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  •  Good for you (and us). (20+ / 0-)

    I am always so impressed when people put themselves on the line like you have. Among those who can "afford" (I use that word loosely) to do so, there are relatively few among those who profess to want change who are willing to seriously commit themselves personally, to sacrifice other personal desires and ambitions for the general welfare.

    And really, because of this and as far off track as we've gotten, I believe the difference between being where we are now and being where we so desperately need and want to be is a critical mass of people who, like you, do so. (And I think too many wait until they are cut down, and then they are a lot less able to contribute from a position of strength...)

    I am going to examine your participation options carefully and do what I can because of you and the commitment you have made as much the cause, which is a good one. We have never given the fifty state strategy enough of a commitment, and you seem to be going in that direction, wanting to concede nothing, and willing to organize, pick up a mop and clean house.

    Kudos.

    p.s., I'm not suggesting you "sell out," but you might use your demo issue to solicit sponsorships from the larger, more well-funded progressive nonprofits (and ditto for flush, safe candidates) that should want to promote themselves to your audience. But please, no Brazilian butt adds. :-)

    From here on out, no one can escape the havoc wrought by the unmitigated Class, Climate and Terror Wars.

    by Words In Action on Tue May 07, 2013 at 06:59:16 AM PDT

    •  Thanks so much Word In Action. I can't (7+ / 0-)

      tell you how much your comment means to me. I'm such a softie...I'm all misty eyed.

      I really appreciate your confidence in me and in this endeavor and I promise to continue giving it my all.

      Thanks.

      PS I have a partner program being worked up now. I plan to approach a few organizations and partner with them to help us both. I'll offer a split of the first month any new subscription fees. This way they can raise money for their cause while helping us find new subscribers. I do like the idea of approaching them for ads...although...ick...ads....Even Markos wants to do away with them! :)

      •  As long the (5+ / 0-)

        ads (sponsorships!) are coming from the right organizations, readers will mostly find them interesting and/or positive. We like to see "our" interests promoted.

        For example, I specifically LOOK at ads in pubs like The Nation.

        In fact, The Nation, Mother Jones, The American Prospect,  etc., as well as some of the larger, more successful online progressive websites (e.g., Huffington Post), may also be good sponsor candidates...

        You need to recruit a pro bono (or commission-only) sponsorship salesperson. If you're a nonprofit, there are special guidelines you need to follow, as commissions per se are not legal (but there are ways to structure contingent pay that are...).

        Good luck!

        From here on out, no one can escape the havoc wrought by the unmitigated Class, Climate and Terror Wars.

        by Words In Action on Tue May 07, 2013 at 07:22:57 AM PDT

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        •  Thanks. That's interesting news. I'll (4+ / 0-)

          definitely look into it. I guess you;re right though. I do look at ads in some places. So yeah, I could see that.

          And while we aren't a non-profit I'm not planning to get rich off this. So...

        •  I'll take the other side if that. (3+ / 0-)

          Advertising is always wasted space.  I want actionable intelligence.  I literally can't remember the last ad that told me something I didn't already know.

          Information quality is key.

          -7.75 -4.67

          "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

          There are no Christians in foxholes.

          by Odysseus on Tue May 07, 2013 at 08:04:55 AM PDT

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          •  I tend to agree with you Odyssey. I'm quite (2+ / 0-)
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            maybeeso in michigan, Odysseus

            reluctant to put ads in the magazine. And especially with this type of thing, there is going to be SO MUCH information from all over the country. So many states and localities with interesting stuff that we need to know. It seems I might piss off readers with ads to organizations they already know about or causes they're already aware of.

            •  I'm not a fan of ads, (8+ / 0-)

              and I am certainly no marketing pro, but I know from years of doing h.s. yearbooks that something as simple as a page that says "THIS PAGE MADE POSSIBLE BY MOTHER JONES MAGAZINE" with a direct link can make a difference. I am that person who will then click on the link and follow. Would I do it for "BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT"? No, but if I am already reading your content, chances are I want to read MORE content of a similar nature.

              Best of luck. When I figure out where I put my debit card, I plan on subscribing...and when school is out, I might send you some articles about the disaster that is Tennessee politics.

              “Reason must be our last judge and guide in everything.”~John Locke

              by sfsteach on Tue May 07, 2013 at 08:34:56 AM PDT

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              •  Well BUTT LIFT ads would be a different (0+ / 0-)

                constituency for sure. LOLZ

                thanks for your input. I'm going to keep all the options open for sure. The primary goal is for the magazine to inform and to provide us with the revenues necessary to keep service costs to candidates ridiculously low so they can run STONG CREDIBLE COMPETITIVE campaigns against our well-oiiled opponents.

                We'll do what we must.

    •  I am so impressed with what young people can do (12+ / 0-)

      Today with the technology available.  It is really great to see it harnessed for good and not just for profit (hello Facebook).  Having cut and pasted Xeroxes to make alerts on bills to send to our mailing list back in the '80s I am so impressed with what can be done today.

      It is also really great to see Progressives willing to train people to run for local office.  That is what the GOP did--run people  for school board, take over the City Council until people got wise to them.  But they built up a stable of people who could run for higher office.  

      Too many people were willing in the '80s and '90s and '00s to be turned into consumers rather than citizens.  Only engaged citizens can take our democracy back.  Good Luck!

      Don't bet your future on 97% of climate scientists being wrong. Take action on climate now!

      by Mimikatz on Tue May 07, 2013 at 08:59:41 AM PDT

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