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BREAKING! New member of Team Eclectablog: Tony Trupiano

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.…

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LAST DAY, 3rd Quarter Fundraiser – 5 million visitors and growing

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.…

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Day 6, 3rd Quarter Fundraiser – I want money, that’s what I want

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.…

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Day 5, 3rd Quarter Fundraiser – Your support DOES make a difference

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.…

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Day 4, 3rd Quarter Fundraiser – We are a community, help us flourish and grow


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.…

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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.…

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Today is the day of my actual 10-year blogging anniversary – see my humble beginnings

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.

If this doesn’t get your attention, I could …

… just…
… disappear…

Right?

*ahem*

OK.

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.

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PROGRAMMING NOTE: Team Eclectablog join the Farmington/Farmington Hills Dems & Kalamazoo Dems this week

If you are in the Farmington Hills area on Wednesday this week, April 16th, please consider joining Anne and I for an Eclectablog presentation to the Farmington/Farmington Hills Democratic Club. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be at the Pipefitters Local 636, 30100 Northwestern Highway, Farmington Hills. Their Facebook event page is HERE.

The following night, Thursday, April 17th, we’ll be with the Kalamazoo County Democratic Party. That event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at Theo & Stacy’s at 5225 Portage Rd, Kalamazoo. Their Facebook event page is HERE.

At both events, Anne will talk about her photography and her time as a White House photographer during the 2012 presidential election.…

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Last Day, Second Quarter fundraiser

I won’t bore you with a list of reasons to support Eclectablog. You’ve seen them all already this week : ) We simply ask that, if you find value in what you read here, you make a small contribution to keep us going.

Thanks so much.

Here’s how you can contribute:

First, you can make your donation using the PayPal link below. You can change the amount if you wish. The default is $50, less than $1 per week — way less than you would spend on a newspaper subscription, and less than it would cost to buy even a gas station coffee once a week.…

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Day 6, Second Quarter fundraiser: Good news! Federal law allows unlimited donations to Eclectablog!

Speak loudly

We are in an epic battle in this country, particularly here in Michigan, to wrest control of our elections and our government back from the corporate giants that are increasingly more powerful. On one side you have a national network of groups coordinated under the State Policy Network which pump massive infusions of cash into groups like the Mackinac Center. The Mackinac Center then churns out pro-corporatist, anti-labor, anti-public schools propaganda masquerading as “news” and “journalism” and their writers are paid handsomely to do it. They even hire former journalists for these paid positions.

On the other side you have people like the team here at Eclectablog.…

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