Tracking future Eagles since 2005 / Photo: Jackie Finlan. Learn more about TRB.
Girls and women’s rugby is at the core of The Rugby Breakdown (TRB), a site that produces original content for those who support the sport in the U.S. But TRB needs its community, too. After two-and-a-half years and more than 1,600 articles (the majority of which are researched and written by me, Jackie Finlan), this full-time profession does not afford a minimum-wage income.
The good news is that there’s a way to sustain the site and the one-person staff through monthly pledges, which begin at $2/month.
IS TRB WORTH A CUP OF COFFEE PER MONTH? IF SO, CONSIDER A SUBSCRIPTION!
Last spring, I launched a pledge drive with the goal of securing enough monthly subscriptions to account for 40% of a modest income, and thus test the appetite for women’s rugby news coverage. That goal, when combined with one-time donations, was met after three months, and now it’s time to plot out a route to a sustainable career:
– Today, 5% of TRB’s readers are monthly subscribers
– By the end of 2018, convert 10% of the readership to subscribers
– By May 1, 2019, convert 15% of the readership to subscribers
– By Oct. 1, 2019, convert 20% of the readership to subscribers
Achieving these benchmarks will mean no more fundraising will be necessary.
We’re going to keep pushing until the end of the year, and while we’ll offer examples of why TRB is valuable, consider where you’d got to find a score, or learn whether American high schoolers ever play abroad, or answer the question, “Does show choir translate well to rugby,” (The answer is: Yes) if The Rugby Breakdown folded.
Also, who would compile a fab photo album like the one below, where all 34 players named to the USA 15s touring squad?! (PS, TRB took half the photos).
I’M SOLD, WHERE CAN I SUBSCRIBE?! here.