I'm always brewing up ways to bring better information to the community, and lately I've been bit by the travel bug. See, it's one thing to sit at my desk late at night pouring over emails, Twitter @replies, price trends, and the like. It's another thing entirely to be doing the reporting from the front lines. Interviewing dealers, traders, players, listening to the right people and writing the right things.
That sort of up-to-date info can only come from someone who is on-site at the events. I am interested in seeing how my readers would like this sort of thing. The main snag is, ironically enough, the finances of the issue. I don't have the bankroll allocated for copious amounts of world travel. My goal is to get enough people behind this idea that a major site would pick it up and sponsor my travels.
The benefit to this idea is exclusive up-to-date content, and given the time-sensitive nature of financial news, it could prove very valuable to dealers and players alike. I firmly believe that this is the next evolution of QS and what it stands for. Many people are used to getting great content for free, which I believe is good and right. It costs me a negligible amount of money to run this site. All it takes is my time, which, although valuable, is best used in service to the MTG community. An undertaking like this requires more overhead than I can earmark from QS right now, thus why I am attempting to partner with a larger site or dealer. To that end, I want to know if this is the kind of content and service that you would pay for. I'd love to do it for free, and I'm sure everyone would love to read it for free, but unless the folks at American Airlines want to sponsor me, I'm afraid plane tickets still cost money.
I'm going to put an "Other" option on the poll. If you vote "Other", please leave a comment with what you think something like this ought to cost and your ideas. Leave your ideas one way or the other! I hope people don't think this is KBR trying to sell out 🙂 Mainly, I want to provide great coverage and experience the community as deeply as I can, and being at events is the only way to do so. Your feedback, as always, is welcome!