9/05/2017

A Bad Case of the Dates Goes Patreon

Greetings, fans of A Bad Case of the Dates!

It's nice to have you here. The site's existed since August 2009 and zany content has been posted each day since. That's just amazing. We have enough in the pipeline to continue for longer than 2,000 generations of mayflies. However, for at least a little while, the days of daily updates are over. From here on out, we'll spin it down to a story every other day, or about three or four posts a week.

Why? We receive lots of visitors but thanks to the magic of capitalism and ad blockers, the site's revenue has crashed for the past year. I vastly appreciate the folks who've helped out with the "Cup o' Coffee" button (Really. I'm extremely grateful. You helped the site stay up this month. And I'm no longer thirsty!) and based on it, we have a new model:

Meet the A Bad Case of the Dates PATREON. Patreon will allow you to contribute a low (or high!) fixed monthly amount to keep the site up. You can cancel at any time (but why would you?). There are backer rewards for various tiers ($2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100) as well as global site rewards for hitting certain goals. Among them:

• If we hit & stay at $350: the ads come down! Use an ad blocker? That's why the site looks weird.
• If we hit & stay at $500: back to daily posts!
• If we hit & stay at $750: back to posting multiple stories a day. The site used to do that!
• If we hit & stay at $1000: we hire indie artists to dramatize some of the stories as comics or whatnot.
• If you contribute at certain tiers, we'll email you exclusive stories that won't appear on the site!
• At certain tiers, we'll rename people in stories after you! Astound your friends!
• My thanks. Because gratitude is a wonderful thing.

I love the stories and especially the community the site's built. Please spread the word and tell your friends/family/foes. With your help, I'll keep it going. Click below and make magic happen. Thank you!

12 comments:

  1. I love this site so I'll donate, but PLEASE don't waste money on artist dramatizations.

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    1. Fine. I'll spend it on fancy snacks, instead.

      I'm open to suggestions, so in the event we actually crack that level, let me know what you'd rather see.

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    2. I'd rather you keep the money :)

      I'm thinking of notalwaysright.com, which has flirted with both videos and comics of their stories, and really none of them has ever caught on in any real way. Especially the videos, ugh.

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    3. Yeah, that NAR fucker was both not funny and could not find any t-shirts in his actual size. Most annoying.

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  2. So, basically, Bananas and her ad blockers ruined the site for everyone else? Nice...

    I, for one, enjoy the ads. It's usually sexy scantily-clad Russian/Chinese women wanting husbands. I'm OK with that.

    As for the names, I feel like most of the cads in the stories are already named Steve a disproportionate number of times...

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    1. In your case, if you don't pitch in, I will never change a name to Steve again, ever. In the case that I would have renamed them Steve, I'll instead use the name "Crapstack," and you'll know who I'm talking about. <3

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    2. Can we seriously pick what we want a name changed to regularly? Because Nick is boring, but Archie McArchitectface has potential.

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  3. While I can't donate much, I did sign up to donate a little. I love this site.

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    1. Thank you so much! The site loves you right back.

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    2. Hopefully more than just the dozen people who post comments will sign up...

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  4. Just signed up for $5.00 a month. Wish I could give more b/c I love this site. Hope you can get enough pledges to post more than one story a day like you used to. Good luck and keep up the great work.

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    1. Thank you! A Bad Case of the Dates loves you most of all. But tell no one. This will be our secret.

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