We did it!
And by "we" I mean "you people"! I didn't do anything! You pledged $5,000, and have thus hired me to write "Snide Remarks" every week for a year.
Thank you for the gig! My contract stipulates that you cannot fire me!
I'm astonished at how quickly the pledges came in. I felt reasonably confident that we'd reach the $5,000 eventually, but I thought I'd have to do some wheedling and cajoling near the end. But no! A couple of tweets, a blog post, a widget on my site, and that's all it took. The last pledge came in this morning, bringing us to exactly $5,000. (I assume the last donor chose $31 as her pledge amount on purpose.)
Of the 190 people who pledged money, 19 pledged $100 or more. As a reward, they will each get to choose the topic of one column and put an ad of their choosing at the bottom of it (if they want to). Obviously, I am very grateful to those 19 big donors.
But I am also very, very grateful to the 171 others. Among those 171, the average pledge was $15.79. Many, many people pledged $10 or less. Several even pledged the bare minimum of $1. Which is great! I will not mock you for that! The genius of the Kickstarter system is that it truly doesn't matter how much each donor gives, as long as it adds up to the right amount. I'd have been just as happy with 5,000 people pledging a dollar each. Heck, maybe more happy, because that would mean I had 5,000 readers.
So thank you, one and all, for contributing. The Kickstarter drive must stay open until Feb. 1, as scheduled, and then your cards will be charged. Any additional pledges that come in will go into my tip jar. There is no reason to pledge anything now that we've reached $5,000, but neither is there any reason for me to stop you if you want to submit a gratuity.
Thanks again, and watch for new "Snide Remarks" every week at EricDSnider.com starting March 7!
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For $100, you get to choose the subject matter of one of the 50 "Snide Remarks" columns. In addition, we'll put a small ad of your choosing on your column, to promote your own site, your business, your pet project, or whatever you want: "This column is sponsored by [fill in the blank]." This will be awesome. (You can remain anonymous if you prefer. We understand.)
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