People have been very nice – indeed, unanimously so, it would appear – about this return-ish. Having been away for so long, we had no idea what sort of reception we were going to be faced with, but it has been utterly humbling. Indeed, we were braced for the worst, and didn’t expect, or even feel we really deserved, such an outpouring of affection. But it’s welcome all the same.
We have to say, we’re loving writing Digi2000. Really loving it. It’s kind of like coming home after a long time, and all your favourite relatives are there – even Sad Uncle Percy (although he just lays on the floor in the pantry, crying). Thank you, sincerely, for such a warm response. We hope to continue not disappointing you (and if there's something you think we're doing wrong, or would like to see - please let us know).
However… the bitter truth is, we’re only able to update the site with this sort of frequency because we’ve got the time right now. At some point in the New Year, the day job is going to kick in, and – unless something dramatic happens between now and then – Digitiser2000 is going to have to take a bit more of a back seat.
We don’t want that to happen. And, we hope, you don’t either. We want to give it our all.
As we’ve said before, the initial intention of starting up this site was to see if there were enough people still interested in the sort of thing we do to get some sort of crowd-funded project off the ground. It feels like there should be, in our disgusting guts, but cold logic of our equally disgusting brains is kind of overruling that at the minute.
We would still like to do a Digitiser book, but there also seem to be quite a lot of people who would just like us to carry on doing what we’re doing already – except perhaps with proper funding to turn it into a full-blooded gaming funnies website. Much like Digi of old, basically… but more new. We're open to all suggestions about how we could make that happen (especially suggestions from wealthy business leaders, or potential, not-conflicting-with-our-content, sponsors).
We’re not going anywhere immediately – any crowdsourcing campaign will have to wait until after Christmas, when people aren't broke. And this site will be there to support it. But, as brilliant as many people have been in offering to help us pay for The Crowdsourced Thing, we're not convinced there are enough of them to risk making ourselves look stupid.
Currently, we appear to have a core daily readership of several hundred people, with page views in the multiple thousands. Last week we spiked to almost a thousand unique readers in one day, as the Pudsey article popped up on Metafilter. That’s good, and that is nice, but it isn’t really enough to sustain the site indefinitely at this level of frequency (or higher).
We’re well aware that Rome wasn’t burned in a day. As we’ve stated elsewhere, we didn’t expect to stride lewdly onto the pitch after all this time for it to be hailed The Second Coming. But people do keep telling us that the Digi fanbase is still out there somewhere, like a lost tribe. Though, perhaps because of our reluctance to oversaturate the Interverse with our own puffery and self-glorification, just feel we’re struggling to reach it a bit.
Judging from the steady dribble of followers to Mr Biffo’s Twitter feed, people are still waking up to the fact there’s new Digitiser content being generated. Indeed, Twitter has been really useful for getting the words out there (though poor, self-sabotaging, Mr Biffo seems to lose as many followers as he gains every time he stubbornly posts up another stupid Man’s Daddy-style joke).
But we’re also aware that there’s a limit as to how much self-promotion we can do. We don’t want to annoy people, or appear to be shameless publicity-hounds, so there’s only so much we can achieve with our own limited resources.
We hate to ask this - it risks looking grabby and needy, but we know people have enjoyed Digitiser2000 to date, and the reality is we require help to sustain it.
At this stage, we're not asking for any of you to put your hands in your pockets. If you're enjoying what we're doing on this site, all we need is for you to support us however you can. If you've got a website, or you're a proper journo, we'd love you to write about our return. If you're on Twitter, a tweet or retweet would go a long way (Biffo promises to follow you as a thank you). If you've got a podcast - we're happy to make an appearance.
We're fumbling around in a dark sack a bit here, and are open to all suggestions and feedback. We're getting some crappy Digitiser stickers printed up, and - if people even want them - we'll be giving them away to those of you who go above and beyond. Hell... maybe we'll even sign them, providing it doesn't ruin them.
We're off to a solid start, but for Digitiser2000 to continue in some sort of substantial form, or - better yet - blossom into something even lovelier (panic not - we've enjoyed doing this too much to disappear back into obscurity entirely), we have to try and capitalise upon our community. It's no false modesty when we say this is more your site than it is ours, and we exist to give you what you want.
Thank you for giving this a read. And thank you for all the support so far. And!