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A Personal Thanks to Subscribers and the Important Investors in TM

ALL THE donations investing in the work here at TM make a difference. New media ventures are kept alive through the people who invest in this brave new world of writing and journalism, which began percolating in the mid ’90s. I’m proud to say I was one of the few and one of the first writing on the web back then, starting in 1996, long before blogging was born and the enterprise that became new media took off.

The challenge of monetizing through new media is embedded in the medium that began as a free information highway.

As for TM as a new media magazine, what this means since I went to this format in September is that the content is wider reaching. It’s not just about politics here anymore, though that is the driving engine. The object of TM as a new media magazine is to give you a view to what’s going on in the world each day, grabbing stories and headlines that are buzzing around the globe, as well as those that catch my editor’s eye, including the trivial that draws the public’s attention like a magnet, even if you don’t think the story is important. If it’s taking up oxygen and squeezing out more important stories it’s worth covering for that fact alone; it’s a window into our human priorities that gives a snapshot of who we are and why we’re where we are today.

TM takes money to make happen.

Some prefer to give once a year to TM. There are donate and investment buttons on the side margin so you can donate in TM any time that’s convenient. Multiple and large donations given during drives from people like MichaelS, Rachael, Susan, Chuck, as well as whitepaw, NancyZ, Antonio and others, including so many, many who bought my book, keep my work progressing. People like Winston, Claudia Juli, Daniel, Virginia, Brenda, James, Gwen, Shelley, ladywalker68, SusanS, Denise, MichaelP, AnnW, Camila.. and so many other important people who believe in the power and importance of independent new media, as well as the writing I do.

Then there are the subscribers to this site, which is an incredible breakthrough in new media monetization. Thanks to Gina, Laura, SusanP, StephenAG, Tyrone and other subscribers for jumping in on this new way to support TM.

In the second decade of the 21st century, as newspapers continue to dwindle and magazines fold or go to smaller issues and from 12 issues to 6 per year, the scramble to monetize new media endeavors has begun, with smaller, independent entities being squeezed.

Making new media a paid business is easy for sites like Huffington Post, which I wrote for at its inception, as well as other megasites. For independent new media entities like TM it’s a huge challenge.

Here’s hoping more and more people take seriously that new media ventures like TM matter enough to be worth your investment, whatever the amount you can afford.

I’m proud to be able to say that I have a proven track record on delivering political analysis that hits the mark and always steers you in the direction of truth and a picture of our world you won’t get anywhere else.

If people were used to investing in new media, fundraisers and other reminders wouldn’t be necessary. The amount of work that goes into this endeavor, the tech support it requires, which is contracted through my partnership with AgoraNet, Joyce’s great work, along with the intent to bring on new writers and pay them, all of it depends on your investment.

New media has arrived and the importance of monetizing has grown.

Thanks to the investments of all the people who donated to TM in 2012 and understand it takes money for this new media magazine to continue to thrive.

7 Responses to A Personal Thanks to Subscribers and the Important Investors in TM

  1. newdealdem1 December 29, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    Taylor,

    I am a proud supporter of this site and have been for a long while now, although I’ve been a subscriber in 2012.

    I urge all those who post here (who can afford it even if’s it’s only a few bucks) to give something to support this site.

    In this vein, although I am a subscriber to this site, I believe in this site and the work done by Taylor and Joyce equally and as such please accept my Holiday contribution.

    Thank you Taylor and Joyce for all you do over these years even if I don’t always agree with you. That is not important. What is important is the integrity and honesty of Taylor and Joyce.

    Happy Christmas and Happy New Year to all of us who post here and read this blog.

    • Taylor Marsh December 29, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

      …and I cannot say enough how much I appreciate (and I know Joyce does as well) your continued support.

      Hope you had a Merry Christmas and here’s to a great New Year.

  2. newdealdem1 December 29, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    Bless you both and I wish you both a Merry Christmas and a super New Year!

    And, I wish the same to all those who post here and read this blog weather you comment here or not.

    Namaste!

    My best,

    Laura.

    • Taylor Marsh December 30, 2012 at 8:45 am #

      Wishing you great health in the New Year, my friend.

  3. secularhumanizinevoluter December 30, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    Ms. marsh…I lovez ya…ya KNOWZ I duz…….don’t always agree with ya…but everything you post is informative, factual and always a joy…if at times an angst producing joy to read.
    And the others who post here are the same.
    That is why I have made one time donations when you have had fundraisers and this year my wife and I did the monthly plan.
    Times are tight but truth and discourse(no matter how rude at times) is important.
    If someone comes here with any regularity they should show their support and appriciation by helping to support the site.

    • Taylor Marsh December 31, 2012 at 12:38 am #

      I so appreciate it, secularh, so please tell the same to your wife! Thanks so very much.

      Happy New Year to you both.

  4. newdealdem1 December 30, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

    Thank you, Taylor. Means so much to me.

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