After a couple months of fundraising and general money belt-tightening and Google up and downing, I wanted to give an update.
The fundraising has gone spectacularly well, we are at about $10k/month in recurring donations along with the one-time donations (at nearly $50k) that are sitting in the corporate account as a buffer.
PayPal has been weird as of late (as expected). Of the 2,150 donating, chances are some credit cards would expire at some point after the initial setup and it seems like that has been the case for a few dozen people. Oddly, PayPal sometimes just "skips" a payment and tries again later, and eventually cancels payments when enough failures happen back to back. Strangely, PayPal sometimes sends people that donated an email saying "MetaFilter has canceled your payments" which is oddly worded and weird and doesn't help anyone solve the problem of an out-of-date credit card that is usually the case. If you've gotten any weird emails from PayPal, know that I didn't personally refuse anyone's money and didn't actively cancel anything, but PayPal ran into trouble charging you and it is likely a credit card issue or PayPal balance issue of some sort.
On the positive side, goodnewsfortheinsane
will be coming back on for two days a week instead of just one day, giving taz
a much needed break in the form of a real weekend again. LobsterMitten
will continue to sporadically fill in from time to time when we take vacation times off.
Google-wise, things are looking slightly up, traffic is up to the site (though not quite at old levels seen before the 2012 downturn) and revenue is up slightly, but still inconsistent from week to week, but in general is trending to better places. Nothing substantial has occurred to instantly put us back to older levels, we're still at a place that is a fraction of the old revenue numbers, but it's still a bit better than it was at the lowest point.
Overall, the streamlined staff and scheduling are working well and keeping our costs down low. We're working on a bunch of new things coming down the pipe that should hopefully help with traffic and Google and possibly improve revenue, and as always thanks to everyone that has supported the site and continues to help make it great. The future looks pretty good for MetaFilter, as things stand now, and I wanted to update everyone and keep you all in the loop.