Those who read the blog or subscribe to our facebook or twitter pages may have noticed that yesterday we announced a new feature called Club gCaptain and, for the first time every, we are charging for this service. Why are we doing this? Well here is part of the letter I posted on our blog:
We’ve grown a lot in eight years, and we want to keep making gCaptain the best independent blog in the maritime industry and we want it to remain free. This is why Club gCaptain is not a paywall for the site and it will not contain the most important and timely news articles, those will continue to appear free of charge on the homepage of our site.
So if the important and timely news (e.g. ship incidents, new regulations, large scale projects, etc) will remain free for all to read then what “extra” content will be sent only to subscribers? The first article I wrote for gCaptain, way back in May 2007, featured a new and innovative way to brew coffee aboard ship. Back then Keurig coffee machines where a new and exciting innovation that no one had ever heard of. Today, nearly every hotel room or lobby has a Keurig system installed… and we, at gCaptain, have moved onto some much better ways to make coffee. We want to share those new systems with you and bring back some other fun and interesting articles about our favorite tools and toys along with book and movie reviews and other stuff that was peripherally related to ships. In short we want Club gCaptain to be fun and interesting.
We also want to bring back our most popular feature from the early days, Maritime Monday (YES, we are bringing it back in limited form!); a list of links to interesting articles around the web.
That was the long answer, the short answer is that gCaptain is fully supported by advertising and this has been a rough year for our industry. We are surviving the downturn just fine and we have the resources to continue gCaptain as is but there are things we want to accomplish moving forward (e.g. an iPhone/Android app) that cost money. Club gCaptain is a way to give those willing to support gCaptain a way to give back financially and help invest in the future of this site. In exchange for your contributions we will be giving club members extra content each week.
Interested? The first bonus newsletter will be sent out to all club member this Friday. Click on the following link to find out more or scroll down to the bottom of the page to select a membership option. Here’s the link: [B][/B][B][I]https://club.gCaptain.com[/I][/B]
P.S. Many of you already support gCaptain with something more valuable than money… your time on the forum writing posts and responding to others. For those forum members (the ones who write and reply to threads) only we want to say thank you with a special 25% off coupon. But, please note, this coupon [B][I]will expire Friday morning [/I][/B]when we send out the first club newsletter.
P.S.2. The coupon code has been pinned to this post as an attachment visible below, you will need to be logged into the forum to see it. (Not already a forum member? Then you don’t qualify for the discount… so please don’t contact me asking for the code.)