This post will be the 400th on the site. It’s a departure from format, in that I’m pulling from a facebook post I wrote earlier today, and posting it as a blog post.
“Honestly, I don’t know how we got the magazine to where it is today. We’ve met and collaborated with so many people, have 6,000-20,000 views on the website each month, and genuinely feel like a positive part of independent media.
Some months, though, some days even, it feels like the end of the road. The magazine brings in ~$200 a month right now. RCN shut off our internet again today, for the tenth time. This week particularly, I’ve felt so burnt out from the posting, editing, and recording schedule, that I have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning.
We haven’t done a Kickstarter or Indiegogo, one time we asked for donations directly after some equipment broke, but that was more about being able to continue private recording work.
Now I need to ask for something bigger. If you have had a positive experience with Scapi Magazine, if you’ve read something meaningful, if you’ve listened to a podcast episode and enjoyed it, if you’ve been featured on the site, if you came to a show when we were producing them, first off, I want to thank you. But I also need your help.
What we need more than ever, and what we’ve been dancing around until now, is a bigger budget. Our theater section has a $100 budget that Danielle Levsky has masterfully spread as far as it can go.
I write as much content as I can, my count is 72 articles written since December. I have my own team of writers, but I also have a set budget of $60 that I frequently go over.
What we’ve envisioned for building income is a mix between individual memberships and sponsorships. We have multiple levels, right now $5 a month gets you a Go Out and Make Something Pin, $10 a month gets you invited to our apartment for our soon to be weekly Scapi Studio series, and $25 a month lets you use the Gear Library I mentioned back in the day.
Entities that want to advertise can do so at $25 a month as well. That gets your logo on the home page, and it also gives you discounted rates for sidebar and banner ads on the site. We have a whole ad catalogue for that, please message me about it because at this point we’re open to negotiation.
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Daniel Johanson (he/him) is a journalist and digital media specialist living in Chicago, Illinois. He serves as Editor-in-Chief at Scapi and in that capacity manages all things content, including writing and editing articles and producing digital content. His most recent work includes the docuseries Heart of a Nation: Tracking Socialism in the Midwest and co-hosting the podcast Scapi Radio. He spends his free time with cats.