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TGForum Needs Your Support!

| Oct 24, 2011
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We are coming up on the anniversary of the “grand experiment” of making TGForum access free. When I dropped the fee to access the site, we had about 600 registered, paying members. Today we have over 4000 members. That’s good news and bad news.

To accommodate the increase in members I’ve had to increase the size of our host system. I’ve also had a lot of work done to correct issues on the system and since I’ve done that we have had no interruption of service. However, this has cost money.

I signed TGF up for several affiliate advertising programs to help cover the costs of operating TGF. That has turned out to be a flop. The other paid advertisers are all complaining about how bad the economy is and they’re all cutting back on paid advertising. We’ve lost three long-time advertisers this year because of lack of sales.

After paying for all the costs to operate TGForum this last quarter (July – Sept.), there was slightly negative balance on the books. That’s not good. I’m willing to operate TGForum for no profit (net zero balance) but I’m not willing to operate it at a loss.

When I started the experiment I posted Donate buttons hoping that users would see some value in voluntarily supporting TGForum. Those Donate buttons have been delivered over 24,000 times. They’ve been clicked on 18 times. There have been 5 donations so far this year.

Here’s the bottom line: TGForum needs your support. If just half of the registered users would donate $5 once each year, there would be enough money to cover all the costs and then some. If that support does not materialize by the end of the first quarter 2012, I am faced with a very difficult choice: charge for access again or shut down TGForum.

What would you like to see happen? Please let us know if TGForum is worth a $5 donation each year.

Thanks
JoAnn Roberts
Publisher

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I am a writer, editor and educator. I was one of the 5 founders of the Renaissance Transgender Education Assoc., and have served on the boards of IFGE and AEGIS. I've published several books on CD/TS/TG subjects. My how-to books are available at the CDS Bookstand (www.cdspub.com). I am most proud of "Coping With Crossdressing: Tools and Strategies for Couples in Committed Relationships". I was an early TG political activist and one of the co-founders of GenderPAC. I wrote and published a Bill of Gender Rights in December 1990. I've appeared on several television shows and in the movie "All Dressed Up And Nowhere To Go". I published "LadyLike" magazine for 18 years, as well as "EnFemme" magazine and "International TranScript". (JoAnn passed away in June of 2013.)

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  1. ms.marlene ms.marlene says:

    JoAnn
    I tried to make a donation but I could not get into your shopping bag to do so. Please let me know what to do.
    Thank You
    Marlene

  2. victoria victoria says:

    Speaking of LadyLike, would it be possible to put scanned copies of the older LadyLike magazines here? I’d be happy to pay for something like that.

  3. joann joann says:

    Thanks Dina, that’s very kind of you.

    Okay people, let’s here what features you’d like to see at TGF that would make you consider a $5 donation. Victoria would like to see Girl Talk. I can do that if I get questions. What else?

  4. victoria victoria says:

    I would love to see some of the features of Ladylike on this site too. I especially enjoyed “Girl Talk” (where JoAnn answered people’s questions) and the profiles section.

  5. dina dina says:

    Joann,
    You can consider my writer’s fee a donation for this quarter.
    Thanks for the opportunity to write here and read others’ too.
    Dina Amberle

  6. says:

    Actually, such a request was made some months ago when the photos started to appear on Google. It was made through TGF on MySpace before I started up a new membership here. There was never any response. I’m glad to hear some feedback on it now.

  7. joann joann says:

    Sarah: I appreciate your comments and we will take them into consideration when we are developing new content. As for the Chat Room, we’ve tried and tried to get more people to use it but we haven’t yet found the key to that.

    Lynnea: If your photos were public all you had to do was ask us the remove them. I cannot explain why some old photos were accessible but most were not. I’ve been trying to secure those old photos to no avail. I’m no System Administrator and my every attempt to lock those old photos down has failed. So, rather than try to save them, they’ve all been deleted.

    Angela and I have developed a survey which will be posted in the coming weeks. We’d ask everyone to take the survey and help us make TGForum a better experience for all.

    However, we still need people’s financial support. Several nice folks have made contributions but more are needed.

    Thanks
    JoAnn Roberts

  8. says:

    I am preparing a donation by mail as I do not do online transactions or transactions with credit cards.

    I have been reluctant to contribute to TG Forum directly, especially since my photos from 2001 had recently been made publicly searchable through Google (I Google my own name periodically to see what I may be facing). They photo spreads used to be only accessible by members. That’s a stab in the back to me, since I am now be affected by Google searches by employers who would object to anyone with a past in any kind of modeling (I modeled from 1995-2004). If the name was so much as altered so that it didn’t represent my name today, then employers may not connect that I am in fact that Profile Girl from years ago, and nobody would be worried about any breach of what was arranged through a 2001 release. But I can’t see why such should suddenly be made publicly searchable at all.

    I do write, though I have posted articles on transgender spirituality and transgender history elsewhere on non-commercial sites. They don’t coincide with the genres of articles I have seen in TGF, so I haven’t offered any. Besides, why reinforce what has turned out to be detrimental from when I was a Profile Girl? It doesn’t make sense for me to do so.

  9. sarah_jean sarah_jean says:

    I do believe that the readers who part take in the site should also show a little love and support. For me I am on the fence. I enjoyed Ladylike magazine much more than the current website. When you discontinued the magazine I was hoping that the magazine format would come to the website. It did not. I personally have not found anything on here that moves me to reach for my purse. Most of the articles I see on here can be found through simple web searches. I have visited the chat room a couple of times but have not found anybody in there. I spend about 10 minutes or so a week reading the TWIT but that is about it.

    I find the website to be very political at times. There are very few things that I have found to be fun. More articles on dressing, make up of other topics would be nice. Maybe some pictures from some of the various CD events, like Night of A Thousand Gowns or other events that someone may have attended. TWIT usually contains articles on who is getting in trouble, trannie rights and CD’s running for office and other things that I have no interest in. And yes I know that a number of people find that interesting but I do not.

    If the website was more interesting for me I would have no problem supporting it.

    Regards,

    Sarah

    • angela_g angela_g says:

      Thanks Sarah Jean! It’s hard to deliver an exciting online experience when we don’t have feedback from our readers. We’re always working to provide as varied a content as possible so there’s something for everyone. That’s our plan and we’re sticking with it! We depend on our readers to help us out, not just with donations to pay the bills, but with information on events coming up in their areas and with photos from events. It’s easy to become a TGF reporter, just send me an email and let me know what event you want to cover. As for the Chat Room usage: How about those who like to chat post a time for a chat on the Bulletin Board and then all show up in the Chat Room at that time? The time and date could be posted in the BB well ahead so everyone can be there. TGF belongs to all of us! Get in on the interactiveness of it and communicate with the staff and your fellow TGF readers!

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