A Phantasmagoria Of Fundraising – The Past Daily/Indiegogo/Help Preserve History Odyssey
Click on the link here to make your pledge – The Past Daily/Indiegogo/Gordon Skene Sound Collection Fundraiser
As you no doubt know by now, Past Daily is knee-deep in a Fundraiser – we have been for almost all of August and we’ll still be plugging away for much of September.
Why, you ask yourself? Well . . .to put it plainly, doing this sort of thing (keeping up the website and keeping the Archive going) is a gargantuan expense and, contrary to what you may be led to believe, we get NO support from anyplace (nothing – zip – nada), except for the people who actually like what we do around here. That’s you – the one reading this – the one rolling your eyes going “oh Christ . . .” yep, we’re depending on you.
And for that reason we’ve become a Non-Profit. And being a Non-Profit means whatever you contribute to help keep this site up and the archive that puts all this stuff together, preserves all this stuff and restores all this stuff; you get to write us off on your taxes, come April 15th. Cool deal, no?
I’ve been busily plugging away, writing appeals with every post I put up, but frankly nobody seems to be paying any attention to my heart-felt ramblings about saving history, preserving those defining moments of our culture, spreading the word, or chipping in while I pass the hat. I gotta be honest, it’s disappointing.
Maybe you just aren’t interested – maybe all this harping and badgering is annoying you. To be honest, all those e-mails I’ve been getting lately with the headline “I’m pleading – I’m begging” for various political campaigns are a true annoyance and it’s easier to hit “ignore” or load up the spam folder than to respond. And maybe that’s what you’re doing here. But the deal is, I really do depend on you, and whatever you can contribute to help keep this site up and the preservation going is desperately needed. Basically, I’m here because you’re here.
I like what I’m doing – Past Daily is one of the big loves of my life. Sharing all this culture and history and discovery is one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever done. But sadly, it can’t be done for free – it needs help from people like you who also happen to like this stuff and believe in what we’re doing.
So I’m appealing – no; begging, for you to consider your Tax Deductible Contribution to help preserve history and to keep sites like this one up and running and giving you the absolute best we can give you on a daily basis.
Maybe some of you assume I don’t do this every day, like most sites which post only once every week or so. Not with us – Past Daily posts new material on average of 3-5 times a day (more if we had the staff), seven days a week, 365 days a year (except when I’m sick) – that’s my commitment to helping keep History alive – it would be 24/7 if I didn’t need the sleep.
And how much to contribute? Well, that’s up to you. Contribute whatever you are willing to give. If it’s a lot or if it’s a little, it doesn’t matter. Just something – because it all adds up. I would rather get a couple bucks from each of you than a big chunk of money from one or two of you. Because this is a site for everybody to appreciate and enjoy, not just a few people.
And that’s where we’re at – asking for your help and asking you to contribute what you can to help keep us up and running.
I’m sure you’ve seen it a hundred times the past few weeks, but here’s the link (as well as the link at the top of the article) that brings you directly to our Indiegogo Contribution Page where you can make your pledge to give what you can and you can choose to be anonymous or to let everybody know. It’s your choice.
I absolutely cannot thank enough the people who have contributed so far. There’s a bunch of you and your kindness and generosity have been overwhelming – your spirit of giving is truly awe-inspiring and I am taken aback by your actions. We need more of you – more of those angels to appear and to kick a little bit in.
Do what you can, and I promise not to make such a pain of myself in the coming weeks. But then if nobody responds . . . .