As far as publishing goes, blogging is cheap.
I had a guy offer to print a book for me a long time ago. No problem, he said, just about $7,000 for a short-run paperback. I screamed so loud I scared the ferrets.
Blogging is cheap, but it still isn’t free.
Your contributions will help us with hosting costs. We’ll stay live while Blogger’s imploding or eating posts or barfing up Haloscan comments left and right.
Your contributions will help us travel to bring you better stories. We want to go back to New Orleans next spring and continue reporting and working from there, so that the biggest government failure in American history doesn’t just slip into the memory hole. I want to take our kickass politics message (unofficial motto: Get Back Up) to anyplace that’ll have me. Thanks to our network of awesome readers we can find couches to crash on, but unless there’s a First Drafter out there with a plane, getting there is still a challenge.
Most of all, your contributions will help us with tech. Scout just got hooked up with a decent Internet provider for the first time in her life, but when her computer goes down, I can’t just say to her, go get it fixed and the blog will cover it.
I have a five-year-old laptop that’s on its last legs. The space bar hasn’t worked right in a year, it’s making a strange screeching noise at random moments like it’s protesting all the use I give it, and I am on this thing from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. most days. I have quite literally worn the finish off the edges of the casingwith my wrists. That is a LOT of writing, most of it for here.
Your contributions will feed Holden’s ponies. Apples are expensive.
So if you like what you see, help us make it possible. You don’t have to give a lot. If we get 100 people kicking in $10 each, that’ll go a long way towards making this blog a better, shinier, faster version of the crack-den-annex it already is.
If you’ve already kicked in, thank you! If you haven’t, please give if you can.
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