What a farce.
You’ve been demanding, begging even, to have an easy way to support Whaleoil financially, and we’ve just been going…
It’s not because we don’t like money.
We need it, in fact.
But we have a problem with the way it changes the essential relationship between us and our audience.
But the truth is, we just have to get over this pride.
One problem is that we don’t want to get distracted by semi-regular fundraising drives. Once we get money, and start making commitments, then we need more of it. And if the support dries up, this is a problem. This is one of the reasons we’ve been so hesitant to start – instead seeking support from advertising and organising sponsors behind the scenes.
Having investigated other blogs/sites that have moved to a donation model, there typically is a huge wave of support at the beginning, but after that there is absolutely no indication nor a guarantee of any level of continued support after that. That makes it hard to budget.
So here is how Whaleoil is going to try and spread some of the support out over the year:
Please consider a donation in the month you were born. If it is your birthday, give US the present.
Of course, if you’re so overwhelmed with feelings of support in the mean time that you absolutely can’t contain yourself, feel free to express your support whenever you like.
But hopefully, by spreading the donations around the year, we can avoid most of the pitfalls that come with the spike of money that then drops away to practically useless levels unless we whip you up on a regular basis. (And that’s so undignified).
So, we’re going to provide a way to donate via credit card and Paypal. Any amount you like. If times are tough, $5 is great. If you had a good year, celebrate it with us.
Some of our readers have already set up monthly automatic payments. So if you are in the camp that can’t do a big sum once a year, and prefer to spread it out evenly over the months, that would also be a good idea.
So if that appeals, set up your automatic payment to 03 1527 0038034 000 and put a reference of “Donation” and any other details that allow us to know who you are if you like the credit for it.
If you like to send us something, like blood diamonds, or photos of politicians in compromising positions, our postal address is PO Box 51116 Pakuranga.
We’ll be putting out the electronic begging bowl over the next few days.