I wanted to take a break from my stomach-stretching exercises ahead of Thursday’s feast (pumpkin or pecan pie? The only correct answer is YES.) to update you on a few iMonk items. In a Benedictine monastery, the business meetings are called Chapter. Here at the iMonastery, we call such meetings … Chapter. (Putting the letter “i” in front of everything that has to do with the internet annoys me …)
First of all, we are going to have to postpone this week’s entry in our book club. Craig Bubeck is up against deadlines in his job and won’t be able to lead the discussion this week as planned. But we will be back on track next week, looking at the life of Julian of Norwich, with Damaris Zehner and Martha of Ireland leading the way.
Chaplain Mike is still on sabbatical. Word is he is working on developing his curveball in advance of a tryout with the Cubs. Hey, why not?
If you are new to InternetMonk, you might wonder how we do it. Well, we wonder the same thing. I would love to be paid for what we do here. So would Chaplain Mike. I’d love to pay our writers. But right now, we can only pay to keep the lights on. Our costs are about $150 a month. Where does that come from? Some comes from you, our faithful readers. If you are not already doing so, perhaps you’d be willing to donate to iMonk. I’d love to give something as a Christmas gift to Chap for his hard work. And still be able to pay the hosting bill monthly.
Some of our money comes from the few advertisers we take on. We are very selective as to who gets to talk to you. We will never take money from someone in exchange for them writing a post. (And I get requests for that all of the time.) We could make a lot of money if we aligned with Google AdSense, but then we would have no control over what is displayed on this site. I am considering a new advertiser with excellent products I think you would enjoy. We will know soon if that can be worked out.
I worked in advertising for a long time. The way this is supposed to work is we provide content that will bring a lot of eyeballs to our site, then we sell access to those eyeballs for as much as we can get. But I can’t do that here. (I can’t do that anywhere any longer, which is why I now work at a grocery store in Jenks, Oklahoma, and not in mass media.) I cannot sell access to you like that. To me, that would be like putting ads on the back of pews in church. Or having Hymn 423 on the left page, and an advertisement for Roy’s Rib Joint with all-you-can-eat brisket on Sundays on the right page. To me, InternetMonk is a matter of trust, not opportunity. I’ve been told we should be making $10,000 a month with this site. Most months we don’t make $100. I’d rather sell my stuff to pay for this site than to violate your trust. Just sayin’.
Still, I’d love to be able to give Chaplain Mike something more than a figurative pat-on-the-back. So if you can help us out, thank you. And if you can’t, that’s fine. We welcome all here.
We really do welcome all here. Not everyone agrees with everything I write. Even I don’t agree with everything I say—but that’s what therapists and drugs are for, right? If you are a silent reader, we encourage you to take part in the discussions every once in a while. And if you are a regular commenter, keep up the good work.
Ok. This Chapter is concluded. Time to get in one last pre-Thanksgiving practice nap before the real one is needed. Pass the Cool Whip, will ya?