InSerbia’s public plea

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On July 6 2017 the Day of the Diaspora of Serbia was held. I attended. I am disappointed. If I exclude the speech made by Mr. Ninkovic from Chicago, the rest was unbelievable. Without realistic proposals, without the idea and goal how to unite Serbs from Serbia and Serbs from the Diaspora. Complete hopelessness from my perspective. But, there was plenty of marketing – My company did this, my foundation did that, etc. – and awards.

There has long been a joke that says: “How smart Serbs call dumb Serbs? By phone from abroad”. Listening to individual speakers, topics and conversations in the hallways, I got the impression that the situation is opposite in some cases. Comparing things that can not be compared, showing incomplete facts as accurate, warning of something that has long been known and dealing with things, in my opinion, in a completely wrong way, all this indicates that the Serbian Diaspora and the motherland will not find a joint language for a long time.

A large number of complaints brought by the Serbian Diaspora were that nobody answers their letters. Well, welcome to my world.

All my letters written to Diaspora, as well as their written to the Government of Serbia, concern the welfare of Serbia. What matters is that none of us have received any answer. Neither I from the Diaspora, neither them from the Government. So let’s get angry now.

Let’s take InSerbia News portal as an example.

InSerbia was founded in 2013 in Serbia as a non-profit non-governmental foundation. Our goal was to create an English-language internet portal with news from Serbia and thus fill the void that nobody else in Serbia, private or state media did not want to fill in. The maintenance of the portal is done exclusively by volunteers – from the USA through India to Japan – when they have spare time.

Since its foundation InSerbia has the goal of promoting Serbia and changing the media image of Serbia in the world. We are also one of the main sources of information to the Serbian Diaspora who no longer speaks Serbian language, but are interested in what is going on in Serbia and around it.

During these more than 4 years of existence, we came to 10 million page views per month on average. With this, we have come to a large (for us living in Serbia) debt towards the creditors, because the entire portal is financed by two people – founders, from their pockets and maintained by their knowledge and dedication.

Although “InSerbia” has been ranked by major search engines such as Google and Bing so it stands on an equal footing with those larger than itself, although we helped the world public to drastically change the image it had about Serbia, pushed world media to report about catastrophic floods that once hit Serbia, to actively participate in #NoKosovoUNESCO action, to receive praise from all sides, as well as from foreign and domestic diplomats and public figures, the help we received is virtually non-existent.

InSerbia today co-operates with a number of media and organizations and was quoted by global media such as Eurosport, National Geographics, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, BBC, Marca, LA Times, The Washington Post, SBS Australia, Bleacher Report, TMZ, Kommersant, Sputnik, Russia Today, The Blaze, RFE / RL, Huffington Post, USA Today, Business Insider, 20minutes , BFMTV, PowNed, … The list goes on indefinitely.

When one looks at what we have achieved in Serbia’s name with less than $100 at start, it is striking that we have received more help from the Greeks than from the Serbs. Serbs are not interested in InSerbia. Greeks are, so Thank God for brothers Greeks!

Individuals accuse us daily of being “part of the Russian propaganda machinery”, some are bothered with us because we are not writing praises (or more criticism) about the Serbian Government, and some from Kosovo are even threatening us with murder as soon as they get the chance. Nevertheless, maintained exclusively with our own resources, InSerbia has survived for years, thanks to dedication, efforts and sacrifices of founders and volunteers.

Everything has its end, and on this occasion I am forced, after finally finding out that there is no help from the Serbian diaspora, to ask for help from the people who visit our portal.

If you follow us, if you trust us, if you want us to continue our work – please donate. Your little means a lot to us.

PLEASE DONATE VIA PayPal to [email protected]

Without your donation InSerbia will inevitably go further into debt, which will force us to turn off the lights before the end of this year and throw all the effort into the water. And it would not be the first time that someone who did good things for Serbia goes down to oblivion. We, the Serbs, are used to that.

This is our last plea and there will be no more.

With respect,
Vladimir Stoiljkovic
Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder

7 COMMENTS

  1. Can you make a workable link for the Paypal donation?

    I think the Serbian diaspora and Serbs need more direct in-person visits to form a true relationship. Perhaps certain tours or connections can be arranged. It is important for diaspora Serbs to visit as much of Serbia as possible – not just Belgrade and Novi Sad.
    Serbs in Serbia can help outline and prepare these packaged tours/visits based on length of time and budget to make the most of it but not be over-rushed.
    The more expensive and longer could include visits to spas, tickets to ballet/plays/theaters, wine tasting, upscale restaurants, etc.
    But also tours that have Serbia’s countryside and visit and even stay with local townspeople, and nature tours in the mountains, parks, rivers/canoeing, etc. Or just a basic short tour where they stay with Serbian families and get to know them.

  2. With all due respect Serbs.

    You have a team of professionals compiling news and business news from South Eastern Europe
    on a non-profit basis that you can access on the Internet. Honestly, what else can you ask for?
    I really think that you should appreciate the fact that people are motivated to work hard,
    in order to bring you objective and bias free news.

    This team now needs your help. All you have to do is to chip in and help out. It is not harder than
    to contribute with a donation Today, as much as you can spare. I have contributed, so can you.

    Don’t fool yourselves, you won’t get better news about SE Europe than this. Make a difference and
    make a donation right now.

    Best Regards,

    Al

  3. InSerbia is an excellent news site on a par with ‘RT’ & ‘Sputnik’. I often comment on the articles and the news remains fresh & honest. I’m sure with a little patience news org.s like this one will reverse the collective cultural amnesia suffered by the ‘global’ Serbs both domestic and abroad. I think the InSerbia staff should congratulate itself on a job well done and not lose heart with its mission. This globalist trend is being suffered by all europeans not just Serbs and it is truly heart-breaking to see the Europeans commit cultural suicide by throwing away their heritage to ape American ‘anti’ culture. Just don’t give up. I certainly need you.

  4. Hi,
    I have a question – why does having more views increase debt instead of generating ad revenue and is there something that can be done about said ad revenue potential? I am not asking in any malicious intent, I do intend on donating because I prefer your site over most/all of the local media, despite living in Serbia proper.

    • Hi Sonja,

      Operational costs are fixed every month and ads income is not. Many people have adblock installed, many times Google / Adversal does not have ads that really bring money, and less than 1pct of people actually click on ads. We do not have sponsorship ads, only CPC/CPM ads and if we could afford it, we would remove them completely because they are not worth it. The only time in year that ads really cover costs is around Black Friday. However, in this situation, it is better something than nothing. That is why we had to “slow down” with website and intentionally let it down with number of visitors (from 20k Alexa rank to 200k) to lower op costs.

      • Alright, I donated a bit of money, not much, but I’ll try to click on ads more often.
        There perhaps could be some alternative ways to implement ads in a more useful manner.
        Greetings.

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