Well, the wolf is approaching our door again.
My current employer has been hit hard by the financial crisis, and after two and a half years of steady work, I will be unemployed again before midsummer.
This isn’t a fund-raising post. We’re due for one of those soon enough, and you’ll know it when it gets here, because I’ll haul out the tip jar and make a big fuss about it.
This is just an invitation to help me brainstorm a new business model for Gates of Vienna.
I’ve been fortunate with my latest job: the people I work with are easygoing and professional, the hours are flexible, and my boss is a right-wing extremist like me, so hiding my Islamophobic tendencies at work has not been required.
But all good things must come to an end.
If I have to face a long commute again, or take on a difficult and stressful job, or work long hours, then posting here will be likely to suffer.
I enjoy managing Gates of Vienna and its related activities, even though it takes virtually every waking moment when I’m not working at my real job. If I had my druthers, I’d earn my bread doing this job instead of computer programming.
Unfortunately, nobody makes a living at blogging, at least not this kind of blogging.
You all have been habitually generous, and your contributions meet the running costs of this blog and help finance a road trip now and again so that I can attend various Counterjihad functions. But there’s no way to expand this to a level that would eliminate the necessity of a real job, especially given the current recession, when everyone’s finances are under severe stress.
Still… I can’t help but wonder if there might be a better way to do this, one that could raise the level of financial support so that I could eke out the rest through part-time work.
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I have a recurring fantasy about a Gates of Vienna magazine. I can just see it now: a glossy cover like City Journal, with interior illustrations by Arnold Roth and Ismael Roldan and other accomplished artists. All your regular favorites would be featured in its pages — Fjordman, El Inglés, Paul Weston, etc., with material translated by the usual suspects from important European publications. Contributors would even get paid — what an idea!
Of course, readers would have to shell out a few bucks for each copy. Bummer!
But who in the world would advertise in such a xenophobic rag? Gun dealers, ammo manufacturers, and Christian bookstores — that would be about it.
Oh, well — I can dream, can’t I?
While I dream away this cold and dreary Thursday afternoon at the end of April, readers are invited to help me embellish my fantasy: what sort of business model would you suggest?
And while you’re thinking, I’ll leave you with a song by Robert Hunter. It describes what might be called “The Barack Hussein Obama Business Model”:
Talking Money Tree
by Robert Hunter
Late last night layin’ in bed
I found the answer to all my ills
A great big tree growing green and free
full of ten-thousand-dollar bills
Well, I went downtown to buy some wheels
Bought every car in town
Bought all the gas and all the oil
so we all could drive around
I bought the big department store
and everything inside
You could back up your truck and fill it up
The doors were open wide
(It was company policy… we did it all the time)
I bought the park and I hired a band
to play every day for free
I bought the bars and the trolley cars
and the telephone company
You could call all day, say: How’s it goin?
and never have to pay
Send telegrams to your wife and friends
saying: You don’t have to work today!
But after a while I got so bored
I just gave the whole thing back
All I kept was a bar-and-grill
by the northbound railroad track
You can fall by here any time of night
or any time of day
The second cup of coffee’s free
but the first one, you got to pay!