Andrew Sullivan is having a pledge drive again.
Six months ago, he raised $80,000 with his pledge drive.
Claiming he needs to make a salary of sorts if he intends to keep up the blogging, he is at it again.
So, let me get this straight. In six months, he blew $80,000?
I like Sullivan's blog. I like him, or what I know of him. But I think it's kind of strange that he is asking for money (paid subscriptions, kind of) to keep his blog up, meaning you are paying for the content you receive. Yet, by donating and allowing him to do this full time, you are also paying his salary. So not only are you a subscriber if you give, you are his boss in a way. Or at least a shareholder in AndrewSullivan.com.
I don't begrudge anyone having a tip jar; I have one. I don't begrudge anyone trying to make a living off of blogging; wouldn't that be nice? But I can't see holding a pledge week a mere six months after you pulled in that kind of loot.
I could entertain you as much as Sullivan can and for a far lot less in the wallet department. I have boobs, Andrew doesn't. I have personal stories about love, lust and drugs. Andrew doesn't. Andrew gets linked all the time by major media, so his blog is nice and professional. I never get linked by major media so I can be dirty and nasty and downright rude, making for much more fun content-wise.
I have kids who do stupid, bloggable things. I cover the major news in the tampon industry, I hex Roger Clemens right before your eyes and I give you songs to download and lyrics to sing. I also give you contests to win and games to play. Andrew doesn't do any of that.
Sure, his content is more intellectual than mine. Sure, his writing is clearer, his politics are more defined and his subject matter tends to be of world importance.
But I have boobs and mp3s. And really, what would you rather pay for - debates about the war and Hillary Clinton or games, music, sports, dirty limericks, sexual innuendos, stories of a very colorful life, boobs and mp3 and debates about the war and Hilary Clinton? Seriously folks, you're not getting your money's worth by throwing it at Sullivan again.
My tip jar is over to the right. I have two tip jars actually. And a wish list. I'll gladly quit my job and blog full time and take down the tip jars once and for all if, by some miracle, I end up with $80,000 by week's end.
Ok, so I have no illusion that blogging can become a full-time job with a decent salary. But I sure can hope for some extra cash to stock up on the tequila that allows me to get drunk enough to blog about boobs and Hillary Clinton in the same breath.
No, this isn't shameless begging. It's just my way of saying that I think Andrew Sullivan has a lot of nerve to ask for money again so soon after receiving more cash than some people make in a year at a labor-intensive job. And they still come home and blog some good shit every day.
I'm trying for righteous indignation today, but it's just not surfacing.