We want to thank all of you who have become MIA members and supported us with a contribution. Since we began this member initiative, we have received support from about 150 people, who have contributed $7,313 through June 30 of this year. We hope that more of our readers will become members and support MIA, as this is the only financial support we receive to run this website.
Here is an updated report on our finances, our readership, and our future plans. Most important, we are pleased to announce that we are now planning to hold a Mad In America International Film Festival from October 9th-12th, 2014, at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts.
MIA Income Statement, January 1 2013 through June 30 2013.
|MIA Member Support||$7,313|
|Labor (Editorial and Web Management)||$16,165|
|Internet hosting fees, etc.||$1,978|
Readership report, January through June 2013
Unique Visitors: 228,148
Total Pageviews: 1.5 Million
Number of Countries Reached: 196
Top 10 Countries: US, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Finland, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark
Top Google Search Terms (by Impressions): Seroquel, Ablixa, Benzo, Benzo Withdrawal
Most Popular Articles:
1) Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill
2) Not so Black: Ablixa and Homicidal Side Effects
3) After Seroquel
4) Things Your Doctor Should Tell You About Antidepressants
5) There’s No Duct Tape for Benzo Withdrawal
Planning for a Mad In America International Film Festival, September 2014
Mad In America is planning to hold a 3-day international film festival from October 9th-12th, 2014, at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts. We expect it will include the following:
- Documentary films from the U.S. and abroad
- Showings of classic “mad” films
- “Mad” artwork
- Possible theatre presentations
We Need Your Support
Your support is what enables us to run this website, and also build a community that, I believe, is helping to promote real change in how our society thinks about psychiatric disorders and possible treatments for them. As our community of readers includes people from 196 countries, the website is prompting such rethinking of psychiatry in many social circles. With the financial support of our readers, Mad in America will continue to evolve and grow.
For those who have become MIA members, we thank you. And if you have not become a member, please consider whether you would like to support us in building this community, and helping our website continue.
Mad in America hosts blogs by a diverse group of writers. These posts are designed to serve as a public forum for a discussion—broadly speaking—of psychiatry and its treatments. The opinions expressed are the writers’ own.
It’s interesting that small Northern countries such as Finland, Sweden and Denmark have been giving so much hits to this site. I live in Finland and it often seems that in the public discussion there’s no discussion about the drugs, etc, at all. And for example in Finland, there’s only five million people living in the whole country! I hope I didn’t cause all of those clicks by myself. 😉
The biggest problem for me to subscribing was the trouble of subscribing. Surely I can give a pint per month to MiA, but the subscribing process seemed too troublesome. I decided it’s worth it.
(BTW, I keep on having issues with paying. It whines about the address – it might be a foreign country issue. I’ll try it again tomorrow and if it still doesn’t work, I’ll contact Matthew or someone.)
I am also outside of the US and the orange button, Pay Pal wouldn’t allow me to enter the required info to donate. The other option, the blue button (authorize.net), offered under “support MIA” allowed me to donate.
I’m really sorry you’re having trouble. I will look into this.
Thanks. And I’m talking about the subscription thing which takes place within the MiA site, not PayPal. For one, there are not any “states” in Finland. There are types of provinces but they’re never used in addresses.
Sent you an email. I think I need a little more information.
If anyone needs any reminders why this site is needed, please visit Pete Early’s blog and read all the comments. Please, please, please donate whatever you can if you haven’t done so already. THIS SITE CANNOT DIE DUE TO LACK OF FUNDING.
Not to sound like one of those annoying sales folks but I wanted to again remind folks to contribute whatever they can financially to support this site. Our lives depend on it.
Fundraising idea for the first 10 days of August: every reader adopts an MIA blogger for a day with a special $10 dollar donation and a thank you for how that person’s writing has been a valuable read for us.
I have a long list but my first tenner is a thank you for Laura Delano’s blog for giving my twenties something son hope for recovery.
Matt, how many regular readers are there, including reader/writers?
There are over 1000 user accounts on the site, almost all of which are real people. We have around 2000 unique visitors a day, and 30,000-40,000 unique visitors per month.
That’s a nice healty sum of money that has come in but also quite a large debt. I guess you have a financial projection. I hope the rest gets paid off.
A film festival sounds a nice idea and a good way of moving outwards and encourageing more of a movement, one that builds on what has already happened of course.
We had some initial investments so we’re not in any debt, but we do need to be moving toward a self-sustaining revenue model. Reader donations are one part of that — the only part right now.
I would like to donate but was unable to do so from Australia. The blue button system doesn’t accept my card number, and the orange Paypal page only allows input of American states even when my country is specified. Groan. Anyway, keep up your brilliantly encouraging and motivating compassion.
You can create a paypal account with an Australian address. You may need to create the account first, and then come back to our page and click the orange Donate button, since our donate link defaults to the US version of Paypal. If you login with your Australian account from the donate page, that should work fine. I’d like it if you would like me know.
Any word on what films will be playing in the filmfest in Massachusetts? (and which days?)