I write this in a mood of deep introspection and uncharacteristic melancholy.
Done? Then we’ll continue.
I’m going to be reducing the contents of my gun safes over time. As the Son & Heir has no interest in acquiring my collection of WWI / WWII and other old rifles after I snuff it, and I can’t really shoot them anymore, there’s no point (other than nostalgia) in keeping them. I’d rather they went to people who appreciate them for what they are. S&H already has the Swede (Princess Gertrude) because he loves that rifle even though he hardly ever shoots it, so the rest are up for grabs, so to speak — details on this later in this post. Also going will be any unscoped rifle other than the Browning 1885 High Wall, which was given to me by my Readers and which the S&H will keep, in my memory.
The second part of this post has to do with fucking money. In the past, my SocSec payments covered our immediate costs — rent, a car payment and insurance. The rest was covered by New Wife’s tiny salary (school admin staff are not highly paid), and we have been able to bumble along with only occasional dips into our savings when liquidity was short — immediately replenished when the checks cleared, in other words. We even had a little left over to indulge my ammo costs and the (very) occasional gun purchase and New Wife’s visits for Grandchildren Spoilage.
None of that exists anymore.
Thanks mostly to Bidenflation, my income no longer covers my costs, and our joint income just barely. Forget any indulgences like travel, new guns, ammo and even visits to Central Market for the occasional treat: none of them are possible anymore.
New Wife is facing retirement age quite soon — and thus we will not be able to make it.
Which means I have to raise money, somehow, and the only possible way I can do it is through this blog. Unlike previous times, I no longer have the readership that can generate funds through mass subscription, but it’s all I have left: to earn money through my writing.
So here’s the plan. Like Chris Muir’s Day By Day, I’m going to have an annual subscription drive; only unlike Chris, I can’t lure people to contribute by creating pictures of BOOOBS. Likewise, I can’t give away artwork like Sarah Hoyt has been doing, because I have none.
All I have to go on is doing what I always do: daily posts on topics which interest me and others. But even here are constraints.
- I will not turn this collection of crazed rants into a two-tiered “premium”-type website like the PJ Media group
- I do not want to subject my Readers to frequent pleadings for money
- I do not want to subject my Readers to advertising — pop-ups, in-body ads etc.
- Nor do I want to have “guest posts” from companies who would use thinly-disguised advertorials to lure my Readers to their get-rich-quick schemes, intrusively-advertised sites and similar dubious content (I turn down about two of these approaches every week, by the way)
- Forget being an Amazon “business partner” and the like, which could jeopardize my independence to write whatever I want
So I’m going to be holding an annual subscription drive in August from now on. If you are a daily Reader (as many seem to be), please contribute accordingly. At this point, I’m not going to make suggestions as to how much this website is worth to you, other than to say that I humbly believe that my gun posts and socio-political commentary are arguably the best reasons to come here, with beautiful women, cars and the rest as a bonus.
That said, I do want to reward Reader generosity, so here’s what I’m thinking: the largest contribution or group of contributions (I haven’t decided the parameters, yet) will get one of my prized rifles as a token of my appreciation. You’ll have to trust me on deciding who gets what, but you folks have trusted me in past Boomershoot sweepstakes and such, and that ethic is not going to change.
I understand too that a lot of folks won’t have a lot of cash lying around, but could afford a small monthly amount, for which there is Patreon (I know, I know, but at least it’s already set up).
If all this fails, I’m not going to shut down this blog — why end one of the few things that actually gives me satisfaction and pleasure? — but I’ll just have to make changes to my life, changes that are both unpleasant and embarrassing.
So it’s come to this. I’m going to reduce my gun collection (sadly, but logically) and ask for an annual subscription, all in one go. What I hope is that I will be able to use that subscription money to keep my head above water, and to fund an ever-shrinking list of activities that make my life worth the hassle (that’s not repeat NOT some loony implied threat). Of course, I will have to declare such income to the IRS… don’t get me started.
When the time comes, please be generous.