Since February 2011 I have been tweeting out information to the followers and more in the city of Hamilton from @HSRTransit about public transit in the city. The Twitter account began as a hobby and as something that I started to help those who took transit get real time access to information about transit.
On February 13th, 2012 I began the Hamilton Transit Blog, originally hosted on Blogger. My goal with the blog was and is to bring more extensive information about transit. Fleshed out and easily accessible information about detours, news about upcoming service changes, details of transit presentations being brought to council as well as a multitude of other information. In May of 2013 I upgraded that blog with paid hosting and a top-level domain at www.HamiltonTransit.ca.
Since that time the blog has expanded somewhat and the focus on the Twitter account has as well. Not only do I do my best to provide details on detour and service changes for the Hamilton Street Railway, but have also done the same for other public transit that Hamiltonians use. Buses from both GO Transit and Burlington Transit operate on the city streets in Hamilton so information on those systems as it relates to the daily commute of those who live here is just as important to me.
And I do all of this on my own time, on my own dime and without any official support; support that I don't think is coming any time soon.
Having been inspired by the can-do attitudes of so many others I decided that I would attempt a crowd-funding campaign to see if the transit riding community at large would support my unofficial endeavours. I'm keeping this support target small and modest, looking to only attempt to offset the actual annual cost of operating the website - domain and hosting costs.
What I Need & What You Get
The total cost amount for the domain and one year of hosting for HamiltonTransit.ca runs a total of $134.56. The goal doesn't seem that far out of reach. In fact the Twitter account for the Hamilton Transit Blog (@HSRTransit) as of this writing has 2,222 followers. If every follower were to donate just 6 cents I would reach my goal. Indigogo has a minimum fundraising goal of $500, so anything raised beyond the one year goal will be applied to years beyond.
Supporters will receive a few different things as a thank you, including a personal email thank you card, a supporter button, advertising space on the blog as well as PRESTO cards, so you can take transit!
The funding will go towards paying for the hosting of the website. After suffering a recent job loss I've had to take a long hard look at my expenses, with the cost of hosting and the domain as one of those.
One thing to bear in mind is that the blog will in no way disappear if the funding goal isn't reached. I will find the funds somewhere to keep things up regardless.
Other Ways You Can Help
Don't worry if you can't contribute. Spreading the word about the campaign is also very important and will be greatly appreciated!
Spread the word on Twitter and Facebook! You can also use the Indiegogo share tools!
Find the HAMILTON TRANSIT INDIEGOGO page here.