UPDATED: It’s Time For the New and Improved Every Other Year Daily Pundit Fund Raiser
Bill Quick

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.

Bill Quick

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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?

Thanks!

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.

Thanks.

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About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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UPDATED: It’s Time For the New and Improved Every Other Year Daily Pundit Fund Raiser — 17 Comments

  1. My Amazon revenue is down almost half from earlier this year. My revenue from other self-pub sites is down somewhat. Not enough data there to draw any conclusions but maybe some others can chime in.

    I’d guess that you’re right: reduced income, greatly increased uncertainty, and rising expenses* have cut away at disposable income and the willingness to spend what’s left.

    * As they say, it’s a good thing there’s no inflation. Otherwise, all these prices increases would just kill us.

    For myself, my poverty has a more specific cause than general economic woes. I got my youngest out of public school and am paying for that, on top of “contributing” to my sons’ college educations. I could write a long and invective-laced diatribe about the state of college financing, but I’d rather spend the time at the whetstone. The night of the long knives is coming, and I’ve been making up my list, oh yes I have. Anyway, the family runs a deficit most months. And it seems that every time I think there’s going to be a little left over some surprise expense comes up, most recently automotive woes.

    Bottom line, I’d like to chip in, Bill, but I can’t justify it when we’re running in the red.

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  3. I’ve been on the recurring-payments dealie for some time, now, too – since I’m working right now, I’ll see about upping the amount. It’s for sure a better-value “investment” than anything this continuing Obamaconomy is producing – plus, we have reason to know you’re getting more and more effective at pissing off – while pissing on – some or all of the “right (Left) people”; if you weren’t, why would some be trying so hard to shut you down?

  4. My, my – what a fun time I’ve just had with good ol’ PayPal -

    Should probably be properly-termed either “PayEnemy” or “PayMoron”…

    Long (and painful) story short: There ain’t no way to simply change the amount of the payment made under a pre-set monthly payment arrangement through PayMoron. In order to revise the amount of the recurring-payment arrangement, I’d have – apparently – had to void the prior agreement, then set up a whole new agreement online. Double-bad part would be that – again, apparently – there would have been a lag in the setup, and that might have caused no payment at all to be made for up to a month – clearly unacceptable.

    So – instead, I set up a second recurring-payment arrangement, specifying the same payment amount as with the first one. That way there will be – presumably – two like-sized payments per month, almost certainly on different dates – thus accomplishing what I set out to do (a couple of days ago, actually!), while not causing any gap in the payout…I think.

    I just have to keep an eye on what happens next month – to make sure it actually goes the way it’s supposed to go.

    Need to, in general, keep a pretty close, beady-eyed watch on PayEnemy anyway – they have a disturbing tendency to regard any funds within reach as THEIRs, rather than as the payor’s, or even the payee’s…

    Meanwhile – be well…even though you’re still living in the PDRK, Bill…

    • Yah, I don’t do PayShithole, not for almost ten years. Not since they grabbed my account because of “suspicious payments”. No explanation for what raised suspicions. And I never did get the whole amount back, though they claimed I did — but payment’s out of my client’s account, payments in to my account, fees, money seized, and money returned never did add up. Bottom line: Fuck you, PayPal. I’ll put my money in a Bulgarian bank before I deal with you again.

      (No, I didn’t bother suing the scumbags. The amount was around a hundred dollars, IIRC, enough to be annoying but not to be worth suing.)