Over the past six months Techority has been a great way to help the Corona community with tutorials, resources, tools and of course email support.
In total I have spent almost 1,000 hours on the above tasks – all in the name of community and, of course, my desire to see Corona attract new members. (I genuinely believe it is the SDK of the future.)
In this time many wonderful people have donated – and many more who could not afford to donate have offered sincere thanks, kind words and support of a different kind – which is no less valuable to me; however for every one person who does either of these things there are literally hundreds who do not.
At the end of the day I’d love nothing more than to continue to devote hours every day to working to make the Corona community better, to help everyone with all their problems and to teach newbies the ropes – but this is not realistic of me.
I cannot afford to spend SO much time on the aforementioned duties – not when my return per hour is less than $1.
I think that what really brought this home was the fact that I spent hours trying to get the last tutorial perfect for everyone, easy to understand, easy to change, well commented, etc. – SO many people had requested it – and yet, after more than 200 downloads and several emails seeking guidance on using it, not a single person donated.
I didn’t expect to wake up to an overflowing Paypal account – but given this was the most requested tutorial I have ever written, I did expect at least one or two people would donate.
Donations are not only about money, (I’d have been happy with one or two $5 contributions,) but they are about your work being recognised – of over 200 people who now have this tutorial, which I could have sold as a template, less than ten people even expressed thanks or tweeted/facebooked the link.
Now – this post is NOT to solicit donations; nor is to make those of you who can’t afford to donate feel bad.
If you have ever donated to me or expressed appreciation for what I do then I have no problem with you and greatly appreciate your support – it is those who take, take, take and never once consider the amount of work it takes to help so many people that have gotten me to this point.
So – in the near future, Techority will be changing.
I want you guys to have a say in what happens next – so below are basic outlines of various different directions in which Techority could go. If you have an opinion on any of them, think one works the best, have another suggestion, etc. – then I want to hear about it.
Techority becomes a membership site, costing somewhere in the region of $5 to $10 per month for access to.
In this event the Corona For Newbies mini series would remain accessible for free in order to help attract (and keep) new converts to the Corona SDK.
Techority leaves old content accessible to everyone for free while limiting new content to paid members only at similar rates to those above.
(New additions to Corona For Newbies would be made free for the reasons previously stated.)
All newbie tutorials remain free, from Corona For Newbies to other basic tutorials, such as adding buttons that change when touch is on them, wrapping you app’s screen, playing sounds, etc. while everything beyond that is “Premium” and costs a monthly fee, as above.
Limited free tutorials for helping to attract and guide new Corona users, while all other tutorials cost a flat rate of something like $1 to $5 (depending on the tutorial) to access. (Permanent access.)
Techority lets the newest handful of tutorials be viewed for free while all previous content requires a subscription to the “archive”. (Again, CFN would remain free and readily available.)
Tutorials for donations – this model would be different to now in the sense that new tutorials would only be posted for every $X made in donations. For example every time I made $20 (just an example), either in one donation or spread over a few, I’d post a new tutorial.
CPALead – I know many hate those ads, myself included – but a gateway requiring a person to complete an offer for access for 7 days, or the like. Although this could be problematic for those of you who have changing IPs or use multiple computers.
This is pretty much every option I can think of – I want to keep helping people and I love the Corona community; every time someone joins or sticks with it because of me I feel very proud – I just can’t afford to continue donating hours upon hours of time when donations are so scarce – not when I need to be making at least some money to support myself. That time would be better spent on my own apps right now.
I want to help you, all of you – I just can’t realistically keep doing it in this way.
Please give me your opinions; I value them and I need them to keep Techority a great place to learn new things.
Lastly – although it will likely be a month or two before this goes ahead, when it does, every single person who has donated will have their contributions taken into account; if Techority charges a monthly fee (for membership, archive access, etc.) then if you have donated before today you will receive twice that donation’s value in paid time. (Eg, if membership was $5 per month and you had donated $10 you would get four free months.)
I hope that everyone can understand where I am coming from and that this doesn’t end with people thinking I am a horrible person for not continuing to devote so many hours to the community for free.
Oh – and those of you cannot afford membership, genuinely can’t afford it, (and I know that could be the case even at $5 a month – as that is my situation right now too,) you can get in touch with me once things start up and I will give you free access for awhile.
I hope you will offer your opinions here, via email, Facebook, Twitter or the Corona forums – I genuinely want to keep Techority thriving and able to help as many people as possible.