I am excited to announce the latest addition to our team at Eclectablog, my dear friend Tony Trupiano. I first met Tony shortly after he returned to the radio airwaves after an unsuccessful run to unseat Thad McCotter in Congress. Tony’s morning radio show, First Shift with Tony Trupiano, was a progressive breath of fresh air amidst the plethora of right wing radio hosts. The show later changed to an evening radio program, Night Shift with Tony Trupiano, which ran until earlier this year when Tony threw his hat in the ring to run for the state House of Representatives in the 13th House District.…
Progressive – n. someone who believes the future can be better than the past
The greatest irony of American life — besides the fact that states from the Old Confederacy are among most likely to be dependent on the federal government — is that the progressive movement was born in the Republican party.
The far right — led by pathological rantings Glenn Beck — has spent most of the Obama administration trying to demonize the P-word in the same way Reagan used the word “liberal” to conjure images of liberals reaching into your pocket to fund welfare queens and patchouli-soaked college dropouts.…
A big thank you to everyone who has contributed during this quarter’s fundraiser. It’s been a bit quieter than usual. Hopefully that’s a sign that everyone is tapped out giving to their favorite Democratic Party candidates and not that you’re not getting value out of the work we do here at Eclectablog. Judging by site traffic, it appears that you DO enjoy our work – we just surpassed 5 million visitors this past quarter. That’s a pretty huge milestone.
If you’d like to join those who find what we do here at Eclectablog worthy of supporting financially, there are three ways to help.…
One of my favorite lines from the epic novel Infinite Jest by the late David Foster Wallace is, “He’s one of these people who doesn’t need much, much less much more.” That pretty much describes me. Anne and I live a fairly simple life without a lot of expensive toys besides our computers and iPads. However, in order to run a blog, you need to raise funds if the writers are to be paid. And writers SHOULD be paid. As progressives we fight every day to build a world where people are respected, treated fairly, and given a fair wage for their work.…
I’ll keep it short and sweet today. We work our tails off to bring you the high quality content you have come to expect from Eclectablog. In return, we hope you get enough value out of our work to chip in a little to ensure that all of our regular contributors are paid.
It’s important to me that our writers ARE paid. There are very few – scandalously few, in my opinion – blogs that pay their writers. But you can spot the ones that do because they keep their staff for a lot longer and the quality of the writing is significantly better.…
Team Eclectablog – l-r, LOLGOP, Charles Gaba, Chris Savage (“Eclectablog”), Anne Savage, Amy Lynn Smith, and Emma White
When I look at this picture I get a little goosepimply. When I first started blogging, it was a one-dude show and it was pretty amateur at that. However, bit by bit, Eclectablog has grown into something substantial, something useful, and something that is changing the conversation in important ways. Everyone in the photo contributes to that and I’m proud of what we’ve built together.
The best part of all of this is how we’re creating a community at Eclectablog. In addition to our staff of writers, we now have regular commenters who add to the quality of your experience here.…
Day 1: 3rd Quarter fundraiser – Eclectablog represents for Michigan, represents for YOU. Please help support US!
Support your local bloggers!
This week we’ll be coming to you once a day for our second quarter fundraiser. I am determined to prove that we can have a successful site where all of the writers are paid. However, that can only happen with support from our readers. Your financial support will also allow us to bring on new writers, something I am keen to do in the coming year.
This past week, Team Eclectablog was at the Netroots Nation conference, helping to promote the causes that we care about and representing on behalf of our state and on behalf of YOU.…
Although we held our 10-year Blogaversary party last Thursday on May Day, today is the actual anniversary of my very first blog post. Yup, that’s me. With hair.
My first blog was on a site called Modblog and you can view my very first, utterly lame post HERE.
It’s like this: I like to write. I like to express myself. BUT! I have a really hard time doing this when I don’t have an audience, I pretty much just sit there in front of the keyboard with zero inspiration.…
Team Eclectablog: (l-r) Jason Sattler (LOLGOP), Charles Gaba (Brainwrap), me, Anne C. Savage, Amy Lynn Smith, and Emma White
Last night’s Eclectablog 10-year Blogaversary party exceeded my expectations in so many ways. We had a tremendous turnout of over 100 people. Everyone who came received an Eclectagrog beer glass (pictured at right), we sold t-shirts, raffled off t-shirts and beer glasses, Lizz Winstead on your answering machine, and the most highly-sought after prizes, four of Anne’s amazing photos.
Below are some photos of the night.
Roger Kerson, Board member of the Ann Arbor Area Transit Authority and all-around good guy explains the importance of passing the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti/Ypsilanti Township transit millage next Tuesday
Some bald dude blathering
The highlight of the evening was having Lizz Winstead talking about her Lady Parts Justice project which is bringing their “V to Shining V” tour to Michigan on September 27th as part of a 50-state effort to make sure Republicans are held accountable at the ballot box for their anti-women legislative actions.…
We’ve had a great response to our call for sponsors for the Eclectablog 10-year “Blogaversary” party that’s happening on May 1st, 7-9 p.m. at the Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery (formerly the Corner Brewery) in Ypsilanti.
Here’s the latest list:
GOLD LEVEL SPONSORS
SILVER LEVEL SPONSOR
BRONZE LEVEL SPONSOR
- Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan
- Progress Michigan
- Northland Family Planning Centers
- Joanna & Doug Scott
- ACLU of Michigan
We are incredibly grateful for the generous support of these amazing partners.
Candidates, progressive partners, unions, and others are invited to join these esteemed and valued sponsors in helping support Michigan’s premier progressive blog.…
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