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April 3, 2012

Only You Can Keep the Begging Brief

Filed under: Admin — Chas @ 8:52 am

Decent start to pledge/begging week. 12 donations via PayPal and 6 check pledges. Hopefully there can be a steady flow like this all week.

There was a question why I do the pledge drive in April rather than sometime in the beginning of training camp or basically any other point when traffic is going to be noticeably higher,  people (hopefully) are more excited about Pitt athletics and by extension this site, and thus more eager to contribute. Obviously, I have given this some thought.

There are a few reasons. The first goes to my own distaste for having to do this. Writing posts to justify giving me money to operate something I love, necessarily descends in to a bit of self-promotion and self-importance. I’m perfectly willing to have others speak highly of me and talk about how great I am, but I remain uncomfortable doing it for myself. Now that I think about it, this might be why some people speak of themselves in the 3d person when they get self-aggrandizing. Gives them a sense of detachment from the obvious arrogance. But I digress.

Another reason is time. When August rolls around, and pretty much through the end of March, there is usually plenty to post. And there’s a good chance I’m going to fall behind at points. Writing extra posts that don’t hit on actual Pitt athletics is one more thing to put me behind. And then I’m trying to convince people to give when I can’t even keep up with the news. Just doesn’t look good.

The final reason is that I hate pledge drives. I hate hearing them on the radio or on TV. I get the necessity (obviously), but they still annoy me. And I imagine plenty of you don’t like them. The constant interruptions and disruptions to the routine. Delaying news or entertainment. Ugh. So I’d rather just do it during a period that is relatively calmer and less intrusive.





May I suggest a film of Peter, Paul and Mary with you interrupting every 15 minutes asking for money

Comment by wbb 04.03.12 @ 9:02 am

I look forward to reading your blog and l appreciate the amount of time and expense involved. Please advise your address so I can send my check for $20. Thanks again

Comment by nathan young 04.03.12 @ 9:24 am

The Pitt admin also thinks this is a good time of year. I just got my envelope for their annual pledge drive last week.

Comment by TX Panther 04.03.12 @ 9:52 am

You should not feel bad about this, Chas. People need to start understanding that if you want more than aggregation– and want insights and a conversation focal point, you gotta help a brotha out that is doing the heavy lifting. Plus, the more we give, the less we need to see blogads on the site. As much as I am mildly amused by the “Mutually Benefical Arrangments” Girl — my wife still thinks that this Ad is crafted to my browser history– and always raises an eye….

Check is in the mail. Wish I could do more!

Comment by Pauly P 04.03.12 @ 11:57 am

Chas, any way you can contact me so that I can get your address for a check? I do not have a PayPal account at this time. Thanks and keep up the good work.
I am challenging those out there who live out of the area (still looking to move back, if anyone is hiring) to contribute as well. This is the only site where we can get coverage on the school we all hold near and dear.

Comment by MTD23456 04.03.12 @ 12:31 pm

Mine should have gotten to you Chas (via Wife’s PayPal.)

Guys – take note here please. Chas does such hard work and this blog is so good I’m actually paying for the privilege of writing on it!!

So – if I can do that then ponying up a buck or 20 shouldn’t be too bad.

Comment by Reed 04.03.12 @ 2:54 pm

post your address so i know were to send check dont know how to do pay pal

Comment by Frankcan 04.03.12 @ 7:59 pm

What’s the Paypal address?

Comment by FG 04.04.12 @ 8:52 am

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