Whenever fledgling media publications beg people for money, they usually list all the important and bumptious reasons you should support them.
You know, something like “by helping fund our operations, you not only get any time, anywhere access to our content, but give us the support we need to stay afloat, overcome the Google and Facebook online advertising duopoly, and continue to produce our unique, locally-produced, occasionally humorous and sometimes important content about this place some of us for some reason still call home.”
That’s a pretty good reason to support an independently owned and operated, small-time publication, but to be fair and impartial, there are also some reasons you shouldn’t.
Here are some of them:
1. You’re Cheap and Stingy
Are you the type of person who makes $80K a year working in middle management, but puts a dry Member’s Mark cheese slice on your hamburger when you get home from Braum’s because it saves you money? If so, you’re probably the last person in the world who would send $5 to support a website trying to stay afloat in today’s treacherous media age.
2. We ruined your Santa Fe ski trip
If there wasn’t a Lost Ogle, the people of Oklahoma probably would never have known that their Governor fled his state to go skiing right after he declared a state of emergency. If you were that Governor, I wouldn’t give us any money either!
3. You’re Poor
If a $5 monthly subscription equals 33% of your hourly salary (or more), you honestly shouldn’t be a member. At least for now, you can still read our stuff for free with 24 hours. Save that $5 for your credit card or student loan debt or teacher supplies instead.
4. You’d rather give your money to media “non-profits” back by the Oklahoma ruling class
I’m not knocking the local non-profit media outlets that get a large chunk of their funding from Oklahoma elites like George Kaiser or the Gaylord-backed Inasmuch Foundation. Even though these outlets are well-funded, and generate more money in a month than we probably do in a year, I support some of them, because, like you, it makes me feel better about myself.
5. Your name is Carol Hefner
6. You will not give money to websites that still show ads…
If you’re one of those people, I respect your stance. Although it would suck to not have cable television, or be able to attend movies or sporting events or festivals or the doctor’s office or any other place that charges you for a product or service and still shows you advertisements, I can see where you’re coming from. I’ll hit you up when we make ad-free browsing a new member perk.
7. You want our contributors to make as little money as possible…
Like any compassionate capitalist, I give shares of our monthly membership revenue directly to our stable of contributors so they can make some extra money each month. If you hate their columns and work, please don’t become a member!
Anyway, that’s just 7 reasons why you shouldn’t support us. I’m sure there are dozens and dozens and dozens of other reasons, too. Let us know in the comments.