Tuesday, April 19, 2011

You've Got the Brains, You've Got the Looks, Let's Make Lots of Money

Just a reminder that we're in the middle of our big Spring Pledge Drive around here.

By now you know how this works, although what you may not know is how important it is that if you actually can show some financial support for DXM, you do so. Once again, we're coming up on the fifth anniversary of this little experiment of mine and that means we'll be looking back on some of the best pieces, bits, moments of unapologetic stupidity, etc. and generally doing the celebration thing over the next month or so.

Since the beginning this site has been a labor of love for yours truly; it's been my home on the internet and one I've put untold time and effort into, occasionally at the expense of just about everything else in my life. The regular readership of you guys means quite a bit to me and I hope I've kept you at least mildly entertained throughout the years.

I know the economy is still in pretty bad shape, so if all you can afford to do is read then I completely understand -- but if you feel like you're in a position to give more, there are two ways you can do it. One is to drop some money into the Paypal tip cup over in the right-hand sidebar; the other is to buy a copy of my book Dead Star Twilight -- which you can purchase electronically and have downloaded immediately to your computer by clicking here.

I said it last night but it bears repeating: Whatever you can give will be greatly appreciated. I know you'd probably love to one day sit down in a bus station rest room and see my hand suddenly appear under the partition and motion to the glory hole in the wall, all in the name of making a couple of bucks, but to be honest I'm trying to avoid that if I can.

I'm leaving it on your capable hands -- so to speak.


Amy said...

Wait.. you are pledge driving AND having ads? Shouldn't it be one or the other?

Chez said...

I addressed that when I first joined the Banter Media Network and then again two days ago. The single banner ad at the top of the page brings in almost nothing; it was basically a necessity for me to be able to be a part of Banter, which I wanted to because I think it's a good organization. If I tried to live off the blog ads, I'd starve to death (which isn't to say that I try to live off the money I make from the pledge drives either). The bottom line is that the pledge drives don't make me a millionaire or anything, but they do bring in a lot more than the ads -- and I need the cash considering the effort I generally put into maintaining this site. The drives are more important than the ads, and they always will be; if the ads ever become a major hindrance to the pledge drives, I'll have to reevaluate.