… Just sayin’.
I saw this handwritten on a notice stuck to the bar in a pub the other day, and I thought it was pretty good — good enough to steal, anyway.
As many of our readers know, we run advertisements on this blog with a view to paying Jacques for his sterling efforts, covering our hosting costs and buying us the occasional meal out. We had grand visions at one point of being able to give our guest posters something for their contributions — even if it were only in kind, like a bottle of wine. However, it seems that as a result of the stoush that our broker got into in January/February last year, our advertising revenue is not going to recover — at least not for the foreseeable. That doesn’t mean it won’t, ever, just that it has been negligible for a year now and there is nothing on the horizon that looks like we are going to buck that trend.
This means that we’ll be doing the occasional call for donations like this one, rather than relying on the (basically non-existent) advertising revenue, all the while hoping that the advertising will come good eventually. I realise that ‘hit the tip jar, please’ posts are characteristic of other blogs, and we’d hoped to avoid them here. I also have to admit writing this right now feels incredibly naff, and it’s taken me a week to muster up the courage to do it. I’d promised Legal Eagle and DEM last week that I’d do a donations post… and then sat on my hands just feeling, well, awkward.
We can’t offer you any nice incentives, like making your donations tax deductible or providing mugs or shirts or anything like that (I know some blogs do, through companies like CafePress, but it never seemed quite our thing). We think our lawyer-eagle is pretty cool, but perhaps not on a mug. Definitely not on a mug.
So, if you like what we do, please feel free to swing by and drop some money in the tip jar. If you wish to be immortalized (either anonymously or not), let us know, although the trend seems to be away from any sort of disclosure. Whatever you prefer, we’ll be enormously grateful (we always remember who gave us money, believe me!).
In the meantime, we’ll do our best to keep providing the best content we can, from our varying perspectives.