I’m the new kid on the block here at Eclectablog, but not in any way new to Eclectablog. During the four years that have used Eclectablog as a resource for my radio show, and then when founder Chris Savage joined me as a regular guest not long into my most recent incarnation in radio, I came to respect his journalistic skills and commitment to telling a story correctly. But, not just that: most importantly is his telling the stories most media outlets ignore. I was not just a fan but also a devotee. I am also thrilled, blessed even, that I can call Chris and Anne Savage good friends.
I actually began my professional career in journalism and have always had great respect for journalists who make an effort to maintain a level of excellence in the age of information delivery where being a qualified, ethical, and engaging storyteller as news flies past us with break-neck speed is more rare than you think. My colleagues at Eclectablog stand out as a superior choice for the consumers of news, including you and the award-winning journalist Rachel Maddow.
Since joining the writing staff here at Eclectablog, many positive things have happened for me personally and professionally. I have received a great deal of correspondence from the first time I posted and continue to get feedback on what I am writing here. I have been so pleasantly surprised by people who have found me though this experience and helped me to elevate the discussion more than I thought possible. I am most excited that the thousands of people who have interacted with me through this site are intelligent, aware, and for the most part, craving what we do here. That matters a lot to me, but there are many things that do and one of them is making sure that people who work hard and play by the rules are rewarded for those efforts.
The entire Eclectablog team has earned accolades for their individual and collective work for what I believe are obvious reasons. The work of each writer brings a different and important point of view on stories and ideas, on events and opportunities, and on transparency and accountability. You would be hard pressed to find a news site that delivers like Eclectablog does, and as the newbie, I am thrilled I have received the chance to be in the company of the Eclectablog team.
All of this is, of course, my way of asking you to help financially support what we are doing here. Many of you have benefited from the content that we deliver. Many of you come back day after day to make sure that the responsibility we are charged with doing gets done. Your comments, both positive and negative, mean we are doing this journalism thing right and I, for one, am very proud to be a member of this editorial staff.
So, as we grow and expand our base of operation, as we continue to look for stories and points of view that can be life changing or life affirming, while we explore the good and bad side of policy and politics, it is crystal clear to me that your financial support is necessary so that we can all continue to deliver with strength, confidence, and unimpeachable professionalism what you have come to expect from Eclectablog, but also what we may just surprise you with from time to time. And we will.
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.
First, you can make your donation using the PayPal link below. You can change the amount if you wish. The default is $50 which is basically $1 per week, a pretty good value.
Or you can wait until the TinyPass pop-up pops up (every tenth click on the site) and donate that way. If you do that, the popups will go away as long as you have cookies enabled. As with the Paypal form, the default amounts for annual or monthly donations can be adjusted to whatever you wish them to be. They are currently set to be around $1 per week. Again, it’s a great value.
Finally, if you would prefer to send a check, send Chris an email and he’ll give you the address. This is the most beneficial way for us because it avoids the Paypal and Tinypass fees that are taken from contributions to the site.
If you cannot afford to support us financially, you can still help. Please share our content on your Facebook page or other social media like Twitter, Reddit, etc. Put a “Like” on our Facebook page and click the “Invite friends” button and encourage your friends to like us, too.
Thanks so much for your support,
Tony, Chris, Anne, Amy, LOLGOP, Emma, and Charles