(Coffee & Swiping is a news-y/blogg-y article about the mobile gaming industry and everything in between. It’s basically an excuse for Noen to ramble on about anything and everything that has to do with nothing.)
Gooooood Morning SNAPP Family!! Looks like it’s Wednesday again! It’s already starting on a high note with Evoland 2 releasing on the App Store. Not to mention a new Holy Potatoes! game coming out today/tonight.
Normally I don’t do much Coffee & Swiping on Wednesdays and Thursdays due to all the craziness going on, but this one is pretty important. I won’t be covering the news or drama in the industry either. I just want to talk about SNAPPZILLA for a minute. Don’t worry. I won’t make this a sob story or anything. And I’ll try and make it fairly quick.
Hopefully you’ve been noticing, but SNAPPZILLA has made some big changes for the start of 2018! Most noticeable is the entirely new look and feel of the website. We’ve also changed and cleaned up the SNAPP Roundup with making it daily instead of weekly and of course, the weekly themes. I know I’ve said it before, but I love doing them damn themes. I’ve also been doing more [SNAPPshot] videos. I know I’m still a little rusty behind the mic, but I’m getting a little more comfortable the more I do them.
SNAPPZILLA is a passion project for me. I love every minute of work I do on it. I’ve been a avid/”hardcore” gamer and collector since I was able to hold a controller. I was raised by parents who were gamers, so I honestly started my obsession probably around 5 years old with the Atari 2600 and Intellivision. I remember my parents having video game parties when I was a kid and I loved just watching them play and enjoying how gaming brought all these people together. So, I’ve always wanted to do something in the industry, but life didn’t let that happen until just recently with the creation of SNAPPZILLA. So, this is honestly a dream come true for me.
Anyway, if you’ve been reading the news lately, you’ll probably know that we’ve been getting out ass kicked by Apple and Google. First, it’s been the ad-blockers on phones that have been killing the ad revenue for the website. Then Google Chrome just gave everyone the ability to block ads just this past week or two. So, now we can’t even hope for desktop ad revenue. So, then I was hoping with making a big push to YouTube this year, that things would change. We’d at least get ad revenue from the videos! I swear. No sooner did we start doing videos, YouTube changes the terms to where after February 18, 2018, anyone with less than 1,000 subscribers and/or X amount of viewed hours per year can’t monetize their content. We JUST started making videos! We have only like 60 subscribers right now!! So, ANY hope of making SNAPPZILLA feels further and further off for us.
Most of you know that SNAPPZILLA is my full-time job right now. I had money put aside to try and pursue this dream in the hopes of at least making a little bit of income by now. Put it this way. I have the ad revenue we make to automatically be deposited into our PayPal account every $50.00 we make. After almost 2 years now, there hasn’t been a single deposit made. Yea, it’s THAT bad. I mean, readership is still constantly going up and we never lose readers. So, basically, anyone that finds us, almost immediately becomes family and stays. So, I know we’re on the right track. Yea, we need to promote more. With only being a 2-man team, we rarely promote, so people pretty much have to find us.
We’ve been keeping the lights on with donations from you all. Words can’t describe how much I appreciate it. But, I hate reminding everyone to donate all the time. It just feels dirty to me.
TL;DR In a last ditch effort to stay alive, we’ve started up a Patreon. It’s something people have been asking for, but I’ve been putting off. I wanted to make this work without having to ask for money outside of the random donations. The truth is, we need your help SNAPP Family. I understand that we aren’t the biggest and best site out there, but if you at all appreciate what we do here at SNAPPZILLA, ANY kind of help is appreciated. I understand money is tight for a lot of people. So, don’t donate if it’s going to hurt you or your family in any way. Just knowing that you are enjoying what we do is cool in itself and helping spread the word about us helps a lot too! I’m just saying. If you can afford to help support us, we really need it. I’ll leave the link below.
Hopefully this will all be temporary until we gain more exposure. I don’t want everyone feeling like they need to support us forever. We just need some kind of steady income so we can pay our bills and I can provide for my own family a little. Because the “SNAPP Fund” I had saved is completely wiped out now. So, with the help of you all, this will keep SNAPPZILLA going and not turning into just a weekend blog or worse.
Thank you all from the bottom of my sexy heart! We have a ton of new stuff in the works for SNAPPZILLA. Switch and Andoid views, news, and reviews are coming in the VERY near future. Plus, we still have one REALLY BIG surprise that is still a secret. Anyway, we’ll keep fighting the good fight. Keep on swiping everyone! I love your faces!!
@hashtagNOEN (still a horrible writer)