It's hard to believe it's been more than a year since I took the reins here at Bilerico. And what a ride it's been -- we've gone from marriage equality at the Supreme Court to President Obama's non-discrimination executive order at the White House, covered dangerous international anti-gay extremists at the Coalition for Family Values and the Values Voter Summit, and brought you daily breaking LGBT news from across the country and around the world.
Traffic is soaring, content is up, and reader engagement is through the roof -- and Bilerico is one of the top LGBT sites on the web. I'm proud of and grateful for this site, and based on the feedback I've gotten from readers and fans, most of you are too.
Now comes the bad news: Bilerico doesn't make money. Running a site like this is a full-time job, but it doesn't pay like one. The other day I crunched the numbers, factored in the site's average monthly ad revenue and the number of hours I put in, and discovered that I'm making less than if I worked a minimum-wage job. Quite frankly, that's unsustainable, especially with the sky-high cost of living here in Washington, D.C.
So I'm at a crossroads. I love Bilerico and I want to keep bringing you the great content you enjoy every day, but I need to be able to pay the bills. Money is extremely tight right now -- so tight, in fact, that I'm worried about making rent next month. So unless I'm able to turn this around ASAP, I'm going to have to find a new job and The Bilerico Project will have to close up shop for good.
Thanks, Bilerico family!