Just a day after Mike Vukovcan announced his departure from KDKA and going all-in with Pittsburgh Sports News… and about five hours after I posted an article about it my daughter calls me up and says the Pitt POV’s Patreon donation site is online and ready to be activated.
Please let me explain what our donation site and process is about and what it will do and not do. I did some rather extreme research in looking for a site that would be what I wanted to represent my intent to… hell, there’s no other way to say it… get money from you.
First and foremost I want it to be very clear in its intent and that is as a donations site – nothing more than that. It is not a subscription site regardless of their use of the word “subscribe” which I think is a poor choice of a word for them to use.
To me “subscribe“means you pay for something or you don’t get it.
The Pitt POV is not that and never, ever will be. Let me make sure you understand that 100%. It will never cost you a penny to read and comment on here. Maybe buying me a beer or two would be welcome though. But never, ever money to read the blog.
What Patreon is though is more of a “continuing donation” site where, in essence, you pledge to contribute $X amount of money per month to support the costs associated with this blog. What ever you chose to donate will be recurring each month in other words. So be careful to understand that before you hit the donation button.
Also, you can stop your donations at any time you feel like it. Please do so if the site falls below your standards of what you feel you can support. Which, should you choose to do so, is entirely up to you.
Again, any amount you choose is fantastic and will go directly toward this website’s cost of sustenance. Any Patreon contributions will also be separate from my own charitable donation promises I have made on the home page of the POV.
Donations to those organizations will be from any paid advertising I have and will be always be supplemented out of my pocket – not yours through donations.
Now, since I’m doing this I feel the need to be more specific in why I’m doing it. For us older guys this isn’t so easy to do or talk about but for my daughter’s generation, the 20 and 30s year olds, it is the new norm and I myself even support some up and coming artists thru sites like this one I’m using.
Our Pitt POV blog started on June 23rd of last year. In the time between then and December 31st I paid out over $6,000 dollars for the cost of this website to allow giving you the best writing and info I possibly can. That means traveling to Fall Camp practices, to every home game, to the University of Virginia for our away game and to then NYC for the Pinstripe bowl.
In addition to the hotel stays (a total of 18 nights out-of-pocket) I had gas expenses for 12 round trips to Pittsburgh (@ 450 miles per – 5,400 miles total) and New York (@ 412 miles) from home in Columbia, MD; meals, highway tolls and miscellaneous expenses.
It also includes continuing subscriptions to media and recruiting sites, news services, and organizational membership fees and dues I hold for this effort. That all adds up monthly also.
I never went into this amount of detail with you guys before because I really love doing this blog. But the expenses for what I did in those six months to make it as good a site as possible really caught me by surprise. Now, for the year 2017 I’ll have the NLOI Day Event and spring practice travels, the Spring game and hotel stays in addition to those trips listed above throughout the fall and football season.
Throw in at least 20 hours of research and writing each week and that takes its toll on other things also.
So cry me a river, right?
Look, I truly hope you guys and gals feel like the Pitt POV is a worthwhile part of your everyday lives – it sure has become a big part of mine. All of the feedback you have given me about the blog is positive – not always my writing or opinions, that would be insane and I’d have a heart attack, but for the blog itself.
So all that said, by the time you read this the Pitt POV’s donation page on Patreon will be up and running. Give what you will and you know I’ll appreciate it to no end. There are some prizes associated with various donation levels to boot.
But I am serious about this – if you ever come down to having only one “click” left before your computer shuts down and you have a choice between donating or commenting… then I want your comments on here and that won’t ever change.
Here is video of how the Patreon Donations work and why it was started. Below are the steps to how you donate and become a patron:
Click on my Patreon Pitt POV Homepage and see the BIG RED BUTTON that labelled “Become a patron” in the top right corner. Hit that and decide at what level you want to support us on a monthly basis. BTW – you cards will be charged in the beginning of the month. Here is the visual.
I’ll have an editor’s note at the bottom of each article posted for a while also (see below).
Editors Note: If you enjoy what you read in the articles and the comment discussions on the POV then please consider being a supporting patron through our donation site on Patreon.
We have started to accept donations specifically to offset travel and associated expenses that this blog requires. Click on the image below to get started and THANK YOU!
Note: if you prefer to donate by check just send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll give you my home address and please make the check out to “Reed Kohberger” and not Pitt POV.