Why you should be a ScoutmasterCG.com Backer
I started writing the Scoutmaster Blog in 2005 with little idea of where it would be today (can it be ten years ago?). I published the first weekly Scoutmaster Podcast in 2010 and the 300th will publish very soon. I truly appreciate readers and listeners expressions of thanks and support.
Several thousand folks read and listen each day. What began as a simple blog ten years ago is now a full-time occupation.
I devote many hours a week to producing content and answering email. All of this will remain freely available to everyone. As the audience has grown so has the amount of time and resources required to keep things rolling.
If you are a regular reader and listener, If the information, inspiration, and ideas offered by Scoutmastercg.com have helped you, help keep things up and running by making a one-time contribution.
Funds from backers go towards the expenses of producing and publishing the blog posts, podcasts and videos that are a valuable resource accessible Scouters all over the world.
I’m pleased to offer these premiums in return for your backer payment:
Receive an autographed copy of my newest book;
Receive an autographed copy of The Scouting Journey.
Receive autographed copy of Thoughts on Scouting.
Send a Backer payment without receiving a premium.
To get multiple copies of any of my books at a discount go to this page.
My books are also available at Amazon
As I say at the end of every podcast, it’s just me!
I am not sponsored by, nor do I have the endorsement of any Scouting Organization, this is an independent effort. Your backer payments supplement a modest amount of advertising revenue and that goes towards the growing expense of creating and maintaining this resource (much as a newspaper or magazine subscription pays a reporter and keeps the presses running).
Backer payments are not tax-deductible!
|Thank You 2017 Backers!|
|Darrin Dronen||Cooper Jager||Rob Glazier|
|Catherine Lynner||Roland Christopher||Phillip Martin|
|Fulton Jones||Douglas Dodd||Bob Hughs|
|Steve Fox||Jeff Vowell||Anonymous|
|Shawn Mitchell||James Chaplin||Lisa Murray|
|Eric Mondrush||Kyle Burkholder||David Metz|
How many people do you reach? Good question! This is a notoriously difficult number to quantify. Here’s a conservative guess at average weekly engagement based on analytics from several different sources (as of June 2016) :
|Area of engagement||Weekly Audience|
Twitter 1400 followers
Pinterest 4800 Followers
18,000 (+ – )
|320 editions of the The Scoutmaster Podcast Downloaded an average of 11,000 times each month in all fifty states and 41 countries.||
|ScoutmasterCG.com 1100 users per day with an average of 2500 unique page views per day.||
I receive dozens of email messages from listeners and readers each week. Many of them are seeking advice or assistance in solving problems. I devote many hours to provide thorough, thoughtful replies.
What Does it Cost to Maintain ScoutmasterCG.com? It’s difficult to project costs for the coming year because as the audience grows the costs go up, this is, of course, a great problem to have! Here’s my estimation of costs for the coming year with an explanation of the services required.
|Service||What it does||Annual Cost|
|Web Hosting||An Internet hosting service rents space on a specially configured computer called a server that connects to the internet. When more people use a particular website the cost of providing immediate access to the server increases.||$1200.00|
|Recurring Costs||Maintaining several different subscriptions to services and utilities.||$1800.00|
|Miscellaneous Costs||The hardware and software required to produce, edit and publish blog posts, videos, podcasts, and maintain an internet connection. Costs associated with content creation, promotions and advertising.||$7000.00|
Total annual costs
How much time do you spend? What began as a spare-time enterprise has become a nearly full-time occupation. To be completely honest I have not keep an accurate count of the hours but I can safely say that I spend forty plus hours a week writing, producing, recording, editing, answering emails, and doing the other chores involved in maintaining this resource. I have not included my time in the maintenance costs above. So how do I pay the bills like everyone else? Good question! Read on…
How do you fund all this? Someone asked if I was retired, independently wealthy, or just had an understanding wife! I am not retired, I am not independently wealthy, but I do have a wonderfully supportive wife.
To keep things afloat I participate in several affiliate advertising and marketing programs. When readers and listeners follow product links or advertisements I get a small percentage (2-10% depending on the program) of any resulting transactions. I also receive royalties from the books I’ve published.
Thus far I have not received any income from sponsorship or advertising (other than the affiliate advertising mentioned above). I do get a small amount of income from occasional writing and graphic design work. If backer payments exceed the maintenance costs I will pay myself for the time I spend, just as a newspaper or magazine pays their reporters and writers.