Jason Plant is creating French News articles
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I moved with my family to France in 2001 and set up chb44.com originally as a way for English speaking people to see the properties on offer in France and also to see what life for a young expat family was like to live in France.

Over time the direction of the site has changed, to what it is now, a site offering both local and national news on items based on France, except for the occasional items that I have a passion on.  I handpick specific articles that I find interesting and hopefully the readers do as well.

The objective is to build on the 1000 + visitors a day the site receives to serve a larger base, and to also try and include some guides on the different regions of France, Life in France and the financial aspects of living in France.

When I started out, I never thought that the site would grow like it has, and that it would be self funding from the placement of two or three adverts on the site from Google.  Unfortunately, the income from Google is only a few dollars per month, which means that I have to keep funding this site myself, something that is increasingly more difficult each month.

With over 2500 posts and normally between 5 -10 posts per day, I need to find a more sustainable way to develop and continue this site in the right direction.

What I will use the money for 

Any money I receive will be used for the following:

  • Hosting. We need a robust enough hosting plan to support the highest spikes in traffic we ever get so we don't crash or run too slowly to spoil the enjoyment of the site for everyone.
  • Subscribe to MailChimp. As the sunscribers grow, I would prefer to use a service like Mailchimp so I email posts out to the subscription list. This fee grows as the email list grows.
  • Ongoing web development. It's a website, so there are always upsetting glitches coming out of nowhere and occasionally, we add a new site feature. I have no programming skills, so would need to pay someone for this.
  • Facebook post "boosts". When we announce a new post on Facebook, this makes sure that the announcement gets onto 1/3 or 1/2 of our Facebook followers' News Feeds.
  • One employee. We need someone to handle things like translation or redistribution requests, spam comment deletion, and a bunch of other little jobs. These things end up adding up to a few hours every day, and without this employee, I end up doing it all and have much less time to write posts.
  • Me.  At present I try and juggle doing posts between earning a living, so I would like to be in a position to be able to do this Full time, which means more quality posts per day as well as guides and possibly a forum could be created.
That is the eventual goal, and I know will take time.

Anyway, thanks for any support you can offer if you decide to, and thanks for being a reader!

Rewards
Patron Supporter
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
For any initial pledge of $1 per month you will be publicly thanked on my Facebook Page (if you wish).

(This all goes for any pledge from $1 up.)

Cup of Coffee
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
For the price of a cup of coffee (in France at least) a month, your pledge will add up to a very meaningful amount over the course of a year.

Plus the previous reward as well.

Suggested Pledge
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
For any initial pledge of $5 per month your name (if you wish) will be added to the chb44.com Patreon Page as a supporter of the website.

Access to the Patreon feed that will have exclusive behind the scenes footage of me working, photos of France when out and about

Plus the previous rewards as well
Hero
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Pledging $10 or more a month puts you in hero territory. We all have a handful of monthly $10 costs, and we seriously appreciate you carving out one of yours for us.

Plus the previous rewards as well.

Super Hero
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
At this level you will have enabled us to cover upgraded hosting costs for a month, which takes a huge financial pressure of the site, and myself.

I will also do a personal 15 minute Skype call with you to discuss anything that you want.

Plus all the previous reward as well
A True Francophile
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
At this level you must truly be a Francophile and enjoy everything about France.

A Thankyou card with a personal message of thanks to you (Shipping address required)



Unbelievable
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
No site should ever expect this level of generosity from any reader, and if anyone decides to donate at this above-and-beyond level, just know that somewhere out there, we're drowning in an uncomfortable amount of gratitude.

All previous rewards as well.



Goals
$0 of $100 per month
At this level, I will be able to secure reliable fast hosting and boost promotion of the site
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I moved with my family to France in 2001 and set up chb44.com originally as a way for English speaking people to see the properties on offer in France and also to see what life for a young expat family was like to live in France.

Over time the direction of the site has changed, to what it is now, a site offering both local and national news on items based on France, except for the occasional items that I have a passion on.  I handpick specific articles that I find interesting and hopefully the readers do as well.

The objective is to build on the 1000 + visitors a day the site receives to serve a larger base, and to also try and include some guides on the different regions of France, Life in France and the financial aspects of living in France.

When I started out, I never thought that the site would grow like it has, and that it would be self funding from the placement of two or three adverts on the site from Google.  Unfortunately, the income from Google is only a few dollars per month, which means that I have to keep funding this site myself, something that is increasingly more difficult each month.

With over 2500 posts and normally between 5 -10 posts per day, I need to find a more sustainable way to develop and continue this site in the right direction.

What I will use the money for 

Any money I receive will be used for the following:

  • Hosting. We need a robust enough hosting plan to support the highest spikes in traffic we ever get so we don't crash or run too slowly to spoil the enjoyment of the site for everyone.
  • Subscribe to MailChimp. As the sunscribers grow, I would prefer to use a service like Mailchimp so I email posts out to the subscription list. This fee grows as the email list grows.
  • Ongoing web development. It's a website, so there are always upsetting glitches coming out of nowhere and occasionally, we add a new site feature. I have no programming skills, so would need to pay someone for this.
  • Facebook post "boosts". When we announce a new post on Facebook, this makes sure that the announcement gets onto 1/3 or 1/2 of our Facebook followers' News Feeds.
  • One employee. We need someone to handle things like translation or redistribution requests, spam comment deletion, and a bunch of other little jobs. These things end up adding up to a few hours every day, and without this employee, I end up doing it all and have much less time to write posts.
  • Me.  At present I try and juggle doing posts between earning a living, so I would like to be in a position to be able to do this Full time, which means more quality posts per day as well as guides and possibly a forum could be created.
That is the eventual goal, and I know will take time.

Anyway, thanks for any support you can offer if you decide to, and thanks for being a reader!

Recent posts by Jason Plant

Rewards
Patron Supporter
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
For any initial pledge of $1 per month you will be publicly thanked on my Facebook Page (if you wish).

(This all goes for any pledge from $1 up.)

Cup of Coffee
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
For the price of a cup of coffee (in France at least) a month, your pledge will add up to a very meaningful amount over the course of a year.

Plus the previous reward as well.

Suggested Pledge
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
For any initial pledge of $5 per month your name (if you wish) will be added to the chb44.com Patreon Page as a supporter of the website.

Access to the Patreon feed that will have exclusive behind the scenes footage of me working, photos of France when out and about

Plus the previous rewards as well
Hero
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Pledging $10 or more a month puts you in hero territory. We all have a handful of monthly $10 costs, and we seriously appreciate you carving out one of yours for us.

Plus the previous rewards as well.

Super Hero
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
At this level you will have enabled us to cover upgraded hosting costs for a month, which takes a huge financial pressure of the site, and myself.

I will also do a personal 15 minute Skype call with you to discuss anything that you want.

Plus all the previous reward as well
A True Francophile
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
At this level you must truly be a Francophile and enjoy everything about France.

A Thankyou card with a personal message of thanks to you (Shipping address required)



Unbelievable
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
No site should ever expect this level of generosity from any reader, and if anyone decides to donate at this above-and-beyond level, just know that somewhere out there, we're drowning in an uncomfortable amount of gratitude.

All previous rewards as well.