Friday, May 01, 2009

An Appeal to Readers of this Blog

RIP faithful old laptop...

Please GIVE so this blog may LIVE

"In a world where people are always looking to make money, it’s important to reward hard-working people who have taken the time to offer something useful at no cost." - Lisa Irby

I have decided to appeal for donations to help defray the cost for new equipment in order to continue blogging here at dave-lucas.blogspot.com. My goal is to raise US$1200 to cover the cost of a new laptop with wi-fi and supporting software to enable "blogging on the go." When I have secured that amount, I am looking into establishing a new "community blog" (sort of like a social network or forum, but with a more targeted writing community behind it).

I look at asking for donations this way: I write for your enjoyment, and if you like the stories I tell (all of them true), the news I bring, and if you appreciate my efforts, then why not reward me?
The “donate” button is the modern day equivalent of a street musician who offers a hat or instrument case to catch ‘tips’ or donations.
If you are wondering how you can donate, you give directly donate to the site via Paypal by using the button at the top right column. As an incentive to those who donate, everyone who donates more than $5 will be entered to win a prize. I haven't decided what the prize will be, but I assure you it will be something collectible in nature (hence valuable, either now or later on down the road!)

I need your help. Everyone is integral to the support of dave-lucas.blogspot.com. Every little bit counts to hit the target, whether $2 or $20 or $200. YOU will make a difference. Thank you!

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COMMENTING FEES
Per comment rate: $2
Payable by either clicking the BitCoin "tip me" button or the PayPal "donate" button in the sidebar.

WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Because, like the fine publication Tablet, whom I borrowed this concept from, I too am committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing I'm able to provide, all free of charge. I take pride in my loyal readership, and I'm thrilled that you choose to engage with me in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse).

I'm asking people who'd like to post comments on my blog to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping me bring you the provocative and/or entertaining articles that brought you here in the first place.

I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with me FREE of charge via Facebook comments and Google+ comments! You can also reach me via Twitter @davelucas

I hope this new largely symbolic measure will help create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all! Those of you who choose to contribute, thanks for your support.

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