On fundraising as TMR ‘starts up’

I’ve done my best to avoid talking about funding the blog over the past two weeks, trying to let content do the talking for me, but today, I need to discuss monetary issues.

As I try to build an audience on this blog, I hope that those of you who are new to the blog have noticed that there are no ads here. I’m attempting to keep things that way, asking readers to contribute to my Patreon account via subscriptions instead. It’s sort of an NPR-style model–there are no paywalls, and no ads, but I need to ask for contributions to survive.

[edit: for those of you who are not comfortable with recurring payments, you can go to https://www.paypal.me/TheMalikReport to donate /end edit]

You can pledge any amount to join the TMR community, and in all honesty, even pledging a dollar or two a month goes a long way toward my goal of making this blog self-sustaining. I appreciate all the support I’ve received thus far, and if you are willing to join the community, that would be fantastic.

The goal here is to both make the blog self-sustaining and to reinvest a substantial portion of what I make into the blog and its members (see: trips to take in hockey games, Traverse City trips, a computer so that I can do a faster and better job of covering news, and, of course, ways by which I can reward community members for their contributions. There are no more individual fund drives–it’s about selling blog subscriptions now).

I would also appreciate it if you tell one person that there’s a new Red Wings blog with a seasoned Red Wings blogger producing content on a daily basis.

I understand that The Malik Report is a start-up right now, and as such, we’re building a new audience with a couple of kind old friends leading the way.

Whether you’re considering contributing a couple of bucks a month or letting someone know that this place exists, or whether you’re just here to read and comment, I thank you very, very much for your valuable time and readership.


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George Malik

My name is George Malik, and I'm the Malik Report's editor/blogger/poster. I have been blogging about the Red Wings since 2006, when MLive hired me to work their SlapShots blog, and I joined Kukla's Korner in 2011 as The Malik Report. I'm starting The Malik Report as a stand-alone site, hoping that having my readers fund the website is indeed the way to go to build a better community and create better content.

4 thoughts on “On fundraising as TMR ‘starts up’”

  1. George, I know you’re going for the Patreon model, but I’ve never been a big fan of that system. Will you be setting up a PayPal link or something similar for those of us who don’t want to use Patreon? Thanks.

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