We’re well into our 7th year here at blog HQ, and we’re pleased with what we’ve achieved. Back in February 2011, there wasn’t much online discussion of health economics beyond the traditional journals. Now, we have a multi-national roster of academic authors contributing high-quality output every week. Some of our blog posts have been cited in the published literature and at conferences. We like to think we’ve had a positive impact on our discipline.
All of our authors work on a voluntary basis. There’s also a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes, in terms of coordinating and editing contributions and maintaining the website. There is also some small expense associated with running the site. But we think it’s all worthwhile, and we hope to continue to provide free-to-read academic-standard blog posts long into the future.
But we’d like to do even more. We’d like to introduce new regular features to make the blog even more useful to our readers. We’d like to bring additional functionality to the website and improve our accessibility and design, while maintaining the high quality of our output.
To this end, we’re looking for your support. You can now become a patron for the blog. By making a small regular payment you can enable us to improve our website, and send a strong signal to us that we should continue doing what we do. We’ll be very clear about where your money is going and hope to offer special perks to our patrons. As a patron, you’ll also have a say in determining our priorities and the future of the blog.
This is new ground for us, and we’re not really sure what is possible. We’d really welcome your feedback on this initiative. What would you like to see more of from the blog? How could we improve our output? What kind of benefits would you like to receive as a patron?