PEB Forum Veteran
Advertisement with Google have been a way that I have used to help defray the costs of running this forum. They were "fine" for that purpose and have definitely helped. Still, they always annoyed me (I have the ability to turn them off for certain groups or members, but, I kept them on for me so that I could see what members see).
Well, they annoyed me to the point that I have- at least temporarily- killed ads on the PEB FORUM.
I have some ideas about the way forward for the site and I think that there is a lot more that I can do to make the site better. My original hope (once upon a time) was that if every member who just dropped in and was willing to donate about $1 monthly, I would have enough money to make this community so much better (I just looked at Analytics and I am showing about 3K users logging in every month on average). With that kind of support, I think I could do incredible things with the site, content wise, site wise, and also thinking better, do great things advocacy wise (from providing pro bono legal services, to advocating for regulatory and statutory changes to the many challenging issues facing members, and to really strike forward with a comprehensive way to fix problems with the system. It may be my own fault for not being properly equipped with how to achieve that type of goal or to accomplish more. Still, the fallback to just treading water by using ads to support the site seems like it is not enough.
For now, no ads on the PEBFORUM while I consider the way ahead. I have some ideas (exciting to me) that I may take up and see if I can accomplish some of the bigger goals mentioned above. There is still a lot of work to be done with military disability issues and a lot better that the military and this site can do to support members. I want to make this site even better and will have further updates on an ongoing basis over the next few months.
Thanks for your service and if you participate or help here on the PEB Forum, a special thank you for your paying it forward to our fellow brothers and sisters in arms!