I used to read you when you were on blogspot, how could you sell out? Now you ask for donations and accept money from advertising.
How could you sell out? What sort of a role model are you setting for other atheists from your community who you represented to sell out for money?
I won’t be reading your blog anymore.
I used to get around 40 hits per day on blogspot. The problem was it was not very visible. I was writing for myself. I did not represent anything really.
I only started doing any real representation after I moved here. It is only then that I started getting “keep it up” messages. I understand a handful of my old readers said they wanted nothing to do with me after I moved here because I betrayed principles and because I had a rough time with Atheism Plus (I don’t agree with their methodology. There is more than one way to catch a tiger an what works on the Siberian tiger may not work on a Bengal.)
So to move here was to be seen as a betrayal.
Except I was aware that not everyone here is the same. And so while I often disagree with other people, I disagreed for valid reasons. I wrote about Trayvon Martin in disagreement with people like Greta not because I know George was guilty of causing the death of a young man but because by the laws of Florida he was not. We are not a mob and this is what Justice is. The reality is that the real crime is the law that allows you to shoot people if you can prove that you felt unsafe. The law created this tragedy.
To put it in perspective. The Executions in Saudi Arabia are horrible but lawful. The executioner is a symptom of the problem. Likewise Zimmerman is merely the symptom of a multitude of problems. Racism? Gun Cult? Concealed Carry?
Then he was subject to tabloid media levels of journalism and a changing dialogue that often simply refused to understand that the problem with George Zimmerman was that he did nothing wrong because the law is broken. That the USA is made more unsafe by having random strangers with guns act out a fantasy encouraged by the gun lobby of heroism and saving lives against a murky and shadowy threate..
Which is a different narrative to many people. And here is the awkward truth. If George wasn’t armed with a gun, Trayvon would have lived and George would not have attacked him. And that if George was not hispanic and looked white he would have probably been jailed and there would be no media circus. The only reason why it became a big deal was that George needed to be not guilty or else gun laws would have to really change.
Freethought Blogs has never ever been monolithic. The problem here is everyone reads PZ Myers and assumes we are all the same. Which is why I am a Biology Professor in the USA….
We are all different. We hold differeing views. We hold different tolerances to things too. We also hold different experiences. A few days ago I had to explain to Ophelia about Smegheads and how we (yes, that includes me) are Red Dwarf Fans. This was a show I grew up with and we were well aware of shows that tried to sneak stuff in the radar or indeed kitchen appliance companies with unfortunate names.
As for selling out?
I now get between 1500 to 2000 hits per day on average.
This equates to $2 a day. I get donations once in a while from readers but it averages out to around $2 a day.
This is my only income that I keep aside for luxuries when I get back. I cannot access this money on a regular basis. This sits in paypal till I can use it when I am in the UK.
You may think I would sell out for the price of a supermarket sandwich but you are mistaken.
You need to make it a Happy Meal or better.
This does not cost you money to look at my work. It does not make you lose anything and I hope it makes you gain something instead. However, you must realise that to begrudge me whatever portion of wealth your individual visit nets me is at best very peevish and petty.
It means that my words meant nothing too you in the first place and that you are ideologically against what soap box I chose to stand on. That you literally hate me because I share my apartment with someone you don’t like.
And that’s pretty dumb. You don’t have to agree with someone all the time. You can disagree. It’s just that you have to make your arguments sensible rather than about secret plans to rule atheism with a iron fist and a velvet glove.