I want to thank everyone who has contributed to the fundraising drive this week. As I have said to most of you, I will do everything I can to earn your donation.
There are two things I plan to use the donations for in the coming year. First, I will be purchasing electronic subscriptions to the Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press and the New York Times as well as increasing my monthly contribution to Michigan Public Radio. Why should I do this when their content is online for free? Because good reporting must be paid for and supported financially. You wouldn’t just walk into your local store, pick up a newspaper and walk out again without paying. But that’s essentially what we do when we read online content that we aren’t paying for.
Since these four media outlets are the ones I turn to most for news and information, I need to be supporting that and so, too, will YOU through your donations.
Second, I will be purchasing a wireless card for my Mac that will allow me to access the internet when there is no wireless network available. Being able to access the internet during liveblogging (or other) situations will mean a better, more rich live reporting experience. In fact, if any of you have advice on this hardware, shoot me an email
Thank you once again to everyone who has already contributed. If you haven’t yet made a donation and value what you read at Eclectablog and the service I provide, you can help me continue to do so by making a donation here:
If you would prefer to send a check, shoot me an email (link is right under my logo at the top left of the page) and I can give you my mailing address as I have done for several others.
I’m also looking for advertisers for February and beyond. Ads start at $65. If you are thinking of making a donation in that range or can pool your donation with others, YOU can be an advertiser on Eclectablog. It’s a new model I’m trying out and I think it can work.
In addition, if you are involved with a progressive organization that is looking for a way to put your message in front of progressive readers, particularly those in the Midwest, advertising on Eclectablog is a very affordable way to be seen and a great way to spend some of your media/marketing dollars.
Contact me at the contact link below my logo for details.
One more thing: if you can’t afford to make a donation, please consider sharing the good word about Eclectablog. Tell your friends about it. Follow me on Twitter and suggest it to your friends. Like my Eclectablog Facebook page and share it with your friends. The more traffic I get, the more successful we will be in spreading the word.
Thanks so much to everyone who has contributed so far and for your continued support of this website.