Kind of crazy, huh? Definitely crazy.
I’ll be working with an ex-day job co-worker now freelance/our-own-thing coworker to hit up some local market creative endeavors.
But I’m also hoping to get some serious stuff done on TRO.
This site doesn’t really bring in anything, but it could, and I think it could without requiring any sort of paid access (ridiculous) or intrusive advertising. I’m interested in partnerships with targeted retailers, but that’s not my primary focus.
The main thing is affiliate links. Without directly selling anything, TRO performs the service of directing people to the books they want/need next.
Ideally with the minimum amount of pain and ideally easy to find low prices. Right now, only about 600 books on the site have affiliate links.
Up until this point, that money has gone right back out in hosting fees and the little excess contributing to the weekly giveaway costs.
But if I get affiliate links up on everything, finish making the lists look nice and increasing the site’s usefulness, it could theoretically bring in enough to make TRO actually worth my time.
Time to be investing in editing/writing reviews, archiving scan examples, and continuing sorting lists. The stuff that I’m really passionate about, for some odd reason.
Worth my time at minimum wage, or half that, perhaps, but enough to finance the project, at least. It’s an exciting prospect.
Pretty crazy, but within the realm of possibility.
It wasn’t my original goal – which was just to sort my collection and share the results – but the ideas have gotten a lot bigger a lot quicker.
Even if the material we are interested in archiving and discussing is only a small niche of our massive modern culture, I believe it’s truly important.
We’re focusing on the life’s work of thousands of amazingly talented individuals in an archival, enjoyably readable format. The collected edition is a big deal.
TRO has the potential to be a really amazing resource. I like to think it already is.
And I want to be open about how the site operates every step of the way. So that’s why I’m sharing all this with you guys.
TRO has started to be come a real community, with forum discussions and a steady stream of review submissions. Not to mention much needed advice. Some of you have also asked me about a donation button (and I guess I should probably figure out how that works very soon.)
I appreciate your friendship and help. It’s amazing to see this little dream take shape. The participation keeps me going.
The next few months might be a little bumpy as I do whatever I have to to survive – taking odd jobs, selling stuff I don’t really need, getting serious about selling my own art, trying to launch a separate local business – but TRO is a priority for me.
I’ll put whatever I can into it and maybe it will support me a little back. It’s worth a shot.