It's a pretty good analogy actually. I imagine most of our users as toothless drunks who sit in the dark corner of the internet mumbling to themselves...
We've done okay in the grand scheme of things I think. If I were to put a price on it, I'd say it's lost $10k, but most of that was at the start where our hosting fees were much higher than now. We own our own hardware these days, not rented anymore - so the monthly cost has gone down significantly but the upfront cost went up massively :/ That said, with running costs & the advertising on porn it roughly breaks even each month (we probably lose a couple of bucks a month - nothing major).
I've been looking lately at ordering more hardware. That'll increase both the running & purchase costs to the point where we make a decent loss again, and we'll never get the money spent back, but that's ok - it's been worth it for the ride. It was never about money, it was always about a fun place to have a laugh and try to do something a bit different.
The little sites like ours were left behind a long time ago. Hopefully we've got another 10 years left in us yet