Open Thread

I doing my taxes, so I won't be able to post much, if at all, today.

Use this thread to tell the world what is on your mind.

Open Thread

I was in Old City last night for First Friday. For only $1, a fortune-telling, street artist drew a picture of what I would look like in the near future:



It wouldn't surprise me if I ended up in a straight jacket. However, that diagnosis did only cost a dollar, so I might seek a second opinion from another fortune-telling, street artist.

Also, donations are still trickling in today, and the Let Us Work For You campaign currently stands at 159 donors, and $8,500 raised. That puts us only 41 donors and $1,500 from our goals!. Thank you so, so much to everyone who gave.

This is an open thread. Tell the world what is on your mind.

Update: We have reached, and surpassed, both the donor goal and the fundraising goal! Tomorrow, my day will be spent writing thank you notes. Being paid this way changes you--it makes me feel a profound sense of duty and obligation, even apart from what I personally believe in and I am personally driven to do. Thank you so, so, so much. I won't let you down. We will all keep growing stronger, and we will take back our country.

Let Us Work For You, Afternoon Update

A little more than three hours into the fundraiser, we stand at 65 donors, and $4,123.42 raised. Thank you so much to everyone who has given! I really meant hat from the bottom of my heart. This is a humbling experience in many ways--some of them good--and it will allow Matt and I to spend more time of our working on the projects, campaigns and content that matter to you. However, we are still a decent ways from our goals of $50 each from 200 donors, so let's keep pushing.

In the comments to the first Let Us Work For You thread earlier today, many readers had questions about the fundraiser. I would like to use this thread to answer those questions all at once:
  1. In this instance, your donation goes directly to Matt and myself, and not to an organization such as BlogPac or MyDD. We want to be directly accountable to you, and we want to have more time to spend on all of the campaigns and projects you feel are important.
  2. Yes, the money will be used to help us do things like pay our rent, but we also regularly invest our own money in the campaigns and projects on which we work. Blogging costs money in the form of computers, multimedia equipment, travel expenses, internet access, and a whole host of opportunity costs. As such, your donation is as much an investment in progressive infrastructure as it is an investment in me and Matt.
  3. Since we are private individuals, and since you are receiving a service in return--our ability to do more work on the campaigns, projects and content that matter to you--there are no legal issues to worry about here. That goes for people who are living overseas as well.
  4. The only email you will ever receive as a result of your donation will be a thank you email that I will send out later today or tomorrow morning.
  5. We will not become partisans on behalf of any candidate as a result of your donation.
Already, as you can see from Matt's post below, we are making sure that the blogosphere has a voice in discussions on Capitol Hill on important issues such as regulation of public airwaves. This is one of the many, many projects your resources we can spend more time on if we are working for you.

Put us to work. Let's reach our fundraising goals.

Update: As of 6:30 p.m., there have been 87 donors, who gave given a combined $5,350. We are getting there.

Last update before bed: 109 donors, and $6,532.26. Wow--amazing. I'll talk about this more later on.

Open Thread

Tell the world what is on your mind.

Also, I can't seem to figure out the Salon embed, but FIRST!(Bumped -- Jonathan)

Third Blogiversary Open Thread

This is the third anniversary of MyDD's relaunch. Yey! In that time we have had: Wow. What a long, strange trip it has been.

More stats: Here are the number of posts made by the current, or former, regular and semi-regular writers:
  • Chris: 2,896
  • Matt: 1,639
  • Jerome: 1,069
  • Jonathan: 971
  • Scott: 392
  • dhonig: 107
  • Nancy: 59
  • Adam: 42
In fairness, I should note that Matt has made about 400 more posts than I have since he became a regular back in mid-November, 2005 (although I wonder which one of us has written more total words during that time). Also, check out out first and second anniversary threads. This year alone, we had 12.4 million visits, and 19 million page views, equaling our first and second years combined. We also had 3,372 front page posts, and 7,628 diaries. Oddly enough, that means there was a tremendous, nearly 50%, increase in front page posting, while diary production remained roughly the same from last year. Go figure.

Diaries

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