Hi Joey…your doing a great job and providing a great service to the community…love the page and look at it every day.
My observation and from not just me alone, the page is getting very product oriented. You have to get thru all the products you and your family are selling before you get to the news. Shirts, hats, cookbooks, mason jar cups, Joey approved photo gear, photographs, etc….
Please don’t take it the wrong way, the blog is great but it looks like you are more interested in selling stuff than ever before….
My response to Jeff-
Thank you for your observation Jeff.
I heavily heavily promoted my sister’s cookbook for several reasons-
She had three years of non stop working on that cookbook all day every day- a ton of pride and hard work went into it and it cost her a ton to produce with it being a no compromises small run hardcover with jacket and glossy photos cookbook. She could have lost her shirt. As it is she may still only break even or have a tiny profit but if her Kickstarter didn’t work out she was going to be heartbroken and on top of that out a shitload of money.
selling the tshirts and caps is really fun for me. I like doing the research to find just the right products and designing them and picking the colors. Every time an order comes in (and please dont think I make a ton of money off of the hats and tshirts) it is a rush for me. I’m proud of the products and the process. After all is said and done at the end of the year it probably pays for the computer and camera upgrades for the blog along with the huge amount of space upgrades from the massive amount of content we’ve posted.
I’ve posted well over 19,000 posts, and a huge portion of those posts are promoting people and businesses in and around Gloucester other than myself and never asking a dime from these businesses.
If you knew how much time I spend editing and re-editing people’s messed up press releases for the GMG community announcements you might cut me a teeny tiny bit of slack.
I have a lobster business, how often do you see me shilling lobsters on GMG? Very rarely.
I understand you wrote your note without malice and I appreciate the feedback but if you understood how much time and effort I put into the blog I would think that you would cut me a little break on the “you’re only doing this for money routine”
Again I know you didn’t mean it with malice but if you knew how much time and energy I put into this community through the blog it really is kind of insulting that you don’t think I should ever plug the things we do (especially when it’s peanuts we’re talking about).
Maybe stop to think about how much money we put into all of the schooner’s pockets from people who didn’t even know they could go as passengers for the schooner races. Or the money that Maritime Gloucester raised from the lobster bake that was an incredible success because of GMG, or the countless other organizations we help every week.
Just this morning I posted 5 community announcements-
Lanesville Community Center
Sandy Bay Preschool in Rockport
Free Flu Clinics
The Cape Ann Emergency Planning Team and
the Cape Ann Boards of Health
Magnolia Historical Society
Boston Area MG Club 4th Annual ‘North Shore Ride”
So excuse me if I occasionally step out of line and promote something my family or I am involved in. I think I’ve earned the right.