I’m exploring funding sources for 2016 and traveling the next couple of weeks. Blogging may be sporadic for bit but I remain reachable through this blog and via email. Also testing a few ads via Amazon to see if it fits the blog. Pardon the dust and feel free to send comments. Thanks!
How did we burn the year so quickly, so fast? Half way through the year and I pause here to give thanks to OneFSO, TwoFSO, 373 blog angels, and all who helped spread the word and made this year possible for Diplopundit!
I have completed sending out invitations to the members-only forum: http://diplopundit.net/forum/. It will probably take sometime to build our online community but hopefully, it will get there. A forum on bidding and 4th of July event ideas have been suggested. If there is enough interest, I will add those as new forums to the members-only site. If you have not received your invitation, please contact the blog here. All forums are accessible only to the supporters and funders of the blog. I understand that some of you may not have the time nor the inclination to join; the invitation was sent out in case of interest, you are under no obligation to join. Right now, we have forums set up for the following:
The blog has so far hosted two “open forums” on topics of FS interest. These “open forums” do not/do not require membership or forum registration ( PTSD | Open Discussion and CorridorRep.com | Open Discussion) and are provided as a public service to the blog’s general readership. The blog will continue to host an occasional “open forum” on various topics as needed.
If you are not a donor/sponsor but is still interested in joining this blog’s online community, please contact us at http://diplopundit.net/contact-us/. We are hoping to add, perhaps, a sustaining membership option for later this year.
And — sending an air hug to Nena S., real-life friend and personal cheerleader who has never been in the Foreign Service but who donated $1,100 towards the blog’s upkeep for 2016. I am grateful for your unending encouragement and affection N!
Also, check out the blog’s two corporate sponsors who helped make this year workable!
“With over 50,000 policyholders, more than 140 years of experience and an “A” (Excellent) rating from A.M. Best, Embassy Risk offers the convenience of having your international auto and property insurance covered with one comprehensive policy.”
A shoutout to Lloyd for helping sustain this blog! Thanks to Deborah, too!
“Imagine spending a few days at a mountain retreat where food is fresh and local; where fellow guests come from all over the world and where wildlife surrounds you when you wake up in the morning or go for that evening stroll into California’s only historical alpine settlement – the Mineral King Valley. It all takes place in a small rustic resort that is almost a century old and with a history that pre-dates the founding of the state of California.”
Many thanks to Philip and Kalina for their support for this blog. Thanks to Michael, too!
This is our 4,000th blogpost. A prodigious ‘bloggers in pajama’ project, huh? These posts accounted for tons of words over the the last seven years, and if this were a printed journal, it would require a wheelbarrow. We wish we could stay and dance but we have some sad news (or happy news depending on your perspective). We’re sorry to report that it looks like the blog won’t get to its 5,000th post.
We’ve worked hard the last several months,with only minor success, to find grants, direct ads, and/or sponsors for Diplopundit . A couple of commercial entities pledged to sponsor us for 2015. And, a prospective private donor, who certainly does not agree with all our viewpoints but thinks our absence would eliminate a much needed voice for Foreign Service accountability, has committed to supporting the blog (Thanks!). Those contributions would total approximately $10K, but that is far short of the amount we need to stay online.
Truth to tell, we kind of suck at raising money, so political bundling definitely will not/not be in our future. We’re also apparently, not very good at making friends with the “right” people. Just for the record, we’re actually quite nice and do not bite. The blog sometimes gets bitey though, but always within reason, and never with viral polioencephalitis, but … can you blame folks for slamming their doors on the “darn blog?”
Is this the end? Perhaps this is just the universe telling your blogger to go take a hike because there’s something just as interesting down the road! To blog pals and supporters offering to contribute to a crowdfunding, thank you all. It probably will not be surprising to you that the number of our blog supporters and funders is a distinct minority in the universe of this blog’s total readers. We tried crowdfunding for 2014 but we’re not looking at doing it again; it would make walking away simply harder. For those who send donations every month, kindly please make arrangements to cancel your automated contributions. To the blog angels who are still trying to locate funding for this blog even at this late hour, we are grateful for your tireless efforts. Thank you.
Not sure yet when will be our last blog post but it will be later this month. If anything dramatic changes, we will post an update. If we win the lottery, and are able to save the blog, you’ll be the first to know!
Please enjoy the fantastic Ed Sheeran and the blog’s remaining days.
Dear blog funders and supporters, thank you for your generous support! I hope I have thanked each of you personally. For the few anonymous donors who did not leave their contact email, please know that you have our deep gratitude for supporting our efforts.
Our crowdfunding project concluded over the weekend. We raised a total of $4,110. Several additional contributions were sent through our Friends of Diplopundit via PayPal. The total raised was not an unexpected result. We know there are folks who consider what we do to be merely a “stamp your little foot hobby,” but we consider it work that requires time, dedication and energy. We set the goal of 40k to approximate what your blogger earned as an analyst some years ago.
The truth is that while your blogger is doing this kind of work, the hubby is responsible for bills. And he’s not getting any younger. In the real world, this has created what we would politely call a low-intensity conflict in the domestic front. He means well. He’s worried that your blogger may end up as a bag lady with bad teeth. In any case, to avoid that end and further conflict, your blogger is looking at 2014 as a make or break year. That means cobbling together enough funds this year to show that she can sustain what she’s doing financially. In addition to the funds you have contributed, we are actively looking at ads, and sponsorships. We are also talking to a few “angel bundlers” who are interested in helping sustain the blog. Whether that comes in separate funding or institutional support we still don’t know. We will update you when we know more.
In the short term, your blogger won’t be working the floors at WalMart. The blog will continue as before. Whether or not the blog remains after 2014 depends on what happens this year.
This past week, we learned that somebody we featured in this blog finally received the help they needed. What wonderful news! To those reading this blog and made that happen, thank you!
In any case, we’ve got work to do — but for now, being alive is what counts.
And as our favorite Doctor would say, “We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?” We hope to make it our best one yet.
We’ve concluded our Dec 3-9 “help fund this blog” campaign yesterday. While we did not set any goal and did not really know how our readers would respond, we were pleasantly surprised by your generous donation and warm notes of encouragement and affection.
Thank you for being part of a great community of donors who support this blog. With your help, the elves will be able to send us a snazzy blogmachine this year. And while we may not be able to totally dodge the bullet in the foreseeable future, this is the real job we have for now until we’re dragged away to, you know …. or until the Mayan prediction proves true.
We are delighted to hear that you hold us with “extreme affection,” that you take your morning coffee with a dash of Diplopundit, that this blog is valued by many readers with big hearts. Thank you.
Thank you, too, to our steadfast supporters who sent regular donations even when we were not running our campaign. You know who you are and we appreciate your guardian wings.
Namaste – नमस्ते be well, and may you enjoy the best breath of life!