Friday, March 25, 2011

Sponsors | Dubow got $9.4M; all I want is $4,000

[CEO vs. SEO]

With a $20 contribution, a reader in Wisconsin just nudged me closer to my quarterly goal. I'm now at $3,235 -- or 81%. But, yikes: There's just six days left until the quarter ends!

[Updated at 12:55 p.m. ET. So far today, I've received another $135 from readers in Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, and Florida, where one supporter using PayPal's mobile application wrote: "Sending some love from sunny Florida. Love keeping up with what you are doing."] The new breakdown:
  • Reader donations: $1,144
  • Advertising: $2,095
I'm trying to earn $4,000 quarterly, through donations of $5 per reader, plus advertising sales. To pay by credit card or PayPal, please use the "Donate" tool in the green rail, upper right. Or mail cash/checks payable to: Jim Hopkins, 584 Castro St. #823, San Francisco, Calif., 94114-2594.


  1. That's only $154 per day! Think outside the box, what can you giver your readers to make them want to throw money your way? I want something tangible - box of rice a roni or something.

  2. So basically your loyal readers, as a collective group, have sent you $12 a day give or take? Now there is a business model. Congrats!

  3. theoretical conflict of interest question of the day...if dubow sent you a check for $5K would you take it and if you did would you publish that fact? what if he asked you to keep it anonymous? discuss among yourselves

  4. oh come on - why wouldn't you take it? Deposit it and once it clears, then publish the fact. I wouldn't send a thank you note though.

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  6. I couldn't take it because 1) I'd report it to all of you, and 2) No matter what I did after that, many readers would believe I was compromising my reporting to favor a major supporter.

  7. I wouidn't worry about anyone thinking you would favor a Gannett leader no matter how much money they sent you. Fair and balanced doesn't bring play well in your arena. A good Gracia put down is always worth a few bucks to you. It plays well with your peeps

  8. Ka-ching. 3:00pm just won himself a 20!

  9. Suck it up folks. Today was payday - skip a coffee next week and throw Jim a 5 spot. You will never miss it.

    Plus it could be your good deed of the day while you still have a job that allows for financial good deeds.


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