Last year I considered transitioning the blog to a subscription-based newsletter. Some readers suggested Patreon or Substack. I thought about it, and then I thought some more. It does seem like everyone is moving to the subscription only newsletter model. Ultimately, I decided to continue as before. While only a fraction of the blog’s readers contribute to the annual fundraising, I believe it still serves a purpose to keep the blog open for everyone as long as we are able to do so.
This month this blog will reach a milestone of sorts. 13 years going on 14 years of blogging. Most of that time, I was blogging regularly. Might we get to the 15th year? Maybe. We’ll have to see, shall we?
Diplopundit’s last round of funding ran out in August 2020. I have not done any fundraising since then. Fortunately, hubby has saved me from being a bag lady. Without him, I’d be a Walmart greeter who wouldn’t have time to blog :-(. This year I’m trying to raise $50K in 6-8 weeks. I am asking for your support – if you’re able – to help keep the blog going for another year; this would fund the blog from March 2021 to March 2022. Note that we will no longer use our PayPal donation button. This will help focus our attention and our supporters’ efforts on one fundraising a year.
When the blog started in 2008, social media was not an ever present reality in our daily lives. Today, there are many ways to obtain news and information. For this year, the blog will focus its attention on stories that would normally not be covered by the large media outlets. We will still link to Twitter because that’s where news breaks first, and will still link to the top stories of interest. The blog will endeavor to bring stories, both good and bad, to our readers. Our primary focus will continue to be on the men and women serving our country in support of diplomacy and on their families, as well as on the health of the institution we appreciate, regardless of its imperfections.
As a dedicated gardener with a renewed appreciation for patience, I pledge to continue the watch from the wall and hope that you continue to visit our little corner of the world.
Thank you to all who support the blog by sharing relevant tips and information.
Here’s hoping that our readers and supporters are able to help keep the blog alive for another year.
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