Thank you for reading and following us. We’re proud to be able to serve you and thrilled with how much we’ve accomplished in our first six months...I know I can’t believe we’re only six months old either. Since we were founded we’ve been focused on our readers and hearing from you and representing you. I write this tonight with a few requests.
First with two of the biggest tournaments of the year this past weekend and next weekend we want to hear from our readers. Two years ago when many of us were with the IQA we asked our readers to submit their “World Cup Diaries.” These can be anything from your personal or team experience over the weekend at Canada Nationals, World Cup or EQC to the entire buildup to the event and really everything in between. We want to tell quidditch players’ stories, but we need your help to do that. Email your stories to email@example.com, and we’d love to feature them. Send us your story using the subject line “My Quidditch Journey” even if you didn’t attend one of those tournaments (maybe you’re in another country, your team didn’t qualify, or you just couldn’t make it). If you'd prefer, you can also fill out this form.
We also want to hear your thoughts on the weekends. EQC is the largest tournament Europe has ever hosted, while USQ World Cup 8 tried a lot of unique things. How do you think the tournament went? Do you have any feedback? Any thoughts? Things that can be improved or things that you liked? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "My Quidditch Thoughts" so that we can publish your take on whatever you may be thinking. These can be anything from a review to Swiss Style to your thoughts on interacting with so many different nationalities and anything in between. These are less personal stories and more your opinion on things, and can also be submitted through this form.
Finally and this is the most personal of my pleas. We’ve been operating for the past six months with no budget and while I think we’ve made the most of this we’ve often thought about how we’ve had to limit our coverage because of a lack of funds. We have set up a Paypal account and we’d really appreciate donations. If you have certain ways you’d like us to spend the money, we welcome your suggestions, and if there are any “perks” that we can provide, we’d love to hear about those.
We plan to spend the money in two ways. 1) To cover general Quidditch Post costs. We would love to ditch the “Blogspot” in our URL and buy a custom domain name, and it’d be great if we could cover just a small fraction of our hardworking staff costs. Our VP of Media drove 12 hours to be at World Cup this weekend, while we have staffers driving 10 hours from Scotland to Oxford to help cover EQC. We would have loved to be able to chip in just a bit for their gas or hotel, not to mention the countless other QP volunteers who continuously go above and beyond the call of duty. 2) We’d love to be able to donate to great causes in the quidditch community. Last year, Jack McGovern offered a reward for teams that submitted film and this year Vanessa Goh sponsored quidditch teams’ acts of kindness. If we see a worthy cause, we’d love to be able to put our money where our mouth (or keyboard) is. None of us intend to make a single penny off of this venture and if you have any concerns, we promise to make a full accounting of our income and expenses available on our website.
Thank you all for all of your help and most of all for reading and supporting us. If you have any questions reach out to me via email: Quidditchpost@gmail.com or find me personally on Facebook. Also don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter
Andy Marmer, Quidditch Post CEO