Football is in the air, kids are back in school, the first leaves are falling from the trees, and GWJ is asking for your help funding the upcoming year. It must be September!
As the astute among you will have already noticed, the 2014 Donation Drive is now live. Every year at this time we come to you, our community, to ask for your support in keeping the site alive and kicking. You guys are the core of how we fund everything we do here, and it's because you all step up year after year that we've been able to keep trying new things, putting out regular content and keep the bills paid.
If you're already sold and would like to donate, just click the Donation Drive '14 link in the left navigation, or visit http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/donation-drive where you can see all the rewards and the running tally. Please read the information at the top that page for rules on how to make sure you get your forum icon update!
We're doing things a little different again this year. You'll notice we've removed the individual level rewards we've had over the past few years and instead we've expanded the "stretch goals." The more we've thought about it, the more the idea of certain people having access to cool stuff just because they donated a bigger amount was antithetical to the philosophy behind the site. The farther we get from putting benefits behind paywalls the better we feel.
So, instead we wanted anything cool coming out of the donation drive to be something everyone has at least an equal chance of enjoying. So, you'll notice that some of the things that used to be individual rewards (like custom icons and guest hosting on the podcast) are still there just recast as a bigger reward. Also, it's something that anyone can try to "win" and hopefully keeps things on an even footing.
We want it to feel like when you donate to the drive, you are really, genuinely and materially contributing to the community which is the center of the site.
I have a few more thoughts after the bump, but let me say now if you are able to donate thank you so much. The lights stay on because of you.