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February 24th, 2005

Support Your Independent Content Provider

An idea I’ve had kicking around in my head….

What if for one month, everyone took the money they spend on cable or satellite TV and instead donated or paid to independent content providers – that is, web folks? I thought of this in light of super duper A-list double-plus blogger Jason Kottke’s decision to blog full-time. Think about it… that’s a lot of support.

Will I do it? Well, considering we don’t have cable or satellite right now, probably not. But I would. Maybe I still will.

Posted in Technology

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday February 24, 2005 -- 7:54:43 am
The patronage model breaks down quickly if many people try it. Kottke has no competition. What he is trying is somewhat groundbreaking so he is getting lots of attention and press. Also, being an "a-list" (I hate that term) he had a built in audience. However, if there were 50 or 100 high quality content producers trying to survive this way, they would all fail.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday February 24, 2005 -- 8:18:14 am
I'd imagine that most of the subscriptions will come in during the first few days. I'm curious as to how a.) he'll manage his money with this in mind and b.) he can sustain enough interest to continue to get new subscribers over the next year.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday February 24, 2005 -- 9:41:53 am
(Just noticed that the "fund drive" ends in mid-March, so ignore b.)

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