Monday, July 07, 2008

Please Support Independent Journalism

"It shames me that I am about to ask these people for money, but that’s how I roll."
-- Ben Leroux

If you just clicked to SewerWatch after reading my story, Crowded women’s jail is big lawsuit threat, over at UncoverdSLO.com, and found it interesting (and, oh, is it interesting... how's THAT for a "wake-up call"?), please donate here on my blog. The PayPal button and mailing address is on the right.

Here's why you should donate -- because if you don't, I'm not going to be motivated to report, because, since my first reporting job in 1990, I've always been paid for my writing, including here on SewerWatch through donations, and I have some excellent story ideas.

And, as always, MUCH thanks to all of the beautiful, intelligent, well-rounded, handsome, coordinated, kind folks that have donated in the past.

Much thanks to UncoveredSLO.com, too. Don't forget to support that excellent web site as well.

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5 Comments:

  • This request for money is very slimy. Dan and Karen allowed you to post your story on their site, you should promote their site. And your comment that you won't be motivated to write more? Give me a break. Real writers write because it's a passion, not a paycheck.

    Ron, take your ball and go home. Nobody wants to play with you anyway.

    By Blogger Patrick, at 11:26 AM, July 08, 2008  

  • Patrick wrote:

    "And your comment that you won't be motivated to write more? Give me a break. Real writers write because it's a passion, not a paycheck."

    Oh lord, what's America coming to when someone wants to get paid for their work? When will the insanity end?

    What you call "real writers," Patrick, I call amateurs.

    Professionals write to get paid. I've always been paid for my reporting :: professional.

    Guy Rathbun, on his excellent show on KCBX, "An Evening With...", had Andrew Keen on his show recently. Keen wrote a book called, "The Cult of the Amateur," where he writes about how all of the amateurs writing on the internet are, in brief, just killing democracy.

    Here's the link to that show:

    http://kcbx.org/mp3archive/aew070704.mp3

    I highly recommend that you give it a listen. It's excellent.

    And Keen's take on anonymous commentors in that link? Oh, absolutely, freaking beautiful.

    "Dan and Karen allowed you to post your story on their site..."

    Hey, Cronkite, I submitted it to them, and they posted it because they liked it. They didn't "allow" me to do squat.

    "... you should promote their site."

    I do. I love 'em. That's why I have a permanent link to their site on the right side of my blog... directly under the PayPal button (wink, wink).

    By Blogger Ron, at 12:49 PM, July 08, 2008  

  • Listen, I'm all for getting paid for your work. I'm a Republican (NOT a neocon) and am all in favor of our great (albiet declining) dollar.

    You are missing my point. Good writing (and good blogs) will bring readers and thus, money. Asking to be paid for your work, well, that's fine too.

    I'm just saying that your comment of losing your motivation to work if someone doesn't give you a few bucks is, well, whiny. It actually has the opposite effect -- it motivates me (quite highly) to NOT pay you for your work.

    Just re-work your pitch, and remove the "if I can't play I'm taking my ball and going home" comment.

    I'll listen to the show when I've got some time, but I will contend that NO free writing is a threat to democracy. It's the idiot public who can't distinguish good writing from bad who are democracy's threat.

    By Blogger Patrick, at 1:11 PM, July 11, 2008  

  • Good post, Patrick.

    Patrick wrote:

    "It actually has the opposite effect -- it motivates me (quite highly) to NOT pay you for your work."

    and;

    "Just re-work your pitch..."

    Funny, and I'll keep all that in mind. (By the way, good news! I received donations... so I'll continue writing ; - )

    I wrote:

    "Keen wrote a book called, "The Cult of the Amateur," where he writes about how all of the amateurs writing on the internet are, in brief, just killing democracy."

    Upon further recollection, Keen's point (in that link above) goes more to the decline of "decency" than democracy, although that's in there, too. (All one has to do is read UncoveredSLO.com's unmoderated comments sections to clearly see his point.)

    And, speaking of "our great (albiet declining) dollar" and "Republicans"...

    I'm not a Republican, but, the one thing I have always admired about the Republican party is their commitment to fiscal conservatism. However, these days, they have taken the ONE THING that I admired about their party and completely chucked it out the window.

    They don't care of they spend like the most liberal-minded Democrats, nowadays.

    What's up with that? Do they want everyone to hate them?

    By Blogger Ron, at 10:15 AM, July 15, 2008  

  • I left the party in 2003 because I was (and still am) so disguested in the party. We have been hijacked by the neocons, and it sucks. I joined the Libertarian Party, a party who's ideals I totally believe in, but there are so many damn loons in that party we will never get organized enough to be a player (it's like herding cats). I rejoined the party to support Ron Paul in the primary, and decided to remian in the party to fight for it. I would love to see the Goldwater ideals return to the party, but I fear those days may be behind us. For now, it's BOB BARR in 2008!

    By the way, even though I just got it going, check out my blog at www.republicansforbarr.com and let me know what you think of the first post. Feel free to comment.

    Take care...

    By Blogger Patrick, at 12:24 PM, July 18, 2008  

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