Today marks the somewhat-belated beginning of the Second Quarter 2015 We Hunted the Mammoth Pledge Drive! Which, as always, is another way of saying “several days in which I beg you all for money.”
To repeat my simple pitch from my previous pledge drives: If you enjoy this blog, and can afford it, please click on the “donate” button below and send a few bucks my way. Or, if you’d prefer, a lot of bucks.
You don’t need a PayPal account; credit cards are accepted, and there are other options as well. If you’re outside the US, PayPal will automatically convert your weird non-American money into American bucks.
Thanks for all of your donations, whether big or small. They keep the cats in cat food, and enable me to keep this blog going, helping to compensate me for the considerable time and energy I put into it. And thanks to all of those who donate between pledge drives as well.
And as I’ve said before, I also greatly appreciate all the non-monetary things you all do to support the blog, from contributing smart and funny comments, designing graphics, sending me tips on stuff to write about, sharing posts on Twitter and Facebook, alerting me to trolls in the comments, helping me to design a more effective comments policy, and so on. You folks have posted another 50,000 comments since the last pledge drive, bringing the total close to 550,000.
Things are going well here at WHTM.
Traffic is still booming: WHTM has gotten more than a million page views in three of the past four months and we should easily clear a million this month as well. I’ve had several posts go viral in recent months, and the blog is helping to shape press coverage and broader discussions about the antifeminist, anti-woman backlash online.
I’ve stepped up my posting as well, with the aim of posting twice or more a day.
So if you’ve been donating to this blog, you are continuing to get a lot of bang for your bucks, as they say.
Ok, you say, but what’s this about a “new improved” WHTM?
What this means is that I’ve hired a web designer to give the blog a custom upgrade. I’m not adding useless bells and whistles or radically changing the basic layout. Instead, I’m aiming to streamline the site, which should mean a better user experience for all of you in the form of a less-cluttered blog layout, easier navigation, and faster-loading pages.
The changes will also give me more control over the ads that run on the page (yes, like you I’ve been annoyed by the video ads and other inappropriate ads that WordPress has recently been putting on the site).
This costs money. And I’ve also recently had to replace my old laptop, which was getting rather crotchety in its old age. So I’m hoping some of you can dig a little deeper this time to help me cover these costs as well as my normal expenses.
Thanks again to all of you. I can’t do any of this without your help.
PS: Some of you in the past have had technical problems with PayPal’s “recurring payment” option; I’m planning to set up a Patreon in the near future that will give you another option for monthly donations.