We've had a lot of fun hanging out with everyone for nearly 14 years, and now it's time to switch things up a bit. Hopefully you will be along for the ride!
Some of you may be thrilled we're changing and others may be indifferent or adverse to change at all, but we'd like to answer some of your questions - think of this as Carrie's State of the Dragdom Address:
- Why change? CarrieFairfield.com started back in 1999, when the world of social networking was still in its infancy. Facebook was still exclusively for college students and had limited privacy options. MySpace was booming but lacked the ability to pull a community together. There were very limited options for the drag community to be themselves online --- places where you could freely discuss your favorite pageant moments and performances, upcoming events, connect with fellow entertainers and discuss anything else about your life as a drag entertainer or as a fan of the art form, from the mundane to the most controversial. Fast forward to the end of 2012. Facebook has a billion users, including your mom, your boss, all of your exes and most of your old tricks, some childhood friends, and just about everyone else you encounter. Theyâ€™ve even added somewhat decent privacy filters so that you can be your best and worst self to different crowds of people in your life. While MySpace is practically dead, new social networking experiences like Twitter and Tumblr have entered the game and flourished. And, well, let's face it, there just isnâ€™t as much of a need to pay to get the kind of content you love on CarrieFairfield.com when you can get it elsewhere for free. Many other exclusively gay social sites have closed their doors over the past year or so, and we donâ€™t think itâ€™s a coincidence. Without as much interest or need, most sites just canâ€™t keep a community going as a vital, vibrant, sexy and fun place to express yourself and catch up on that community. We want to be an exception to this because we committed ourselves to the drag community to continue to provide this service as long as there's a community to support it. The truth is, this community is stronger than ever and our web traffic and expenses to run the site have really not changed even with the other free options out there. But, we get it, with so many free options now at your fingertips --- it's hard for us to continue asking our community for money to keep the site running, so we are going to try something new.
- How will you pay your bills? So here comes the difficult part (there's always a shady catch): We will have to have more ads on the site. Your clicks refresh ads, ad views equal money, and money will be needed to pay the bills to keep the site running. Don't panic! We'll provide you with premium options for an ad-free experience. Obviously, premium means paid, but we will make sure that the cost is reasonable and won't kill your pocketbooks. And while we are at it, we are going to make it simple by getting rid of tiers. There will be one cost and one time duration for this premium experience. That's it. Use it during pageant season, don't use it for daily use. We want to be as flexible as possible. Additionally, we want to make it easier for you to advertise with us. We still reach over 10,000 eyeballs every single day. You have an event to promote, an old gown to sell, or just want to buy a shout out to tell everyone how fierce you are - come buy some love at CarrieFairfield.com all for one price for any kind of ad.
- Ok - this is all good but why do I even need to visit CarrieFairfield.com at all? The answer is, you don't. As most of you know, we have been on Twitter (@CarrieFairfield) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook....riefairfieldcom) for years. Carrie even has her own page (http://www.facebook....carriefairfield) --- but she's at her limit for friends (stupid Facebook rules.) So subscribe to her page or join us on Twitter and/or LIKE the CarrieFairfield.com Facebook page and you will be connected. Over the years, we have actually gained more followers at those destinations than we have paid members on the site! Our goal is to build followers everywhere there's an opportunity to build! But (and there's always a but) --- The content has to come from some place. That's where the site comes into play. As great as Twitter and Facebook are for getting news and information --- it's not really the best place to chat about topics and connect with multiple people at one time. We are going to leverage Twitter and Facebook to become a place where new topics are broadcasted to the ENTIRE community. Each tweet and post will have a link for you to jump right into the conversation on the CarrieFairfield.com site. Have something new to say that warrants a community to join into? Hope on to CarrieFairfield.com and start a new post in the message boards like you always have and it will AUTOMATICALLY blast out to every user who subscribes to us over Twitter and Facebook. You will literally be able to get the information anywhere and everywhere you want!
- Sounds great - but I just paid for another subscription - now what? Unfortunately --- no refunds will be given as we need to insure we are able to operate until the new revenue from ads and premium options go into place. Consider it an investment in the future of the site. We promise that all reoccurring payments will be discontinued as soon as the free model has been put in place. We thank you for your support and understanding as we transition the business model.
- What about the staff? We (Jonathan & Scott) want to continue to help the LGBT and drag community. We will work with entertainers, business owners, and pageant promoters on digital strategies, social strategies, digital consulting, and websites. We collectively have professionally been working (and continue to work) within the digital industry for more than 25 years. Please contact email@example.com for more information. As for the rest of the staff --- most of them have used CarrieFairfield.com to become well known experts in the field of female impersonation. We would hope that the drag community continues to value them and continue to include them (and us) in future endeavors. The site is now open to use as you wish. We ask to always be respectful of our precious community --- and to always think before you post. Carrie Fairfield Entertainment, LLC will not be responsible for your actions and will no longer be moderating information on a daily basis. Consider us a free tool to keep you informed about the drag community and pageantry nationwide.
Happy Holidays and enjoy free unlimited access to the community site you helped build!
â€” Jonathan (aka. Carrie Fairfield), Scott & the rest of the CarrieFairfield.com Staff