I’ve gotta just come right out and say it. The fundraiser had a boffo, whopping, wonderful, encouraging first three days. Since then … it’s had a few great moments.
Individual donations have been unusually generous and for that, I bless you. But broad support is nil, even though readership is as strong as ever.
Of the last nine days,
eight seven have brought in $0 — zero, nada, nothing (fortunately, one active day raised $316 in three generous donations, but that’s still not sufficient to sustain progress).
This is unusual. I’ve only had two other fundraisers, but they’ve been wildly wonderful.
One factor is that a number of longtime contributors, including a few whose past donations have been large, aren’t in a position to give this year. Legal troubles, investments gone south, unemployment, divorce, and serious illness … you name it, some of my dearest blogfriends have suffered it.
But that doesn’t explain why there’ve been fewer than 30 donors out of the roughly one thousand who visit every day.
So what about you?
Those who’ve donated, please tell the world why you did.
Those who haven’t donated and don’t plan to, please tell me why you haven’t and what could move you to make a contribution?
As one of the big supporters reminded me, “Either you have the time to keep this blog/cabal going or you have to use your time putting bacon on the table for you & Ava some other way.” And that’s the truth.
Now I know it’s likely that, towards the end, a few angels will come to the rescue. There’s already one waiting in the wings. But that angel is matching your donations. His generosity increases only as your support increases.
It hurts my heart that three or four individuals should bear such a large share of the burden. I’m glad they’re willing and able. But there’s got to be broader support or what’s the point?
So tell me, please — what’s up? And what can I do to earn your support?