And file this one under "You've really got to be fucking kidding me"
Since I'm nothing if not fair, I can't complain about the atrocious Protein Wisdom trying to sucker people out of their money while not being just as critical of AMERICAblog after finding out that they're holding a needless fund drive, too.
There are some differences here, though. I can credit Jeff Goldstein with being honest about why he wants money. His reasons are totally selfish but at least he comes out and admits them. But John at AMERICAblog, on the other hand, makes some lame excuses for why he wants your money, and they only come off as guilt trips filled with bullshit.
Let's shoot some holes in them, shall we?
Consider the blog a newspaper or magazine. You'd pay for those without missing a beat, why not do the same for your favorite blogs?Why wouldn't I donate money to a greedy blogger whereas I'd buy a newspaper or magazine? Because bloggers don't do the work that newspapers and magazines do. Despite all the shitty, lazy coverage that newspapers have provided lately, there's still glimmers of hope in their coverage and -- more importantly -- they're still the outlets which break most the big stories that bloggers endlessly chat about. (Emphasis on "most" since there are some online outlets, like Raw Story, which also break stories. But Raw Story isn't really a blog, either, and I find their coverage so good and original that I have donated to them before.)
As for magazines, I pay for those to read articles by experts and also for great investigative reporting. A good magazine combines both and deserves to be paid for. There's absolutely no comparisan between a Harpers, Atlantic Monthly, Mother Jones, and a blog. None. Some blogs come close, but AMERICAblog has never come close. So why the fuck should I donate to a blog that's just going to rehash the news it gets from newspapers and magazines?
Consider the blog an advocacy organization, like your favorite gay rights group, civil rights org, liberal non-profit, etc. We do the same activism they do, some might argue we do it a lot better, and they get millions to the campaigns we do for free.Sweet baby Jesus, where do I even begin with this one? Do I even want to begin? Suddenly blogs do as much work as Planned Patenthood does? And NOW? And Greenpeace? Holy fucking shit, John, where does your ego end?
This is now my full-time job, which means my salary comes pretty much exclusively from this blog rather than the consulting business I've mostly given up in order to do AMERICAblog.Three words: Too Fucking Bad.
If blogging is your full time job, just like reporters at newspapers and magazines have full time jobs, then I expect you to procure sources, do interviews, perform research, and write outstanding, lengthy pieces that explain today's issues. No open threads, no mass quoting of mainstream articles with a two sentence reply, none of that shit. Pump out original work if you're blogging full time.
We are about to move and upgrade the blog to a new server, and that is going to cost us thirty to forty thousand dollars over the next year. [...]Oh boo fucking hoo. So for the past two years you've been getting free webhosting from Blogger, and for the majority of that time period you've had some pretty expensive advertisment rates. $695 purchases an ad for a week, $1250 for two weeks, $2250 for a month... I know that BlogAds takes 30% of those rates, but after that you're still left with thousands of dollars, John. I just counted nine ads currently on display at AMERICAblog.
As I mentioned the other day, we hit our server limit with Blogger - the blog has simply gotten too big for the space they offer. It's not Blogger's fault, they're just not built for really big blogs.
So after a year of reaping thousands a week off advertisments while getting free hosting at Blogger, you're begging for money because switching to your own domain will cost you $30-40,000?
Get a fucking savings account, asshole.
And I'd be remiss not to mention that John is holding another fund drive (John's post I've linked to is from October 2005, but he has a link to it on the front page of his blog right now; just wanted to make this note so you know that I'm not quoting old information) after asking his readers if we should even criticize Democrats, this question coming at the request of some DC Democrats that he knows.
You know, John, if you need so much money then why don't you ask your DC Democrat buddies to start funding your propaganda operation. It's quite rude place the burden on anybody else.