Throughout this past weekend on PretendRaceCars.net, we’ve had a staggering 15,000+ views from 8,500+ unique IP’s, and our little website in a dark, distraught corner of the internet attracted more people than the IHRA event in Edmonton that concluded just a few hours ago. Two weeks ago, this same scenario played out with IndyCar, as more people visited PRC.net than attended the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in California.
It feels like only a week ago we were at 215,000 hits; now we’re rapidly approaching 300,000 and just shy of 100,000 unique IP’s.
Spikes in viewership aren’t uncommon for us as we post shit about subjects our competitors refuse to, but the tangible leap in popularity has us confused as to how we should expand the site. PretendRaceCars.net is not a large operation, but rather a small group of guys on TeamSpeak using a
free Premium WordPress account to tell it like it is and putting nightly discussions into something you can read on the shitter.
First, several users have suggested for us to open up a message board. Yes, we’re aware the comments section here sucks in terms of functionality, and the sheer amount of traffic might warrant a dedicate forum – RaceDepartment, TeamVVV, InsideSimRacing, and SimHQ all have them, but a message board brings its own set of problems. Myself and Chris both have full time jobs, and owning a forum gives us additional reasons to burn company time locked to our phones to read about autistic internet drama. Neither of us want to spend our free time solving disputes between two kids calling each other faggots on the internet, and neither of us want to pray we didn’t hire a third party moderator who’s a biased, power-tripping piece of shit, because this tends to happen on message boards. If there’s a way around this, we’d like to know.
Second, even though it would make us giant hypocrites, a Patreon might not be a bad idea. I personally believe Patreon’s are fucking stupid – a tool used by narcissistic teenage girls so they can pretend they’re E-List celebrities, but the reality is that some sort of optional monetary aspect is becoming the standard across many different aspects of modern gaming. RaceDepartment has a premium membership subscription with the occasional sales, ClassicGameRoomHD on YouTube lets you send in your old games for Mark to review, Slightly Mad Studios let you pay $20,000 CDN to go on a dinner date with Ian Bell, TradingPaints offers a pro subscription for marginal improvements to alternate livery management, and TeamVVV offers a Patreon with several different donation levels. As I’ve said, I personally think essentially asking for donations is retarded, but people appear to like this sort of thing enough to where it’s popped up everywhere, and if people genuinely like PRC.net that much to where many readers willingly want to toss us a fiver, we’ll whip something up designed to keep any monetary donations strictly optional and also constructed in a way to limit compulsive spending.
As always, the comments section ultimately decides where we’ll go from here, what’s above are mere suggestions that have come across our own private drawing board.