Datechguy is in need of rescue from kind hearted readers, please see why HERE and hit his tip jar (via The Other McCain, who also appreciates and deserves some tip jar love), and I find myself on the brink of blogcatastrophe as well.
Tomorrow my internet will be cut off if I can't pay the bill by the close of the business day, and also, we are running out of necessities like food, diapers and COFFEE here. (The price for even a no-name brand can of coffee has more than tripled at my local stores in just the past few months!) I am about $200 short of keeping the internet on and being able to get through the next week and a half until we have some money again.
I am very grateful to reader friends Leslie and SignPainterGuy who sent birthday cheer which helped me stave off disaster for a little while longer than I would have been able to do without their kindness, and if any other kind souls were to hit my tip jar, I could stave it off a bit longer until business picks up for husband and me. I have gotten over 80,000 "impressions" for the new ads on my blogs that will give me a small commission from sales, but not a dime has shown up for me yet; either nobody is shopping at all those wonderful companies (which offer terrific products and services at great bargains) or there is a delay in reporting those sales. Husband works all day at a hot and physically intense job and then works all night getting his new business venture off the ground. I know he will be successful, but beginnings are hard.
I also offer custom made ads for anyone who would like to have their businesses showcased here, but there have been few takers. My internet is bundled with my phone service, and the prospect of being unable to communicate with the outside world while stranded in my house with two young children (I have had no car since February because we cannot afford transmission repairs) is a bit terrifying, I must admit. Also, the internet is necessary for the business projects of both husband and myself (and necessary for any freelancing work I might be able to find) that will help us to some day climb back up into the ranks of the lower middle class, so losing it will be a setback. It will be about a week and a half before I will be able to get back online.
If you enjoy this blog or the work done at the A-C page, please help if you can.
I recently wrote a post here in reply to certain blogger's proclamation that the Conservative blogs will be facing a slow painful death and that if they can't join a big outfit they should quit blogging and write in their diaries at home instead of posting online. Stacy McCain finally found the time to weigh in on the matter while working his butt off being the blogging HERO that he is, you can read it HERE. Stacy correctly explains that in terms of readership, smaller right-blogs are doing just fine, the big problem most of us have is monetizing, which is why we must sometimes resort to rattling ye olde tip jar. Stacy recently Tweeted something which would make a great T-Shirt Slogan:
There are two kinds of people in the world: Good people, and ungrateful sons of bitches who never hit a blogger's tip jar.He wrote a post about that tweet yesterday, where he let everyone know about the fact that Datechguy can really use some help right now. Stacy makes a great point about the lack of support that right-bloggers get from Republican donors:
Here’s the really galling fact: During the 2010 election cycle, the major Republican Party national committees (RNC, NRSC, NRCC) raised $589.6 million. Averaged over the 24 months of the two-year election cycle, that’s more than $24 million per month.It is a matter of fact that the hard work of Conservative bloggers greatly benefits Republican politicians, for example, my little blog played a big role in getting a Republican elected to my Congressional District last fall after I exposed our then sitting Democrat Congressman as the far left radical enemy of free speech that he is.
A mere 1% of that total would be $245,667. And with a quarter-million bucks a month, you could pay $1,800 monthly to 136 bloggers.
Now, $1,800 a month is only $21,600 a year — scarcely a lucrative income — but what would that kind of money mean to a lot of those who are blogging part-time?
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not suggesting that the GOP put conservative bloggers on their payroll. (That would tend to impede our ability to call them idiots when they screw up, which they so often do.) Rather, what I am expressing is my frustration that Republican donors — people who are giving more than $24 millon a month to the official GOP – can’t see the value of providing a small measure of support to the conservative blogosphere. That’s just shameful.
I will use whatever time I have left online to put up some stuff both here and at the A-C page that I think my readers will enjoy and to help my fellow bloggers out the only way that I can right now, by linking to them and telling you why you should go visit them and perhaps hit their tip jars too! I am living for the day when the hard work of husband and I will yield the benefit of pushing the wolves a bit further from the door and also when I can pay it forward and merrily go around hitting the many other tip jars of great bloggers who are in need of some encouragement, because as Stacy McCain says, '... nothing in the world is so encouraging as that “Notification of Donation Received” e-mail from PayPal.'
Update I: Before I started this post that you are reading now, I had lamented about my situation in Stacy's comment section to his post HERE. Before I could finish writing this post, Robert Stacy McCain proved yet again that he is a wonderful and righteous man!
Update II: Special thanks to Stacy and Jeff S. for their kind help! These men are Good people!
Update III: I can barely see my keyboard through the grateful happy tears flooding my eyes. The Other McCain has called for the Calvary on my behalf! Oh my gosh, thank you so much, Stacy!
I still have a ways to go to stay online, but tonight we will eat dinner and drink coffee afterward and we will do it again tomorrow thanks to the kindness of the right blogosphere.
Update III: Thank you, SignPainterGuy and Charlie N., I am a now a little over halfway there!
Update IV: DOOM! averted! Many many thanks to: The Lonely Conservative, John H., Roy E,
Kathy at Five Feet of Fury, Malcolm A., Franklin H., John K., Pierette W., Matt Ross (Conservative Hideout), and Peter Ingemi (DaTechguy)!
I am overwhelmed with the outpouring of kindness that has been showered upon me. Special thanks to my fellow bloggers who blogged to help me:
Blazing Cat Fur
The Lonely Conservative
and Robert Stacy McCain (again) who has written a terrific post about the importance of supporting Conservative bloggers.
I was able to pay my internet bill, and buy food, coffee and diapers (for my son), and even pay it forward a bit to some very nice fellow bloggers who also need some help. Thank you also to every single person who offered me kind words of support and/or prayers, those are worth a million bucks to me and I deeply appreciate it.
It has been a heckuva day, starting out panic stricken and miserable and ending with a flood of grateful tears. I will be going to bed soon, and I will sleep easier than I have in a while, thanks to all of you. I'll be writing a new post in the morning as a followup and hopefully it will help some other bloggers out. Goodnight, and may God bless you all.
Monday Morning Updates:
This post was linked at Theo Spark. Thank you, Theo!
Datechguy has a new post, his own DOOM! has been averted and he also very kindly links to this post. Thank you, Peter!
Jimmie Bise has a terrific idea and also links to my post, thank you, Jimmie! Go read his great idea HERE.
Bridget at HillBuzz notes that the right-blogs are important going into the 2012 election and thinks it is sad that so many of us right-bloggers are struggling, and also links to me. Thank you, Bridget!
Professor Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit has hit my tip jar. Thank you for your kindness, Glenn, and for all of the wonderful ways that you help other bloggers out, and also, for the amazing work you do at Instapundit!
Monday Afternoon Updates:
Thank you, Neil S.!
Thank you, Smitty!
This post is linked at Adrienne's Corner. Thank you, Adrienne!
Sassy Wire devoted a post to me. Thank you, Sassy!
Thank you, Wendall B.!
Thank you, Vera H.!
Thank you, Gerald M.!
Thank you, Miriam S.!
Miriam's Ideas has a post about helping bloggers and links to this post. Thank you, Miriam!
I am moved beyond my ability to adequately express in words by how kind people have been to me. Thank you all so much!
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