About the donate button and the future of UnpluggedShop.com

I've gotten a lot out of UnpluggedShop.com over the years. I've learned more than I could have ever dreamed about traditional crafts. I've gotten to know some wonderful people in a virtual sort of way. And I'd like to think I've helped people find a hobby or even business that suits their situation and interests.

One of the things I haven't received has been cash. I doubt the site has made over $10 in revenue. I'm nearly positive it hasn't made more than $20. That works out to something like twenty-five cents a month.

Given that my financial situation right now is extremely tight, I've added a Donate button on the home page of UnpluggedShop.com near the top of the page. (It's through PayPal, but you don't have to have a PayPal account to donate.)

I have been blessed already to receive several times in donations what the site has made through advertising or affiliate links up until now.

Let me be clear. I'm not threatening to wallpaper the site with ads and affiliate links or shut it down if I don't make “enough” from donations. I just know there are some of you who would appreciate the opportunity to give back right now, and, frankly, I can really use it.

What I am considering as far as growing the site is along the lines of writing a guide to getting started in hand tools, a store to sell tools and or supplies, or other services that will complement the blog aggregator.

I have contemplated offering the site for sale to a hand tool retailer with some sort of support agreement that would let me keep working the site, but I'm really not sure I want to let go. It would have to be the right person or company with the right agreement.

The good news is that UnpluggedShop.com is now big enough that it really is time to think about taking it to the next level.

I really appreciate your encouragement and support. It has been a fun four years.

Luke Townsley
UnpluggedShop.com