I run a site called highlevelgames.ca
that includes a burgeoning podcasting network and new blogged content five days a week.
It is a"for gamers, by gamers" project that many of us are trying to do out of our own pockets and just get fans of the game involved. The upside of this is that we have the freedom to do whatever we want, have our own opinions on products, and expand in whatever way best works for us right now.
The downside is that there is no money. I dream of being able to pay my contributors, but I don't know how to get from "Just a bunch of folks pooling their stuff because it's fun" to "Awesome creative people feeling valued professionally."
I mean, I know that it is a fansite and as such I am not looking to make a lot, or really any, money, but very soon we are going to begin looking at expanding our base of writers and I am struggling with how to respectfully make that ask. People can't eat "exposure."
I know we have a good amount of traffic, but I have resisted advertising as well. I have been thinking of Patreon for the future but I'm not sure we are ready for that yet.
So my two asks:
1. Any advice you may have on how to gather funds to pay my writers.
2. How do i respectfully ask others to contribute if I can't currently pay?