The problem with Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, and other tech companies is that you don’t actually own your accounts. At any point they can be taken away from you without any recourse. All your friends, communications, pictures, and posts are gone forever. Turtleboy knows this better than anyone, which is one of the reasons we’re going to give Locals.com a shot. Locals is like a Patreon, except you legally own all of your content and they can’t take it away from you as part of their user agreement. It also gives you a chance to donate to, or pay for premium/exclusive content from the journalists and content creators you value the most.
This is the business model we want to have moving forward. When advertisers, or Google Adsense pays your bills, then you are beholden to them for revenue. If they get harassed by anti-Turtleboy losers then they can pressure us to alter our content in order to decrease the blowback. I refuse to do that, which is why I have no advertisers and Turtleboysports.com is blacklisted by Google AdSense.
But when the readers become the customers it means we cater the content to YOU. This is the business model we plan on using moving forward, and Locals is hopefully going to be a big part of that. We are going to experiment with doing the Q&A with Uncle Turtleboy portion of the Tuesday and weekend Live Shows on our Locals channel. Starting next month we are going to charge $7 a month, which is a great and inexpensive way to support the journalism we do, and the content we create. In order to get more people to join we are giving out free Locals membership for December which you can access with a promo code by clicking here.
The promo code is good until January 1, and you will be required to enter a credit card. However, you can cancel your card any time before January 1 and won’t be charged. If you choose to stay on after that your contribution is greatly appreciated. We will evaluate how Locals is doing and if we still plan on using it at that time. We plan on experimenting with it tonight on the show. See ya at 9!
Turtle Club members get 6 months free. Promo code in this blog.