The 2007 Daring Fireball Membership Drive

On April 20 last year, I began writing Daring Fireball as a full-time job.

As the one-year mark approaches, many of you have been asking how it’s working out. My answer has been “Pretty good so far, but we’ll see.” Starting today, we get to see.

Last year’s announcement is still worth reading for an explanation of what I’m trying to do here, and why I need the support of readers like you. Last year’s support was tremendous, and it’s the reason I’m still here working on DF full-time today. I’m hoping to build on that support this year — that those of you supported me last year will continue to support Daring Fireball by renewing your memberships, and that some of you who have been considering it will come on board.

Many of you have written to say that the difference since I’ve gone full-time has been both noticeable and welcome: more articles along with a more consistent and steady pace to the Linked List. The funny part about these messages is that most of them end by thanking me, as in, Hey, I’ve really been digging Daring Fireball since you took it pro last year. Thanks for making it such an enjoyable site to read.

I say, thank you. Thank you for reading Daring Fireball, and, to those of you who have become members and purchased t-shirts, thank you for making this possible. The membership system is the primary source of revenue for Daring Fireball. This web site is better because of you.

Click here to support Daring Fireball for just $19 a year.

The Prizes

To kick off this year’s membership drive, I’m delighted to announce an amazing list of prizes, generously contributed by some of my favorite Mac developers and design companies.

That’s over 120 total prizes, with a combined value of over $6300.

Here’s how the prizes will be awarded:

  1. Deadline is Monday, 16 April 2007.

  2. Anyone who has already signed up for a new membership or renewed an existing one in 2007 is eligible for the drawing. I.e. if you’ve joined or renewed after 1 January 2007, you’re already entered in the contest.

  3. Winners will be selected randomly.

  4. Each person can only win once. I.e. if there are 122 prizes, there will be 122 winners.

  5. Winners will be notified on Tuesday, 17 April 2007.

The Bottom Line

Thank you for supporting Daring Fireball.

—John Gruber