One of my basic quips here is that if you don’t like a post, you get your money back. The point, obviously, is that you read SJ for free if you so choose. Nobody makes you. You don’t have to like it, whether because you think the writing sucks or you just can’t stand the word “twit,” and you certainly don’t have to agree with anything I write. This is America and you can be as wrong as you wanna be.
But of late, I’ve noticed that donations to the cause have dwindled considerably. While I can see how many people read SJ, and the numbers remain remarkably robust, the lack of support is a little disconcerting.
My theory is that I write for me, but I post it here so you, the reader, can read it if you want. That’s about as far as I’m willing to go, however. To add the cost of this joint is a step too far, and so I leave it to the readers to decide whether SJ is worth something to them. As Keith Kaplan, who gives a monthly contribution, says, it’s because “SJ is worth more than nothing.” He’s too kind.
But maybe Keith’s wrong when it comes to you. I write. No one pays me to do so, and I’m okay with that. But I’ll be damned if I also have to pay so that you can read it. If you don’t care, that’s cool and tells me what I need to know. If you do, then do something about it. If you don’t, I’ll get the message.
Update: My sincere thanks to everyone for contributing to SJ. The response has been overwhelming. I’ve read every comment included with the donations (yours, too, judge, and I swear this isn’t RICO) and they’ve been funny, brilliant and touching. Thank you.