Well, we’re one week away from our deadline and we’re 97% of the way to our goal. We’re so close! But we’re not buying the On Pasture business cards for our trip to the National Grazing Lands Conference yet. We still have to wait and see what you, our readers, decide. So there’s no time like the present to send your support if you want On Pasture to stay online.
We’ve learned a lot over the last 36 days:
Fundraising is exhausting.
We love finding information, researching new ideas, recruiting authors and writing articles. It’s work. But it’s nothing like the effort of asking people to support that work with their own hard-earned dollars. Kathy’s been thinking that since we both like baking, maybe it would be easier to hold a long-distance bake sale. The shipping is the problem, but it would somehow feel a lot less difficult than what we’ve been doing.
People really, really love On Pasture!
We’ve gotten so many notes and so much support from folks telling us On Pasture helps them be more successful and that we should keep up the good work. Then there are the people who know that to keep On Pasture healthy for the long-term, we need bigger support and more sponsors. So they are working within their organizations as we speak to figure out how to support On Pasture. Others are rounding up folks who can and should support On Pasture, and are asking for that support on our behalf, as well as making the introductions we need to create new, mutually beneficial relationships with sponsors.
There are also readers sending in suggestions for improving our business model, finding advertisers, and giving us ideas from their own wealth of experience. If we haven’t answered you yet it’s not because we don’t like your suggestions. It’s because we are getting so much input that we haven’t yet processed it all.
The feelings that come from all this support are such an odd mix. We’re grateful. We’re kind of surprised too. Yes, we thought we were doing a pretty darn good job with On Pasture, but to hear it from you all in this kind of tidal wave, well, it’s surprising and embarrassing, and fist-bump worthy. Sally Field said it best, “You like me! Right now! You like me!”
So thank you all for reading, for writing, and for being a part of On Pasture. We like you too!
Kathy and Rachel
P.S. Oh yeah – one more time, here’s the link to our support page if you’d like to keep On Pasture online. Thanks!
P.P.S. We weren’t sure things would work out, so Kathy actually polished up her resume. If things don’t go well this week, she’ll be looking for a job, so if you’ve got something, give her a shout. 🙂