October 11, 2020 Nathan Cool
This report is to provide transparency regarding your donations to support my SoCal surf forecast.
September was a disappointing month for donations with only 50% of the monthly goal achieved, pushing donations to the razor's edge:
In the first week of October donations did pick up for a few days, and I'm hoping that, with some asks this month, I can improve the goal for 2020. But that continues to be difficult since only a small fraction of readers are making donations. In September there were over 9,300 returning viewers (regular readers), yet only 648 donated this enter year; in other words 7% of readers pay for the other 93% to benefit from:
Donation goals are small. The Y axis of the graph above is the dollar amount: $25,000 for an entire year. Yep, that's it, just enough to pay for my time to issue these reports three times a week, just as I have over the past 25 years for Surfer magazine, Surfing magazine, and others. After the cutbacks from those magazines (Surfer has completely closed) I decided to keep my report going at the requests of readers like you. But I can't keep it up and balance my other work (that pays the bulk of my bills) unless I can be compensated for my time. With 9,000 readers, my asking for $25,000 a year is a mere pittance. I won't get greedy, and all I ask is that you provide me small financial support.
So if you find my report useful and you'd like to see it continue, please consider a small donation to keep it going.
Although only a small fraction of my readers have donated, I want to thank all of you for continuing to read my report and visit WaveCast as well. Until next time, take care, be safe, and smile in the lineup!