Over the past 6 months we’ve been asked what sets Make Memphis! apart from other sites like “Choose 901” or “I Love Memphis.” Well, while those sites are fantastic cheerleaders for the city, and came along at the exact right time to boost citizen morale, we feel like it’s time to take the next step and take a critical view of our fair city, it’s leaders and it’s future.
We want to share the thoughts and stories of the people of Memphis and encourage them to be as honest as possible. We want anyone who has a vision for change to have a platform to share that vision. We are excited when citizens question the systems that aren’t working and seek out better solutions for decades old problems.
So far the feedback has been great! We’ve had 50,000 visitors to the site and we now have over 3,000 members in our Facebook Group! We have a lot of ideas to grow the site even more and to give more citizens the opportunity to voice their concerns and ideas. We’ve also reached the point where it’s time to figure out how to pay for the site.
We’ve thought about this a lot. As other Memphis-oriented sites are sponsored by city organizations or donors with specific interests, we are weary to go that route. Not only do we not want to spend time courting advertisers or donors (we’d rather spend our time looking for stories and cultivating ideas) but we are worried that once we have sponsorships, our voices may be censored. Above all else, we want this site to be a place where people can share their thoughts honestly. Could we be critical of the city or it’s leaders if we sought out public money? We’re not sure the politics that come along with that, but we have the feeling that it wouldn’t go over well!
So, for now we’ve decided to self-fund with merchandise sales. So, if you believe in our mission and have enjoyed our content, we hope you will support Make Memphis! by purchasing a t-shirt. We have a lot of ideas for more content but we can’t do it without your help! Click on the photo to see our vast array of designs with lots more to come! And thank you for your support!