I really hope everyone has been enjoying the huge revamping I've done with this site. It was a lot of effort for the last two months, but oh was it so worth it. The content is just streaming in.
But it's that time of year again. The time to ask some generous users to give a little to make running this site a little easier.
You see, Sleepycomics.com makes virtually no money. None. There are no advertisements. There are no pay walls. I believe the information on this site should be free. I like to think of Sleepycomics.com as the "Wikipedia" of the sleepy fetish world. But it still costs money to keep this site up, and I think the cost will start growing. You see, in the last month, Sleepycomics.com has consumed over 400 GB of bandwidth. This hasn't caused issues yet, but it's pushing the limit. That's why I am starting to use Amazon S3 to store some content. Amazon S3 also costs money.
That being said, I am going to pull a 'Jimmy Wales' on you guys. Here are three reasons why you should send a few bucks today!
1. You will encourage me to find and create more content
Sometimes, it feels like I am talking to an empty audience with this site. A lot of scenes go by with no comments or ratings. Blog posts don't get much response. It's a little dehumanizing.
Donating would prove to me that real people care. You don't know how great it feels when I see that message from PayPal. Even if it's just a few dollars, it makes me want to get up and start finding content. It truly is encouraging to me.
2. Costs are rising along with web traffic
Like I mentioned in my spiel above, the costs to run this site are most likely going to go up in the future. I am already getting hints that I may have to switch to something called "VPS Hosting", which is pretty costly. Finding content also costs a little. For instance, in order to process all the manga, I had to buy a Ryushare account which was about $13. Not a lot of money, but it can add up.
I believe strongly in transparency, so I will just list out all the costs of Sleepycomics.com:
* Hosting: $120 per year (this was just renewed again. Comes down to about $10 per month).
* Domain name registration: ~$50 (I am paid in full for the next five years)
* File locker accounts: ~$12-14 per month
* Amazon S3 - $4-5 per month (this is something new I am trying to offload bandwidth)
If you have any specific questions about the costs of running Sleepycomics.com, and want them answered before sending a donation, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I WILL respond.
Honestly, it's not really that much money when you look at it. I've been covering it for about the last 3 years or so. A few dollars from some people would actually cover the costs substantially.
3. It will make you feel good!
Those of you who frequent my site are probably amazed at all the content you get, for no cost! It may even make you feel guilty. So don't feel guilty!
For example, I use Wikipedia all the time. When Jimmy Wales had that big donation campaign, I gave $5. Not a lot of money, but it made me feel good!
I think we as humans almost have an innate desire to give to others who give back. We take a little, and then give a little. That's how society advances!
So donate to Sleepycomics.com. Feel good!