busked, busk·ing, busks
To play music or perform entertainment in a public place, usually while soliciting money.
February marks the two year anniversary of Boldaslove.us. And, as many of you know, anniversaries are times for reflection. One of the things I've been reflecting on is how to take this blog to the next level. It's not something I've entirely figured out. Yet. What I do know–you may have heard from other sites–is that maintaining a blog is not without costs. And for the last two years, I've been shouldering the costs myself.
Thought about it some more when I saw an article yesterday about singer/songwriter Jill Sobule. Turns out she didn't have a record deal, so she went out to her fans and asked them to contribute funds so that she could complete the next record. And they did. You can read more about it at jillsnextrecord.com or on the NY Times.
Anyway, it occurred to me that I should also reach out to my regular readers with the following request: If you enjoy what you read here, if you find it valuable and worthwhile, please consider supporting with a donation. There are two ways you can do this:
One, you can simply make a donation via the Paypal button to the right, under the shirt ad. And, let's be clear: Give whatever you can. $1. $5. It's all good.
Or–speaking of shirts–you can buy one, which comes in men's (l) and women's (r) styles like these below.
In either case, your support will be appreciated. I'm excited about what the future holds for Black rock, about where it can go and how it can positively impact peoples' lives. I'm also excited about new opportunities that are coming my way, such as the opportunity to speak at SXSW. The challenge with SXSW, in particular, is that they invite you, but do nothing to cover airfare or hotel. So I'm coming out of pocket for that. So, this is one near-term example of how your support can help defray costs.
Thanks for your ongoing support, feedback and inspiration. I hope I'm providing the same.