This week Burnt Orange Report turned 9 years old. 9 years. Wow. Let that sink in for a bit.
We've had a lot of discussions over the years about how to fund the work that we do as bloggers, especially covering state level politics where we don't always have the steady stream of national news to drive our readership. It's been an annual topic at the Netroots Nation conference and will again make an appearance at this June's Netroots Nation in Rhode Island.
Here in Texas, we have spent the better part of this year rethinking how to do exactly that. I want to review what we have already done, and why donating $9 for the remaining 9 months of 2012 is so important for the future of BOR and other blogs like us.
- Earlier this month, we completed our first fundraiser which netted over $15,000, allowing us to prove that there is a base of support for the work we do.
- We've held GOP Debate Watch parties and primary results watching parties that have drawn hundreds of guests (and sponsors) and generated local news stories.
- We have set up a Texas G-PAC that allows us to more transparently engage in direct political activity to support Democratic candidates.
- We have launched a monthly Texas polling series with People Calling People.
- We've created a statewide Progressive Vendor Page whose annual paid listings are not only an additional revenue stream, but help give some smart political firms better exposure.
- And for the first time since 2008, we are once again able to incentivize our writers with pay.
After 9 years of writing for this site, I hope you believe our work is a valued asset worth investing in. That's why I'm asking you to become a recurring donor through our 9-9-9 Plan which means giving $9 a month for the remaining 9 months of 2012 in honor of our 9th Birthday.
Help us make BOR sustainable by setting up a recurring donation here.
If we are successful, our plan is to present this model at Netroots Nation as a real, tangible example of how to make state blogging and local activism real and sustainable for the dozens of others of sites like ours across the country. Whether or not that happens, depends on the generosity of people like you.
Together, we can continue to make a difference in Texas.