As you’ve probably noticed (if you’ve been around for a bit or have been reading our blog) we’ve made a lot of changes to the site. You Can Carry started off as a hobby while I began my journey into the concealed carry world, but because of the tremendous strength in the community it has grown beyond my expectations back when I got started with it. It’s jumped past a hobby and what I can manage in my ‘spare’ time. It’s become increasingly difficult to maintain the site and keep it updated and current. Over the last couple years it has become very clear that the site needed more time and attention. With my full time job taking most of my time and my family taking what was left the site got updated when I could get around to it. I also lacked some skills necessary to properly update and maintain the site requiring me to get some assistance with various parts. However, last summer I quit my job and started a small business with a few guys and we’ve all teamed up to help put the time, attention and skills needed to make sure that You Can Carry continues to be an authoritative and accurate source for concealed carry information. We are also preparing some plans to take You Can Carry to the next level.
I want to continue to provide the information and resources for everyone, so I’ve started committing some of my work time to help push forward. However, to do this the site needs to begin to pay for itself and help cover my time, as well as the other guys that are helping me. So here are some of the changes that we’re putting into effect:
-We’ve put more prominent and targeted ads on the site. It’s had some ads for a while now but nothing we’ve spent too much time on and nothing that was paying the bills. So we’re going to be looking for ads that we feel will be attractive to readers of You Can Carry and we will be tracking the ads to see which ones the community responds well to.
-The directory listings are going to become paid listings now. This is one of the biggest time commitments for the site. We’ve spent a lot of time and money updating our directory management system to help but it’s still going to be tough to make all the edits and add the new listings. This is pretty typical of directories online and we expect that the benefits of a listing will be well worth the charge.
-We’ve increased our commitment to the site and to keeping it updated. In the past it took north of 6 months sometimes to update reciprocity maps or directories. But we want to be able to stay on top of these much quicker now.
-I’m working on a second volume of Concealed Carry Essentials that can help those who have already received their permit to make informed decisions about concealed carry without making a lot of the same mistakes, losing money, and wasting time that can easily happen to those new to concealed carry.
-We’re working out the details on future enhancements for the site which may include some tools and resources for gun owners. No details yet, but we’re looking into some possibilities that could be really cool.
All in all, we’re very excited about moving forward and being able to provide great information about firearms and concealed carry. We hope everyone enjoys the new You Can Carry site!