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June 18, 2009

Thank You For the Big Support

Thanks to someone and the cobloggers for putting that bleg up.

And thanks to everyone who donated.

It was the biggest donation drive I've ever had, and not just by a little. By more than double. And given that I'm in a sort of tough period here with PJM gone and ads coming in slowly, it's incredibly helpful.

I wanted to bleg during the campaign, but then I figured, any dollar sent to me really should be going to either Sarah Palin and her running mate (whoever that was) or an advocacy group putting up ads. So I didn't, and then kept putting it off, feeling bad about it. And feeling bad that I have a big backlog of donations I haven't responded to. (The problem, by the way, is that PayPal can't be changed to notify my real gmail account, and it's difficult to navigate the Yahoo mail account -- if you want to be sure of getting a personal thank you, please send an email to the gmail account.)

I've also been sorta conflicted about blogging, given that I'm getting almost no ad revenue and am therefore working for free. I don't mean that like "pay me or I won't blog" -- I mean it more like, think about it: If your boss (advertisers, here) is no longer paying you, how psyched are you about work? It's hard to get into the spirit of work when the expected reward just isn't there anymore. You'd feel kind of funny about going into work every day, wondering why on earth you were doing it, rather than getting some other job.

Having so many people donate has helped an awful lot on that score. It's really appreciated, and I don't feel odd about working-without-actual-pay anymore. Plus a lot of the stress I was having is alleviated.

I'm humbled and flattered by the support. It really is a big emotional lift, stress relieved, and replaced by a feeling of, well, being liked. It's gotten me out of a financial jam and an anxiety-caused rut.

Sincerest, deepest thanks. You morons are the best.

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