BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE
So yesterday I received an e-mail from CoverItLive, the folks that bring us that wonderful real-time chat service on game days, and at long last they are moving to a pay-based service that is going to squeeze out much of the internet that uses them. For me to use their service, I’d be looking at a bill of anywhere from $50 to $150 per month, and even those price tiers have limitations on how many “clicks” (viewers) you can have. I can’t justify paying that much per month to use their service out of my own pocket, and it’s not like the couple dollars in Google Ads I make is going to cover it. I suspect many bloggers around the ‘net are feeling the same way this morning.
So I am seeking suggestions on how to best bring you live coverage on game day. Options right now are:
- If anyone owns a business or knows of one that would like to advertise on the website/live chats, get in touch with me. This is definitely the preferred option. Based on the CiL pricing tiers, I think the $50/month package would cover most months, so if I could get one or two businesses to sponsor each month (ad space on website plus plugs during live chats), we could continue it. Geoff Chiles is coming aboard this fall and planning to cover all home games for MHNet live from Yost.
- Go PBS and start a pledge drive so we can continue the CiL chats, though I’ve never asked for any financial contributions for the website and am not comfortable with that option, yet. If there’s enough interest I’ll consider starting up a Pay Pal tip jar specifically for all funds to be use towards CiL, though.
- Create a standard post on MHNet and just continually update it throughout the game. Downside: You would have to refresh the page a lot. Fan interaction would be limited to the comments section.
- Create a Twitter account for game day coverage. Put the Twitter feed in a post here (and you can also follow on Twitter, of course). Downside: Again, no fan interaction on a real-time basis.
- Find a free/cheap chat room like I used to use back in the day. This would allow for fan interaction, I’m not sure how the experience would be. There’s a lot of crappy chat room software out there and I’d have to dig through the dirt. And some of these have limitations on the number of people that can be in the room.
I’ve done a few Google searches on alternatives, but there’s not much out there. I’m open to any and all suggestions. Post away in the comments. Thanks!