One year ago when I did my fundraiser we had just cleared the month of July and received roughly 8,500 unique visitors for the month. During the month of August I received only a single, solitary, donation. It was for $100, however, and it really helped to boost my morale to continue the website. I’m glad I did, too, because the website has grown so much so that last month Daily Anarchist received over 35,000 unique visitors for the month; a new record.
That’s a four-fold increase in readership. And by the looks and feel of it, Daily Anarchist is set to see continued increases in traffic over the next year.
As I prepared for my annual fundraiser this month I took into account that we have roughly four times as many readers as we did a year ago. Therefore, a rough estimate of how much I could look to raise left me with about $400 in total donations. That might sound like a lot, but let me give you a quick run-down of my expenses.
Every month I spend $50 for the virtual private server that hosts Daily Anarchist. That alone exceeds my estimated total donations. But that cost is completely dwarfed by how much I pay my authors for their content. Last month alone I paid $900 total to three different authors. That’s an astounding amount for somebody who earns roughly $2,000 a month as a waiter. The rest of my earnings go towards rent, utilities, food, and gasoline. Needless to say, I do not live the high life. The amount of money I’ve spent on Daily Anarchist in the last three months could have bought round-trip tickets for my wife and I to go to Europe.
Is my business model crazy? Maybe. But I don’t regret it. I am working towards the day that Daily Anarchist runs in the black. But until then I am putting every last dime I can scrap together into spreading the message. I’ve been going for broke since the ’08 campaign and I have no intention to stop now.
That being said, I need your help. What I really need is a morale boost. Normally, this is when I would slap up the Paypal donation bar and ask for money. But I’m not going to do that this time. I’m going to do something different.
They say beggars can’t be choosers. I disagree. As of today I am removing the Paypal donation button from my donation page and will only be accepting Bitcoin donations. I can no longer stand to propagate an obsolete payment system when I know something infinitely better exists. That is why I am asking for donations in Bitcoin only. The consequence of such an action is that I will likely receive a fraction of what I would with Paypal donations. I say so be it.
One of the beautiful qualities of sending payment through Bitcoin is that individuals can transfer extremely small values of bitcoin without prohibitively high fees gobbling up the micro donation. I understand that people are broke right now. Hell, I’m broke. And often times I want to send 50 cents or a Dollar’s worth of a donation to an organization I support. But I refuse to do so when they are only accepting Paypal as a donation method, because I know that most of the donation will be consumed by fees.
So, as I ask for donations in bitcoin this month I want you to keep in mind that with Bitcoin you can send me a fraction of a penny’s worth of bitcoin and I will still receive it in whole. And yes, I would be perfectly happy to receive micro donations from you, because it tells me that you appreciate what I do and look forward to me continuing my work.
If you’ve never used Bitcoin before now is the perfect time. If only to say thanks to me and boost my morale you can visit https://blockchain.info/wallet/ to create a quick online wallet to get started. Then you can go to dailybitcoins.org and receive a very small amount of free bitcoins. You can then send it to me and you will have completely joined the Bitcoin economy. That alone is a great way to donate this year. I hope you’ll do it.
So, without further ado here is my Bitcoin donation address. Thank you!