The Great Askening

« November 2010 »

Memo to the YAD Audience: I HAVE A PROPOSAL.

I'm about to do something I've only done once before in the entire six-year history of You Are Dumb Dot Net. Ask for site donations. Now, Internet tradition demands a bit of a sob story at this point, and so I have prepared one. Not much of one, but still:

I've recently had to make a significant expenditure. That's about as much detail as I can go into, which is why I said it wouldn't be much of a sob story. It's not a bankrupting expenditure. It's not a "can't afford to eat" expenditure, but it is a significant financial setback.

When I knew it was coming, I devised a plan. A plan for a comedic sort of I Am Spartacus parody that you all would have found very amusing and charming. A plan that can't, it turns out, actually happen.

But I hate being the guy who, after six years of free content, says "OK, now it's time to pay up." I do this for my own entertainment, even though I find it pretty gratifying how many other people out there are entertained by it too. So I'm going to make you an offer you probably can refuse. I realized there's something I can give in exchange for donations. Something incredibly rare. Something I have never offered in six years of columns.

The input of you, the readers.

If you've been following this site for any length of time, you know I've done it the way I've wanted to from day one. And it shows, for good and for bad.

So here's the deal. If you want to help YAD out by helping me out, use the Send YAD Money link and avail yourself of PayPal. And if you want, you can use the notes box that Paypal gives you to include your suggestions for the site. Ways to make it better, things you wish it did more, things you wish it would do differently, things you wish it would bring back, things I may have never thought of, things I may have openly rejected in the past, whatever.

And I'll try to make your dreams come true, for a sufficiently restricted definition of "dreams". If it's feasible, within my means, and doesn't involve showing you a camera-phone picture of my wang, it's probably gonna happen. When it will happen will depend on what it is, how much demand there was for it, etcetera, but I will do my damndest.

The site's not in danger of ending over this, and like I've always said with donations, it shouldn't take precedence over your own monetary needs. But if you've ever idly been amazed that this site has done what it does, for as long as it has, for nary a dime or Google ad, now's your chance to express your gratitude and make your suggestions. Because once this is over, it'll probably be another six years of me stubbornly doing this my own way.