what running at all times, so I rarely see any ads of any kind.

    I would consider, for a friend, turning them off on their blog to bring in a dollar here and there.

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