This blog will be three years old on December 19. Thanks to all you readers for making it possible!
Readers have often and generously asked about a tip jar. If you have enjoyed this blog, I hope you will consider making a wee contribution.
Inquiring minds might wonder why it has taken so long to implement something so (ahem) obvious. The short answer is that the cobbler’s children always go unshod. Even though I am a good project manager when I am being paid to do so, it is quite another matter when I am the client. Every time I have to choose between an administrative task and bloggging, blogging always seems like a better use of my time from the readers’ perspective. Thus, you are subject to ads for Asian girl dating services and more recently, tips for losing belly fat for far longer than any reasonable person should have to put up with such eyesores (although the weird bit about those awful ads is someone MUST be clicking on them, otherwise Google would not keep serving them).
And yes, I have upon occasion tried getting into better ad networks. One promised a lot and fell far short both on number of ads served; another service wound up putting me through real hell, and then since the book project (March) I have been perpetually behind the eight ball and have done nada on that front.
Another complicating and distressing factor was that the fellow who had been helping with technology and ads (Ed Wright) got busy with client work, and then was discovered to have stage 4 cancer. It’s non-Hodgkins lymphoma, which in theory is treatable (60% survival rate) but he got two serious infections after the first chemo treatment, and has been in the hospital for nearly five weeks. If his doctors can get him in shape to receive more treatments, he will be getting them in a nursing home. Assuming he pulls through, it would be very nice if I could give him a book or two (he is an avid reader) and tell him it was from NC readers.
So aside from getting Ed something to distract him from his chemo, other uses of tip jar contributions would include spending on support to do a redesign, fixing the annoying problem with the recent archives not working properly (this probably entails getting a new webhost, which takes some research) and other long overdue tech tasks, plus doing something nice for the guest bloggers who have been so generous with their support. And I also need to get a site up for the book, ECONNED, by mid-January or so (3/2/10 publication date) and again I am nowhere on that task and need to find some assistance there too…
Some readers had wanted me to take time to recharge. This was reader Earl Crockett’s idea:
While your efforts, and substantial contribution, deserve a subscription fee it may/might defeat the strong everyman/woman “we’re in this together” nature of your site, and it would undoubtedly be more complex to install and manage.
I wish to propose the founding of an “Yves Smith Well Being and Restoration Fund” so you can jet off to the Caribbean Island of your choice on every Tuesday and Wednesday when nothing of substance ever happens anymore [this was during the heat of the crisis, when the cliffhangers took all weekend].
What I’ve seen that might work is a “PayPal” button at the bottom of pages that allows for a voluntary “contribution”. In your case I would put the button on the top. And without “any pride of authorship” I would use the title that I proposed. It speaks to the truth of the matter.
Hopefully I’ll get around to rebranding the tip jar along these lines…but I think getting rid of the dreadful fat ladies is a higher priority!
Thanks again for your support and interest!