I made a brief mention of this about a month ago in one of my Fireside Chat Podcasts, but it’s time for me to specify the plans we have for this website moving forward. I feel these are exciting changes and will enhance your experience here.
Tracey and I have been working with our webmaster Evelyn on going through an upgrade of this website focusing on several things that I have been wanting to improve for some time:
- General appearance
- Site navigability
- Ease of finding topics of your particular interest
Those are the main items, but we’ve been working on quite a bit more. Now, we finally have a viable plan to get it done. It’s a good, clean look with better menus (and more up-to-date in terms of relevancy). You will be seeing this upgrade this month (June). I’ll let you know the exact date as we get closer to it.
A technical note: when we do the switchover, the site may be down for a few hours. I assure you it won’t be for an extended period of time, and I will make an announcement in advance.
One thing I am in the process of working on is cleaning up and updating tags and categories for all of my previous posts so that they can be more easily found in a search, and also so that they can be incorporated into a menu system (by theme). So, abductions/encounters, or geopolitics, or secrecy, or UFO sightings, etc. Or by other categories such as Fireside Chat Podcast, or Off the Cuff Podcast, or The Richard Dolan Show, or audio podcasts, or articles, etc. It will even be possible to highlight recent comments by members of the site. And more.
So that’s the good news.
This next part is one I’ve struggled with but come to believe it is now time, which is to raise the monthly membership rate from $6.99 to $8.99. We will also be re-introducing an extended plan (six months at $49.99).
I am hoping that most or all of you will feel this is a reasonable change. In four years of operating this site we haven’t changed our pricing structure at all. But it’s gotten to a point where I feel it’s no longer avoidable.
How to value something can often feel subjective, and I imagine that’s true of a website. What I try to do here is something I feel is unique among UFO researchers. I don’t claim to be a journalist, so I am not always trying to be the most up-to-date news source on UFOs (although I do usually cover important contemporary UFO news). Instead, I believe that I offer a grounded and in-depth perspective on all aspects of the UFO subject, at least as much as I can, while incorporating a mature historical, scientific, and philosophical perspective.
I also try to produce a lot of original content, which means original writing, original audio, and original video. It’s hard work and I don’t always produce as much as I want, but I can assure you that everything that goes up here is something that is important to me and I feel worthwhile to share. I don’t believe in creating fluff or luring you into sensationalism. That is so easy to do in a field that is strange enough without the hype.
What I am saying is that it’s my hope that you will continue to feel that this site is worth your time and monthly contribution.
I am planning for this price change to go into effect in July. If there are any changes to this plan, I will let you know right away but right now this is how it looks. And in any case I will keep you posted as the time approaches.
What I can say is that I have been very busy behind the scenes but will soon be very busy in front of the scenes, here on this website once again. Tracey’s voice is still not quite ready for a podcast, but am I am working on a strong presentation on USOs which should be ready soon. And I have much more to be offering you.
One final point. It’s your support that allows me to research the things I do, to dig into obscure but important areas, to work on my next book, and to do all the things I do in this field. It all comes down to your support. For that, I could not be more grateful.