because big corporate sites ask me to work for free (so: subscribe!)
I got an email recently from a staffer at a big corporate news site — I’m talking one of the top 500 sites on the entire Web. Huge.
Okay: It was Forbes.com.
Anyway, the staffer is apparently a big big fan of mine and immediately thought of me when the call went out that the site’s entertainment coverage should be expanded.
In return for my contributions, Forbes.com — the online arm of Forbes magazine, whose motto is the “Capitalist Tool” — I would be paid the princely sum of…
Are you ready for this?
Nada. Zero. Zilch. $0.00.
Not one single penny.
Of course, this is the family-owned company whose family members bankrupted it while pocketing $100 million for themselves.
But Forbes.com is still around, still getting millions of pageviews per day, still earning advertising income off those pageviews.
This is what I’m up against. After all the time and effort and energy and mojo I’ve poured into developing this site over the past 14 years — with no help from a megamillionaire daddy — I am expected to be delighted to turn that all over to a corporate entity with the kind of resources that can survive having $100 million stolen.
It’s absurd. It’s infuriating. It sure as hell is not capitalism at its finest. It’s capitalism at its most exploitive.
I bet Malcolm Forbes would have been offended to be asked to give a for-profit enterprise the benefit of his experience and expertise in return for nothing.
This is why I’m asking you, my regular readers, to subscribe at $10 per month, or $5, or even just $1.
Because the big boys are not going to pay me to do what I do.
So if I’m gonna survive and continue doing what I do, I need you to help me.
If any of the Forbes family would like to donate just one percent of that $100 million, I’d be happy to accept that, too.
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