UPDATE: First, I’d like to thank everybody who contributed to helping me keep both this blog and myself going. I’d hoped to be able to raise enough to cover the Daily Pundit hard nut for a year – something in the neighborhood of $2400. We didn’t even come close to managing half of that, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles. Like every other source of income for Daily Pundit, donations are down well over 75% (from two years ago).
I don’t think it’s the traffic, which has remained steady, or the blog itself, or even you, dear readers. I think everybody is just two years more broke as we moved two years deeper into the grave of the Obama economy.
Anyway, once again, my heartfelt gratitude to all of you. As I said, every little bit helps, and this certainly helped. I couldn’t be more grateful, and I will continue to try to merit the unstinting support and kindness you all have shown me.
Well, phooey. I hate doing this sort of thing, but….
The last time I ran a fundraiser was two years ago. Things have changed in some ways since then. For one thing, Amazon reinstated their Associate’s commission program in California, and for a while, that brought in a decent amount of income for the blog, me, and the Prexy Pomeranian. Which is one reason I didn’t run a fund drive last year.
Unfortunately, things have taken a turn for the worse. Commission and ad income is way, way down. I’m not sure why, but the fact remains that they are, even though the readership seems to have held steady and even gone up a tetch. All I can think of is that many of you have been so enriched by the New Obama Economy that you’re no longer able to buy anything much beyond the bare necessities. On top of that, almost all of the (incredibly generous – thanks so much!) monthly donations have petered out.
So, that’s one thing, the income side of the ledger. The other side is the expense side, and that has deteriorated considerably as well. As I noted in the last fundraiser, back then my expenses in actual cash outlays weren’t that high, maybe a hundred bucks a year or so.
But then the service I got at my old host deteriorated to the point that I had to move. Next, this blog apparently became the favorite target of people Who Don’t Like What I Post Here, and devote a lot of resources to trying to hack, crack, brute force, and DDOS their way into shutting me down or taking me over. As a result, I had to go to a much more expensive hosting package at my new host, which currently runs around $70 a month, approximately an 800% increase. On top of that, I now pay for a monthly service that constantly monitors my server for intrusions, malware, and other problems, and then fixes any it finds. This runs another $100 a month, so overall, my costs have increased about 1800% while my income has fallen by close to 60%.
So I’m trying to seal over the hemorrhage by, well, begging.
Because I do need money for myself, to keep me going. I do spend a fair amount of time working on Daily Pundit, and I could blather on about opportunity costs, which would actually be true. But the fact is, I’m starting to get broke again. I’m likely to stay broke for a while, and I could use your help. And I expect I’m not going to get it unless I ask for it.
I pointed out in linking to Jeff Goldstein’s monthly blegathon that he has thousands of readers, and if only half of them kicked in only a buck a month, he’d be in pretty good shape. I’m in exactly the same situation. If half of my readers ponied up a single buck each month, I’d be in reasonably decent shape, too.
I’m serious about this. A buck here and there would make a difference. I’m in a position right now where even an extra fifty bucks a month in income from this blog would be significant. So, how about it?
Can you spare a buck this month to help me out?
Click the donation link at the bottom this post, or the one over there at the top of the right sidebar any time. You don’t have to be a PayPal member to use a credit card or bank account transfer to contribute. I’ll be grateful for whatever you can manage, even that dollar bill I’m talking about. It all adds up. And it all helps.
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