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We recently celebrated our one year anniversary here at Left in Lowell, as regular readers know.
I debated whether or not I should have a LiL fundraising week. I decided to go with it. I am in good company with such blogs as AMERICAblog, I suppose!
Even though my overhead for hosting this blog is fairly tiny (my traffic is light compared to the big national blogs), there are several reasons I am asking for donations. First, I really want to have some nice bumper stickers printed up that I can give out to anyone who wants one. I’ve wanted to do this for months, but it costs money I don’t have, and besides, I want really nice ones. No white and red hack jobs for us!
Next, I would at least like to take my co-bloggers out for a nice dinner, to thank them for their amazing contribution to the blog. They’ve brought new perspectives and different interests with them to share with you, and they deserve at least that much. (Note to co-bloggers, I better not see any donations from you! You do enough already.)
I also need to pay for some unexpected overhead such as for the Democratic convention coverage this past weekend. 25 hours of internet in the media room cost me about $60, plus of course meals, rooming, etc. If I want to keep going to these sorts of events, I need to have some sort of way of paying for it that doesn’t include jeopardizing my family’s future - like our down payment for a home. If you donate this week, Mr. Lynne will thank you!
And finally, because I spend a lot of time away from my business to work on this blog. I do it gladly, and will continue to do it even if not one donation comes in this week. But if you think this blog is worth the cost of a week’s worth of coffee, we would be very grateful. Of course, I do not want your money if you don’t have any to spare. I know what that’s like. I’m not interested in anyone going broke on my behalf.
We don’t have ads to help pay for any of this and I’m not really interesting in going that route. I have enough clutter in my side bars! So, if you’d like to keep this site ad-free, and you like what we do, please consider a donation this week. You can pay via a Paypal account or with a credit card if you don’t have one.
[Addendum: Just a side note: any money I take in via this website is not for charity, it would be a for-profit part of my business. So it’s not tax-deductible.]
[Addendum II: Obviously, your info will remain private by default, unless you post a comment yourself. Thanks to those who’ve already donated!]
Thanks so much,
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