A few weeks back, there was a lively back-and-forth on this site about intellectual property – with some arguing that writers and musicians shouldn’t sweat the Net making it hard for them to earn a living from their work because people can access their work for free. Because they can rely on people – enough people to make up for the freeloaders – freely buying their work (even though they can get it for free).
Along these lines, I wanted to mention that EPautos has had a “donate” button up for more than a year now. It’s right here. During that time, we’ve had exactly two donations. We are grateful for these, but they are hardly sufficient to make up for the costs of servers, much less compensate for the time/creative effort put into this by myself and Dom (the EPautos web master). We work for a pittance – and less of one, with each passing month.
The sole source of income for this site is outside advertising – which we have kept strictly separate from the site’s editorial content – unlike many other sites, which shill subtly and not-so-subtly for products and services by pitching them in their articles and so on. Some even accept “guest posts” that are in fact nothing more than ads gussied up as “content.” We haven’t ever done that – and never will. Whatever you read here, whether you find it useful or entertaining – or not – is at least not trying to sell you anything (except, perhaps, the merit of certain ideas).
Unfortunately, neither Dom nor I are independently wealthy – and it is hard to justify spending literally hours every day, seven days a week, year ’round on something that’s not a hobby – and which costs us money as well as time.
Where am I going with all this? I’m asking all of you who appreciate this web site to consider supporting this web site. The fact is we have enough readers such that if even half of them supported us with $20 a month, we could do away with all the ads. The entire site could be devoted to cars and bikes and our roundtables on liberty.
I think it’d be a wonderful thing. It would prove that the Net isn’t a sweat shop for writers – and that Libertarians put their money where their ideas are.
So, let’s see what happens. I’m hoping it’ll be something positive.
Thanks to all!