I have been running the Rubyland.news aggregator for two years now, as just a hobby spare time thing. Because I wanted a ruby blog and news aggregator, and wasn’t happy with what was out there then, and thought it would be good for the community to have it.
I am not planning or trying to make money from it, but it does have some modest monthly infrastructure fees that I like getting covered. So I’m happy to report that Ruby Magic has agreed to sponsor Rubyland.news for a modest $20/month for six months.
Ruby Magic is an email list you can sign up for for occasional emails about ruby. They also have an RSS feed, so I’ve been able to include them on Rubyland.news for some time. I find their articles to often be useful introductions or refreshers to particular topics about ruby language fundamentals. (It tends not to be about Rails, I know some people appreciate some non-Rails-focused sources of ruby info). Personally, I’ve been using ruby for years, and the way I got as comfortable with it as I am is by always asking “wait, how does that work then?” about things I run into, always being curious about what’s going on and what the alternatives are and what tools are available, starting with the ruby language itself and it’s stdlib.
These days, blogging, on a platform with an RSS feed too, seems to have become a somewhat rarer thing, so I’m also grateful that Ruby Magic articles are available through RSS feed, so I can include then in rubyland.news. And of course for the modest sponsorship of Rubyland.news, helping to pay infrastructure costs to keep the lights on. As always, I value full transparency in any sponsorship of rubyland.news; I don’t intend it to affect any editorial policies (I was including Ruby Magic feed already); but I will continue to be fully transparent about any sponsorship arrangements and values, so you can judge for yourself (a modest $20/month from Ruby Magic; no commitment beyond a listing on About page, and this particular post you are reading now, which is effectively a sponsored post).
I also just realized I am two years into Rubyland.news. I don’t keep usage analytics (was too lazy to set it up, and not entirely clear how to do that in case where people might be consuming it as an RSS feed itself), although it’s got 156 followers on it’s twitter feed (all aggregated content is also syndicated to twitter, which I thought was a neat feature). I’m honestly not sure how useful it is to anyone other than me, or what people changes people might want; feedback is welcome!