UPDATE: $190 of $460 raised
This weeks subscription commentary talks about multipliers
What a lot of people don’t realize is multipliers work in both directions.
The full commentary & explanation is here. If you are not a Current Tip Jar Hitter this week or a subscriber then there are two ways to see it.
#1 Simply hit DaTipJar for any amount
and I’ll send you the code as soon as I see the confirmation e-mail.
Or #2 Subscribe at subscription level
And every week you’ll get the commentaries before they make it to the blog.
You might be surprised to see my weekly paycheck Thermometer at the top of a post instead of at the end of it but it occurred to me that my whole 60 x 20 x 12 plan is a great example of why the immigration bill will if passed fail miserably to solve problems.
Consider, Last year was an incredible time for this blog. In addition to CPAC and the tax rallies there was the New Hampshire border just 45 minutes away and an exciting GOP primary going on. When the primary was done there were still 4 electoral votes up for grabs the Governor’s race in NH and the Brown/Warren in Mass. I covered an awful lot of ground and did a lot of original reporting…
…yet I still wasn’t able to pay myself
Why, because unlike Stacy McCain I wasn’t constantly reminding the readers of what pays for all that coverage.
You dear readers are busy people. You have a lot of other demands on your time, your lives and your pocketbooks. I’ve had DaTipJar up on the side all last year and while the election drove traffic to the blog it didn’t get me the $300 a week I needed to pay the bills of the house.
The 60 x $20 x 12 or more specifically the 15 @ $20 system changes things. Each morning my first post of the day includes the Thermometer, the Tip Jar button and a reminder of how far I am along the way to my cherished $300 paycheck. When the goal is reached the appeals go away for the rest of the week and it’s no coincidence that once that happens DaTipJar tends to go silent. That’s not because it isn’t there on the sidelines, but because it’s not put before you in your busy day.
The same thing is going to happen with this immigration bill.
Monday I asked why anyone expects these laws to be enforced when the old ones weren’t. The most common answer given is Public pressure, but where will that pressure come from?
Not from the media: once the bill is passed they will move onto the next thing.
Not from the Administration: they’d just as soon have no enforcement provisions.
Not from the open borders lobbyists: they will continue to paint the enforcement provisions as draconian, unjust and urge their rejection.
The forces pushing for “immigration reform” will keep this front and center as long as they are trying to get the bill passed. They’ll be more persistent than I am on a Friday & Saturday when I’m still short of my $300 paycheck.
But when they’ve gotten what they wanted the media will take it off the front page, the pols, the activists and the people will an agenda will move onto their next vital cause. The heat will be off and any incentive to enforce the rules they don’t like will disappear like my tip jar spiel after I’ve made the weeks goal.
Then after 4 or 5 or 10 years if even they will be back to scream for a new Amnesty and a new bill to take care of all the new people who violate the new law in the hopes of reaping the same reward.
It’s a trick and a trap for people on the right, it won’t solve the problem, it won’t make us friends in the Latino Community, the “credit” will go to President Obama and in the end it will simply be a new source of democrat votes to make up for the failing demographic supply.
Personally I think you get better value for the dollar here. You know who and what you get for your dollar, you get direct feedback and because of the nature of this business if I don’t produce a product that does the job worth paying for, your support goes away.
What could be fairer than that?
So if you buy the Rubio/Norquist line go ahead and support the immigration bill, if you want a better value for your dollar, then hit DaTipJar below.
Ok first guy in the blogger room here is DaPlan:
1. Upload videos AM that I started with
2. Give away last two cannoli
3. Allen West 9:15 catch that speech along with Pat Toomey
4. Movie The Gift of life at 10 AM
5. Panel of the day:
— Peter Ingemi (@DaTechGuyblog) March 14, 2013
6. The Must see hour 1:15 Marco Rubio followed by Rand Paul followed by an event with Ted Cruz at 1:45. talk about big guns!
and the best name for an event is : “Should we shoot all the consultants now?” With a name like that how can a Sicilian resist? 3 PM
and of course during the day interviews, chats and several butchers aprons.
Update: Videos we got VIDEOS pre-spac start
and the main stage
and the people setting up
Thanks to all who hit DaTipJar Yesterday after a slow start this week we have already made my paycheck so till Sunday morning posts will be Sans thermometer.
the excess will go straight to CPAC expenses.
Thanks to you all for making this possible. What would i do without you?
`I’ll give you Mr Scrooge, the Founder of the Feast.’
`The Founder of the Feast indeed.’ cried Mrs Cratchit, reddening. `I wish I had him here. I’d give him a piece of my mind to feast upon, and I hope he’d have a good appetite for it.’
Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol 1843
When you think of conservative media there are three names that instantly come to mind. Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge and Fox News
Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge and Fox News are all at the top of their fields. The left constantly hits all three but Rush has been the #1 talk radio show for decades, Matt Drudge’s web site is in the top 100 nationwide and top 500 worldwide (think of how many porn sites outdrawn) and Fox News has been on top so long a post-election dip in ratings was news all over the web and on their rival station that conveniently neglect to mention their own pathetic ratings in their stories.
Granted all three deserve credit for their own success but it’s not possible without decades of help from the MSM.
Years of bland biased radio gave Rush Limbaugh his opening, Fox took up a mantle that nobody else on TV was willing to carry and rode it to #1 spot in cable news, and Newsweek might still be a national magazine if they didn’t forfeit their scoop on Monica Lewinsky & Bill Clinton to Matt Drudge who beats the now online only Newsweek by a factor of 10.
Put simply the media created the conditions for all of these conservative platforms to thrive.
Here on the web the left is no less prolific. With Soros money and bloggers on salary the left is able to create instant public opinion or at least its illusion. In response the independent bloggers working on a shoestring have become a force in response.
As longtime readers of this blog and listeners to the radio show know I lost my Computer Job 5 years ago. During my failed pursuit of a job in my field, I started my old blog. My breakout moment came when I hosted Robert Stacy McCain to cover the improbable Scott Brown, however even that came about because of another event even more improbable
Stacy McCain while still at his old blog was attacked by Charles Johnson of LGF during his final er “change” I had been a fan of both blogs at the time and covered the clash noting people who knew Stacy personally defended him and had a problem with Johnson’s tactics:
I saw Charles accusations concerning Robert, they were serious not only in terms of his career as a reporter and someone supporting a family of 6 but in terms of honor. The next day after reacting with righteous anger over the statements Robert answered and provided explanations as well. They more than satisfied me and I take him at his word…However there is another factor here, Robert Stacy McCain is the father of six. Those six carry his name and to some degree his reputation. He is fighting for their honor, his father honor and his great grandfather’s honor. He also as a father has to set the example for his children to stand up for themselves. If he lets this go without satisfaction he the example he will be setting will be terrible. As a father I see it and nod.
That friendship that led to the Scott Brown team-up, my first CPAC visit, a place on the Tea Party Express bus, eventually to the Mitt Romney “victory” party and to this day where the blog has been ranked 101 on the list of top 150 conservative web sites and to you dear readers over the last two weeks providing me with the first two semi regular paychecks I’ve received since George Bush was president.
But none of this happens without Johnson attacking Stacy McCain.
Now based on a 40 hour work (in reality is a 7 day a week job regularly working 80 hours) reading, writing, researching, or calling people concerning stories or covering them myself for the show or the blog the following formula…
Sixty Readers Giving $20 Dollars for Twelve Months = My Weekly $300 Paycheck
…works out to $7.50 an hour before taxes but I suspect the idea of an independent conservative blog able to support itself by reader contributions would still annoy Charles Johnson to no end.
The eventual goal is to make the radio pay enough to double that figure and get me back at least to the level I was drawing when I collected unemployment and if I work even harder someday to the weekly $800 paycheck that allowed me to build the savings our family exhausted over the Obama years. That would annoy Charles Johnson even more
But if 60 people x $20 x 12 to fund a single conservative blogger annually how much angrier can we make the entire left with just a little tweak, but that is a post for tomorrow morning.
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Yesterday was a National Holiday although not for the blog but it was a holiday for DaTipJar
Sunday’s tip jar hit still puts us $25 ahead of last week at this time but far behind the goal of the weekly paycheck.
It takes only 14 people kicking in $20 to pay the bills in a week. Consider being one of them, it will annoy the left to no end.
“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
Sir. Winston Churchill
Herod the Great: Like a newborn Scorpion (pressing and crunching his foot on floor) Underfoot!
Jesus of Nazareth 1977
One of the things conservative’s face once they break into anything resembling prominence is the totalitarian nature of the left.
Our friends on the left have never forgotten the rise of Rush Limbaugh, Fox news and the small media organs that compete in the kingdom of redundant noise they have created. The greatest fear is a charasmatic leader that may arise, thus the daily attacks on Sen Ted Cruz the attempted destruction of Gov Sarah Palin & the media blackout on Sen Kelly Ayotte.
On the media side it’s pretty much the same, When an Andrew Breitbart, Erick Erickson or a Dana Loesch arises they will do all they can to keep them off the MSM at best or silence them at worst.
I knew Andrew, I know Erick & Dana and I’m not anywhere near their league (yet) but yesterday my piece on Ted Cruz’s “evil Empire” moment brought the blog a lot of views. Combined with the Radio Syndication and the reach of the site getting longer it’s drawn some attention so the time has come to slow me down.
One favorite method is by the use of “Sock Puppets” Basically you create a pseudo identity to attack and engage on say Twitter in the hopes of filling one’s timeline with a lot of attacks. Such accounts usually have few followers and a bunch of tweets who’s only purpose is attack, but while that can be annoying it doesn’t have the knockout punch that a person might want, for that you have to have the person you want to go after take a proactive step that can be attacked.
Such a move took place this morning. Meet Bill E Bobb
Now Bill E. Bobb is the quintessential type of sock puppet account. You have no picture (unlike say spam accounts which invariably has the image of a hot woman) very few followers and tweets that a few and far between and only a single follower. Take a look at the tweets in the time line. It is so over the top racist that it’s virtually a John Stewart parody of what the left beliefs the right is.
I would have no idea who “Bill E. Bobb” even existed if it wasn’t for a comment waiting for approval when I woke up with morning.
The first clue was the comment was on a post from a few days ago concerning a post that deserved more attention on Dorner’s first victims: Monica Quan & Keith Lawrence who are likely going to be forgotten now that Dorner is dead. It included this picture of the two victims
The comment that was waiting for moderation was as follows:
and unlike the Honorable William J. LePetomaine
the sentence above was completed in full.
Now there are two possibilities here. The first is that this is a Sock Puppet account of a person who holds a deep hatred of Blacks, wants to express it, but doesn’t want to be associated with it.
The problem with that conclusion is as the photo indicates Monica Quan is of mixed race which makes the statement above nonsensical in addition to racist unless Bill E Bobb is looking at Miss Quan though the media’s George Zimmerman glasses that adjusts a persons race to suit their argument.
The second is that this comment is left as a trap.
One of the oldest tricks in the blog book, so old that people often forget it is to associate a comment with the author of a blog. Such comments are generally left in older posts that might escape notice by the blog’s proprietor and if the author is sloppy enough to automatically allow approval such a comment can sit for days until brought up at an appropriate time when to bring it up and proclaim the author of the blog a racist/sexist/bigot/homophobe/islamophobe who is the type of person who would put puppies in a blender.
While that kind of tactic has little effect on regular readers it can be used to discourage future ones and with a living based on tip jar hits and advertisers it can have a very damaging effect on long term growth.
It’s hopefully not a conceit for me to conclude this was the latter, but you dear reader can make up your own mind, but to Bill E Bobb of twitter fame I say: Better Luck next time.
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My thanks to everyone who kicked in yesterday assuring me of a full paycheck this week. Not only does it gives me a jump on my monthly goal but because the weekly goal has been reached the morning shaking of the jar shall be skipped Friday & Saturday to resume at the start of the next workweek.
Of course, once my subscriber bases reaches $1200 monthly then the jar will shake only for a trip or an emergency.
I was preparing a long term bleg/budget bill to figure out exactly how much the blog needs to generate to keep me in pixels and in my house for next year when I looked at the bills and saw that with the latest oil bill there simply isn’t the money to pay it and the reserves just aren’t there. Continue reading “Quick Emergency Bleg Update: $230 down $370 to go”
The DaTechGuy Summer Fundraiser is officially over and I would like to thank everyone who kicked in.
We had small donations as low as $2 and larger ones (including one VERY large one). Some from people who have helped out before and others from people brand new.
We had a set of goals that I had set up and we met the first one. There is enough in reserve in case the show has a reverse.
The Radio show and the blog are my business, the ads on the show and the tip jar hits on the blog finance the show, the hosting, the gasoline and all the incidentals that allow the coverage to continue.
None of this works without readers, listeners and people willing to pay. Thank you all for being a part of it.
Question: Why is your investment in ads on DaTechGuy on DaRadio and DaTechGuy Blog and DaTipJar a better deal than investing in Tina Brown and Newsweek?
Newsweek’s staff is in a tizzy because word is the Golden
Suckers Goose has decided to stop laying:
IAC Chairman Barry Diller made the announcement during a quarterly conference call, saying the New York-based company aims to curb investments in the business. Newsweek is projected to lose as much as $22 million this year, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. Still, Diller stopped short of saying the magazine would undergo a “total” shift online.
This decision to not lose 22 million a year seems to make a lot of sense. Meanwhile this news has sent Newsweek and Daily Beast folks into a panic forcing a reaction from Tina Brown:
Oops sorry, Her statements thus:
In an internal memo republished in The New York Times, and with the subject line “Scaremongering,” Brown wrote:
Barry Diller would like to make it clear that he did not say on the earnings call as reported that Newsweek is going digital in September.
She then laided out several points to support her statement. Robert Stacy McCain saw these points commenting:
How is a brand “strong,” in a business sense, when it is synonymous with catastrophic financial losses?
And this is a situation that he commented on two years ago when it all started:
The investors can expect to lose a crapload of cash in the process. The New Yorker reportedly lost $42 million in three years (1995-97) under Ms. Brown’s editorship. Talk lost an impressive $80 million during its two-year existence. Whatever else you might say about Tina Brown, she’s undeniably brilliant at convincing investors to lose money on her projects.
So the investors are talking a wash, and the employees?
What that will likely mean — if you read between the lines – is a hiring freeze, at the very minimum, and the possibility of significant layoffs.
In other words, the gravy-train years at the Daily Beast are coming to an end
Now that’s what it means for the Magazine and the employees, but what does it mean for the advertisers? Forbes drops a hint:
Frankly, it’s not her own employees Brown needs to worry about so much as advertisers. I’m told that the publisher of at least one other weekly title has instructed salespeople to use the fresh uncertainty over Newsweek’s continued existence as leverage to lure business away. If Diller was undecided about Newsweek’s viability before he spoke up on today’s call, he may have settled the matter with his remarks.
So Newsweek’s advertisers are looking for an alternative. Might I suggest DaTechGuy on DaRadio and DaTechGuy blog.
Newsweek has a large group of writers both regular and guest and a huge staff to back them up.
I do it myself with the odd post by RoxeAnne DeLuca and John Weston in the studio with me.
Newsweek last year lost $35 Million dollars while drawing approximately 200 times the traffic I do on the web side.
Meanwhile for $30,000 an advertiser can purchase twelve minutes per week of advertising on DaTechGuy on DaRadio (the remaining unsold inventory) broadcast on a 50,000 watt station reaching all New England while getting placement on DaTechGuy Blog for an entire year.
Or if your advertising needs are less ambitious you can purchase a years time on both the radio show and the blog for as little as $1100 for a full year!
As for Tip Jar hitters who want to advance conservatism I will grant that Newsweek’s Alexa Rank as of this morning is #1142 worldwide and my rank is 338,424 (still in the top #150 of conservative blogs) and Tina Brown gets a lot more TV time than me but your $10, $20 $100 or more will be supporting journalism and opinion on the local, state, congressional and presidential level without paying for all the extravagance of a media diva.
I don’t claim to be Newsweek I’m one man, if I had that $60k a year in hand it would still be road trips to cover events, maybe the odd flight to DC and beyond to cover bigger things and perhaps a road trip rented car to cover congressional campaigns others have missed. It will be only what one guy can do in a day while still living a normal life. You won’t get a glossy mag. Just blog posts, Youtube Videos augmented by 50,000 watts of AM Radio every week.
Bottom line, I submit and maintain you will get value for your money without having to lose a fortune.
3/30 Update: Yeah the fund raiser is still on but I wanted to update you with thanks for Sue and Kathy 42% down $1265 to go.
3/26 Worse News Mechanic says $700 will get me 7 months tops, will look for cheap replacement when back from DC still $1305 to go with 40% of base goal down.
Continue reading “Update Day 13 40% down $1305 to go”