reply to Sonn's post #10
Let me address the subject of the Astroloquiz ad and the broader issue of what it means for iSLCollective. There is a two-month deal between a small app developer company and a niche (specialized) website for language teachers. We’re not YouTube or Yahoo, and what the Astroloquiz ad brought in is a small fraction of the costs we will be having this year. Costs which nobody is quite sure how much they will be. So it's help, but in no way does it change the fact that we need to rely on member contributions, fundraisers to run and develop the site. Unless, anyone can bring in 10 major advertisers, like Oxford or Berlitz, and we plaster the site with ads all over.
This company was the first one ever that contacted us to advertise on the site, and we said yes, as we found the content to be useful and valuable to language teachers. The rationale behind accepting this advertisement for two months is to supplement our 2 annual fundraisers to prepare for the big boost in membership expected this year. Just to give you an idea: when we started the previous fundraiser in October we had 202,000 members, now we have 285,000. Clearly, the growth is accelerating. What this means is that the costs will likely explode at some point, and we need to be prepared for that.
Fast growth is very risky for every website and there are many which fail to cope with it. There are a lot of things to be managed - hosting, development, finances, administration (e.g. we’re getting to our limits in coping with administration, corresponding with users and providing technical support to them, and sooner or later we will need to hire assistants), etc. This is also the reason why we decided to keep the Donate button after the fundraiser. Every little counts.
We try to do our best to prepare for the future and develop iSLCollective into the best FREE sharing site for teachers. I hope you will understand our efforts and accept the ad with a kind heart.