Short version: We just joined Patreon! In case you’re wondering, Patreon is a simple way for you to support to GrinningRemnant every month, and get great rewards in return.
What is this?
Hello, everyone. I’m Alex, owner/operator/editor-in-chief at GrinningRemnant.com (the #1 website for Force of Will content), and one of the longest running Force of Will journalists in the industry.
When I first started GrinningRemnant back at the end of December 2015, I knew I wanted to create a website unlike any other Force of Will website. I didn’t want a site that just posted clickbait, nor did I want a site that catered only to a specific subsection of the Force of Will community. Force of Will is still a relatively new game, and I wanted to help foster the growing FoW community by providing high-quality articles, podcasts, and videos that any player could enjoy and learn from.
Here we are, over a year later, and GrinningRemnant has quickly grown from a small, start-up website into the #1 site for Force of Will content.
Up to this point, GrinningRemnant.com has been run off the hard work and dedication of the staff. The writers, editors, and artists work tirelessly to produce content each week because we love Force of Will and want to see it grow.
As GrinningRemnant has always been about the community, I have been reluctant to monetize the site. I don’t want obtrusive advertisements being an eyesore and getting in the way of our hard work. As such, I feel that a crowdfunding avenue of monetization fits in perfectly with my vision for the site.
As of April 13, 2017, it costs me $36/month to keep the lights on at GrinningRemnant. This cost is incurred from web hosting fees, domain ownership fees, and podcast hosting fees. I pay everything out of my own pocket; it’s not a ton of money, but it does add up.
Do note that the $36/month does not include paying our writers, editors, artists, and other team members for their time and effort. The content at GR has always been provided entirely out of the generosity, long hours, and hard work of my amazing staff.
GrinningRemnant has very much been a labor of love for us. On an average day, between the entire staff, six to ten hours of combined work gets done.
I would really appreciate help with the operational costs of the site.
I chose Patreon for a few reasons:
First, it allows us to continue to produce the high-quality Force of Will content that you have come to know, love, and expect from us, all the while avoiding ugly advertisements.
Second, if we did go with the advertisements route, there would always be that nagging desire to bring in more traffic, and a greater emphasis could end up being placed on pushing out content more quickly. GrinningRemnant has always been about producing the highest quality content possible. Quantity comes second.
Last, by opening up lines of communication between patrons and us, it gives a more personal feeling to the relationship between Team Remnant and our wonderful audience. We’ll be using the patron stream/comments to directly interact with our audience. Got suggestions, feedback, ideas, requests, or questions for the staff? This would be the easiest way to reach us. We’ve always enjoyed interacting with our readers, and Patreon makes it easier and more convenient.
What will you do with the money?
Good question. As I previously mentioned, I am currently funding the entire site and all associated hosting fees out of pocket. First and foremost, funds earned through this Patreon will be going into keeping the lights on at GrinningRemnant.com. The initial goal is to cover the current monthly operating costs.
If that initial goal is surpassed, I will be putting the money into improving the site. This could mean a variety of things including better hosting, better plugins, new equipment, and other things that make GrinningRemnant better than it already is. It would be nice to reward the staff once in a while as well.
What do I get for being a patron?
Aside from that warm, fuzzy feeling in knowing you’re supporting our site, you get the aforementioned lines of communication with us.
Currently, there is only one reward tier, but we’re brainstorming on other rewards to offer in the future!
Will you be restricting content to patrons only?
That’s not the plan.
What happens if you don’t reach your goal?
Nothing. Regardless of how successful this crowdfunding campaign is, I will keep GrinningRemnant in operation for as long as I reasonably can. I absolutely adore running this site, producing content, working with my wonderful teammates, and supporting our great Force of Will community.
We so very much appreciate you all for visiting our site.