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Update

A brief update:

Bugs: please continue to report bugs via email to support@blip.fm.  We will prioritize and tackle them as resources permit.

Fundraising:  we are exploring with a number of interested parties, but cannot report anything definitive at this time.

What about crowdfunding:  we keep getting inquiries about this, so we will continue to reevaluate this option from time to time.  Some have mentioned the idea of doing what is called ‘equity crowdfunding’ (such as through crowdfunding.com, seedinvest.com, etc.), so we will also consider this.

Thanks for being a part of Blip!

Update

Wanted to update folks on various items of interest (basically same topics as last time around):

What about those !#$@ bugs? We have stomped out a few more, but the intermittent ’sometimes I can prop, sometimes I can’t’ bug is still causing us headaches.  Feel free to send us more detailed descriptions if you are experiencing this one (email support@blip.fm).

Blip [still ]needs new tires and a paint job, are you gonna raise some money to do something or what? Still exploring, which we could share more but we can’t.  Still no certainty.

I missed the Rockethub campaign, are you going to run another so I can contribute? Not currently planned, but will consider it if we keep getting these inquiries.

What did you do with those gazillion dollars from Rockethub? Spent every last cent on locking in our servers at a much lower price for the next couple years.

Thanks for being a part of Blip!

Happy New Year Update

We wanted to wish everyone a happy new year and thank you for sticking with us through thick and thin.  A number of people have asked for specific updates so here goes:

What about those !#$@ bugs? We are still tracking down bugs and stomping them out as best we can. Often we are unable to reproduce the reported issues, so when you email us at support@blip.fm, please be as specific as possible (and send a screen shot if you can).  Usually if we can reproduce the bug we can fix it.

What about Jeff? Sadly Jeff is no longer involved in the operations of Blip.fm - we don’t think he is bored though as he has his hands full with other projects :-)

Blip needs new tires and a paint job, are you gonna raise some money to do something or what? In the spirit of candor, we have to emphasize there is zero certainty here, but we are exploring.

What did we learn from the Rockethub experience? (1) Its a lot easier to get 50 users to contribute than 5,000.  (2) We are not great at running a crowdfunding campaign.  (3) Even a failure can accomplish much (missed our target by a mile but your contributions saved Blip).

What did you do with those gazillion dollars from Rockethub? Spent every last cent on locking in our servers at a much lower price for the next couple years.

Wishing you an amazing 2016 filled with music and joy!

Rockethub Funds: The Bottom Line

As promised, here are the details on how the funds will be spent:

1.  Rockethub keeps 12% of the funds.

2.  ALL of the remaining funds will be spent on Blip server costs (mostly in the form of a prepayment towards servers for at least 12 months - we are trying for longer).

3.  Prepaying reduces the cost in two ways: we get a better rate and we are prepaying part of the bill. Blip’s modest revenues are sufficient to pay the (reduced) server bill.

4.  These funds are not sufficient to achieve the other objectives outlined in the Rockethub campaign.

5.  Although we anticipate being able to pay for operating costs through 2016, unforeseen circumstances could arise that cause the site to shut down temporarily or permanently.

A special thanks to everyone who contributed their hard earned money to help keep Blip alive.  While we did not achieve our campaign goals, thanks to you Blip will live on and have time to dream up a better future.

Crowdfunding update

To everyone who has supported Blip financially or with their words and well wishes, we appreciate it all!  And to those users going all out to spread the word, our sincerest thanks!

We wanted to answer the latest round of questions/topics that have come up regarding the campaign (see previous posts for additional information or go to http://rkthb.co/63049:

1.  To contribute or not:  We understand that not everyone is able to contribute financially, and some may not feel comfortable with doing so even if they have the means - we get that and respect those situations.  We ask that folks with differing opinions on this also be respectful of each other.

2.  Can I just give a small contribution, or do I have give at least $59?  You can give ANY amount you want by selecting the big red FUND THIS PROJECT button, and then scrolling down to the bottom of the table - here you will find a field where you can enter any amount.

3.  Can I change my mind about what I want after I have already contributed?  Lets say you gave $59 (Funder level) three times, and then gave $99 (Power Block level), but now you wish you had just done it all at once to reach the Founding Member level.  We will accommodate this, just make sure your total contribution is at least the amount required for the level you want, and be sure to send us an email after the campaign ends with CROWDFUNDING in the subject line requesting the change.  If you need to add funds to reach the target level, select the big red FUND THIS PROJECT button, and then scroll down to the bottom of the table - here you will find a field where you can enter the desired amount.

4.  Can I upgrade once I have contributed?  Lets say you gave $59, but now want to contribute more up to $249 (the Founding Member level).  We will accommodate this, just make sure your total contribution is at least the amount required for the level you want, and be sure to send us an email after the campaign ends with CROWDFUNDING in the subject line requesting the change.  If you need to add funds to reach the target level, select the big red FUND THIS PROJECT button, and then scroll down to the bottom of the table - here you will find a field where you can enter the desired amount.

5.  Will you still build a Mostly Ad Free service level if you do not reach your goal?  We would like to, but it may not be possible depending on how much funding we get.

6.  Will you still give the badges if you do not reach your goal?  This will be doable even if we raise substantially less than the target.

7.  What are your initial spending priorities for the funds?

-servers

-bug fixes

-badges

-Mostly Ad Free level of service / improved block feature

8.  So what is the deal?  This has been asked in these exact words by several users.  The deal is this: At a bare minimum, Blip needs servers and bug fixes to keep going, and these cost more than the ads generate in revenue.  We have closed most of the gap by reconfiguring and reducing server costs dramatically (and our users have suffered through the ups and downs of this process) - as a result we are much more efficient and now handling more traffic with less cost.  But there is still a gap, and this campaign is how we close it and give Blip a path through 2016.