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Ok, it's day 2 of the fund drive.
You know the deal.
But I want to discuss something else, well sort of something else.
I could blather on about what a great job I'm doing, and get a lot of agreement. Most good bloggers could.
But we don't talk about your role in all this. The reason the great weakness of the the right blogs is that they don't have conversations with the readers. Then when they do, they either censor it or it turns into a hate fest. As scary and counterinutative as it seems, Frei Republik has a much more moderated and intelligent discussion than LGF. And that's because Charles Johnson is a clown. You can have a discussion on terrorism without lapsing into muslim hate, if you aren't intellectually lazy.
The reason we accept comments is not because they allow people to vent, as Glenn Reynolds says, he gets a thousand e-mails a day he doesn't read, but because it allows people to bring their experience to the topic at hand. Part of the reason that I repost from other blogs so frequently is that it brings other ideas to the discussion and gives other writers wider exposure.
It's easy to take credit for blogging, but the fact is that it's a cooperative arrangement. I post something, you respond and we're all the better for it.
So why do you get asked for money every few months?
Well, there are bills that come up, and other bloggers who need money, but it's more than that. Liberals have come to expect free labor for so long and then wonder why people can't get things done. Frankly, we need resources to be politically and journalistically active. There are books to buy, places to go, things to do. The wealthy liberals here refuse to open their purses, so we do this on our own. They have becomed accustomed to pay so little for what needs to be done, and then act surprised that it doesn't get done.
We have to break that habit. We have to value the work being done.
As usual, the snail mail addy is:
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New York, NY 10028
posted by Steve @ 10:21:00 PM