Stick ’em up, your money or your… money

What a farce.

You’ve been demanding, begging even, to have an easy way to support Whaleoil financially, and we’ve just been going…

Yeah… nah…

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.


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  • thor42

    That’s a very sensible approach, WO. Good stuff!

  • williamabong

    Inevitable really, it sort of had to happen, I wish you well with the idea Cam, I for one intend to contribute on the little / often basis, as a continuous stream of funds is more usable than one large lump.
    As the motor racing commentator once said “the bullshit stops when the flag drops”

    • CommonSense404

      Ditto that – I’ll happily pay the equivalent sub I used to pay the Horrid. And contribute more when there’s a need to fight the establishment on important points of principal. Get on board people.

    • Tom

      Yep. Whale Subs hehehe

  • Adam Michaels

    Sweet. A range of options for people- a great thing.

  • unitedtribes

    You can bet that all your readers were born under the sign of Aquarius. Except perhaps Red Baiter
    Perhaps a poll

    • Um, please explain …?

      • Bunswalla

        Well, it goes like this. Essentially you have to believe that out of the 7+ billion people on the planet, they can all be conveniently placed in one of 12 categories.

        The way to do this is to ignore the fact that we’re a tiny insignificant flying speck of dust and imagine if you will (stick with me) that the cosmos has been arranged purely for the purpose of ascribing particular characteristics and personality traits to people born at a particular time of the year.

        I realise this is all just too unbelievable for words, but it gets better. Due to the irregular movements of the planets, stars etc, over the last couple of centuries since this horseshit was first made up and sold to a gullible and stupid public, the timing of which star sign you were “born under” is now about a month out. So if you think you’re an Aquarius, you’re actually something completely different. I don’t know if you’re now a month early or late, and I really don’t give a shit.

        This sort of thing is right up there in terms of believability with the Easter Bunny, tooth fairy, Santa and the magic flying guy in the sky that fixes football games for millionaires and cares so much about you he lets you get cancer and die a horrible death. But then I would say that – I’m a Taurus.

        • Cool, thanks for taking the time Bunswalla, a decidedly detailed answer! Cheers :-)

    • Red doesn’t read..or at least comment here any more. He’s still trying to super glue his toys back together.

  • Whafe

    Great stuff, awesome proposal to.

    Count me in.

    Commonsense framing it up from the view point of the NZ Horrid subscription is very good. It is a far better spend here on WO than the NZ Horrid.

  • unitedtribes

    Was just wondering were to allocate this in my accounts. Considered advertising and then thought Suspence would be better. Insurance perhaps or even investment. Maybe Tax on productive time or IRD Tax on Interest (ing posts). I suppose an invoice is out of the question?

  • motorizer

    why dont you have a snap census?

    will you be donating yes no.

    and what month will you be donating.

    then you can have some projected data? huh huh?

  • Bart67

    Until I saw the post about the guy who would pay what he used to pay the herald, I did not understand, but now I do!

  • Col

    Yes count me in, but wait until I m open again, those RBZ Taylormades set me back a few dollars, so you will see it when it arrives should be Feb.

  • adsup

    Count me in, will set up an automatic monthly payment. I get a lot out of this site, lots of laughs, the real story behind the reported elsewhere story, news from around the world that I wouldn’t normally find basically and a different perspective from the tweedle dum and tweedle dumber from the we areall the same MSM. And of course the brilliant pants down brown scoop.
    To all my fellow readers of this blog…if we all tip in a few bucks each week on an A.P it will amount to enough to keep WO going and hopefully deliver a few more scoops, and laughs at the expense of sanctimonious lefties and warmists.

  • RightOfGenghis

    don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner Pete but you could raise your revenue stream by 33% overnight simply by registering as a church. You could call it ‘the Right Whale Church’.

    BTW ‘The Church of the Whale Penis’ has already been taken according to Monseiur Google ;)

  • TreeCrusher

    PayPal account would be good. Makes it easier to set up a reoccurring payment.