I’m happy to be able to announce that we, or rather you, did it indeed :) The server is paid for until May thanks to two incredibly generous donations by milkboys readers tinner and sagitta! This gives us plenty of time to look into alternatives to our current ad-provider.
We were absolutely blown away by the outpour of support from you guys & girls, literally hundreds of people mailed us, left comments, messaged us on Twitter etc to let us know that they want to help out in one way or another (I’ll try to reply to all of them ASAP). It was amazing to see that this little community means so much to so many! Thanks heaps for everything!
We’ll work hard not only to make things work out financially in the future but also to give both the blog and the milkboard a long overdue software and visual refresh, finally add some new features (and tweak the server price!) we were working on for so long. While not as urgent anymore all donations, no matter how small are still welcome of course. Now, let’s get back to work :)
Thanks, you’re the best!
Some people have noticed that the pace of posts coming in here slowed down a bit lately. That’s because I’m working on some minor problems with the backend of the server that were bugging me for quite a while now but they turned out to be more time-consuming to fix than expected.
I also started working on this one side-project again that was put aside for way too long due to real-life responsibilities. Anyway, while this might go on for a few more days there will still be at least one post per day.
Meanwhile enjoy this completely random, unrelated video a dear friend sent me last night. A word of warning though, it’s quite dark!
You can uppvvote posts now to help us find out what kind of content you like best.
Google has announced that they will shut down Google Reader in a few months. I know that a some thousand people are still using Google Reader to follow our RSS feed so I wanted to make sure that you find a new place to do so before Google takes their reader offline on July 1.
One way to keep updated about milkboys is following us on Twitter. If you don’t like Twitter you can use one of the many alternatives to Google Reader. Quite a few people seem to like Feedly, personally I prefer The Old Reader. Some other companies, like Digg, have also announced that they’re working on a feed reader so there are probably some more going live very soon. Let us know in the comments if you know any other good alternatives.
Considering all the support from you we kinda have to try and get through this. I didn’t want to take donations but you made it clear that this place actually means something to you which means a lot, truly, to us. So, let’s do this then: I talked to the host and they gave us one extra day to stay on so we have until 6 AM CET tomorrow (Thursday) to get the money for the server bill together.
How you can donate
PayPal: If you want to use PayPal shoot us a quick message here, we’ll get in touch ASAP
BitCoin: You can send us a BitCoin (or less) to 14Y6HPrW9JMrbKqLyE6PXETySYqCYceofr
As some of you know the server for milkboys costs $300 per month. So far we could pay for that with the ads on the site. Alas the site we get the vast majority of our ad money from is almost three weeks late with their payment by now which means that we couldn’t pay for the server for the next month anymore. Seeing how they were already two weeks late with the last payment I’m not too optimistic about the future regarding their ad-service. If there’s any news about milkboys related projects we’ll let you know @ https://twitter.com/milkboys
TL;DR: The server hosting this blog & the milkboard will shut down in 24 hours and most likely not come back. If you want to save your content from the board, you should do so now.
Update: We’re working with the milkboard team to try and keep the site up for at least another month so we have a bit of time to look into alternatives to these ads.
I’d also like to thank our readers and users for all their support over the years and today, you’re amazing and it’s great to know that our little site made your lives a tiny bit better <3
For the next ~week I’ll be off to some adventures in the land of milk & honey so the post count will go down a bit for a few days but I’ll queue up the daily picture theme days for you. See you, milkies!
2007 seems to be awfully far away. The “Web 2.0”, this atrocity of a buzz word, was just getting started and blogs were ruling the internet, for better and for worse. It was also the time when, in late August, milkboys was started in its current form. While blogs are hardly relevant anymore nowadays, sites like Facebook account for almost all time spent online by the average internet user.
milkboys on the other hand is still kicking after five years, making it one of the longest-serving queer youth blogs around :) And of course there are presents to celebrate this! Milo and Dumbledore, two idols of recent milkboys history, kind as they are, provide you with some photos made for the occasion (click on them!).
And we’ll give away a classic (red) milkboys shirt to a random reader leaving a comment under this post. We’ll get in touch with the winner by mail; bonus points if you post a milk(boys)-related photo of yourself with your comment (You can use sites like imgur top host the photo)
We will also, finally, release some updates and new projects many of you were waiting for over the next couple of weeks, so grab some milk & cookies, keep your eyes open and stay fab!
Do you have a spare… second? We’d like to know which photo theme days you like best and which not so much. If you have ideas for other theme days we’d be happy to hear about them in the comments. And if you have any photos we should use please mail us! :)
Let me also use this opportunity to give you a quick update about milkboys in general: The music and the video sites are still coming, working on them took longer because there were a couple of things coming up in my life I didn’t expect a year ago (only good things, no worries ;p). Along with these we’ll update the forums which, among other things, means a better gallery and a mobile chat.
I lost count on how many times someone from the blog staff as well as regular readers of the blog had to ask people here to tone down their comments which are way too often personal attacks, sexist or even racist. It doesn’t matter if it’s people saying someone “destroyed his face” because he has piercings or if it’s a ridiculously stupid comment that someone is “past his expiration date”; not to mention the just horrible comments some people leave about everyone who is different from them regarding their race, gender identity or, as absurd as it is on a site like this, sexual preference.
The vast majority of these nasty comments are deleted before they get published or shortly thereafter but we can’t babysit the site 24/7 so the bad stuff you see slipping through every now and then should give you an idea about the unseen amount of hateful remarks not getting through.
I can’t stress the fact enough that more often than you might think the people we feature here actually happen to read the comments left by the readers of this blog. The dad of diving talent Jordan Pisey Windle being just the latest example.
And the same way you wouldn’t walk up to a stranger on the street to tell them how you hate their haircut/body shape/skin colour etc. we ask you to be respectful around here. That you can be somewhat anonymous on the internet doesn’t mean you can be an asshat to everyone.
You would think that people who are part of a minority that is often disrespected and discriminated against would be careful not to repeat the injustice they have to endure. So please be aware that we have rules about leaving comments. This place could be a lot more helpful and supportive for many people if everyone would acknowledge them.