7 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Support The Lost Ogle…

Whenever media publications beg people for money on days like Small Business Saturday, 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 publication, but to be fair and impartial, there are also some reasons you shouldn’t.

Here are seven of them:

1. 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!

2. We ruined your PhD. dress-up day

Seriously, if we called you out for dressing up as a Ph.D. at a commencement ceremony when all you have is a Bachelor’s degree, I wouldn’t give us money either.

3. You’re cheap and stingy like my brother

Are you the type of person who makes a lot of money in sales, but hits up your brother for his The Athletic password when you want to read an article about OU football? If so, you’re probably the last person in the world who would send $5 to support a tiny website trying to stay afloat in today’s treacherous media age.

4. You’d rather give your money to media “non-profits” backed 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. You just bought a $2.75-million mansion

With that big of a house payment, I don’t blame you for being a bit stingy.

6. Your name is Carol Hefner

If that’s the case, we can’t blame you. That being said, can you DM random people and ask them to support us?

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. If you hate their columns and work, please don’t become a member so they can make as little as possible.

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.

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25 Responses

  1. # 8 automatic renewals are the only choice to subscribe.

    1. #8. You refuse to adapt to the times.

      1. automatic renewal is the times?

  2. 1, 3, and 7 work for me

  3. I am retired, so am careful about where my money goes. I do support TLO; I consider it to be money well spent.

    1. Thank you, Marybob!

    2. Same for me marybob. Another retired member here

  4. Q: What’s the greatest country on the earth?
    A: Dough-nation!

  5. You think there’s too much advertising here? (Reason #6) Visit the Tulsa World website! It’s hard even to find the content between and under their blizzard of ads. It’s the worst I’ve ever experienced.

    The TW even limits you to one or two free articles PER MONTH without being a paying subscriber. And even if you pay, you still see their extremely annoying blizzard of ads. (Pro tip: if you visit there, first disable javascript. There’s a sneaky way around their paywall too, but it’s a bit too complicated to explain here.)

    I don’t pay to read what little worthwhile content there is at the Tulsa World for reason #1. But I do support TLO and Nondoc monthly even though I could read their content for free – because I consider them to be a good value for the money. The TW – not so much.

  6. #9 No PayPal option.

    1. What’s special about PayPal? (Serious question – I’ve never seen any point to it.)

      1. Safer than using a credit card. Someone will eventually hack TLO and get our CC info

        1. We don’t store your credit card info on the site. That’s all handled through Stripe.

        2. Someone won’t eventually hack PayPal?

  7. Why does the site let me log in, but won’t let me read the articles?

    1. Because you ended your membership on May 10th.

      1. “Thank you for contacting customer service”

        -The Lost Ogle

  8. engaging in the comments is worth the price alone.

  9. I’m a member. God bless TLO for the good work they do.

    1. Where else can you fund poking Gov. Stitt in the eye for the low monthly price of a Pumpkin Spice Latte Grande?

  10. Hobo Joe. You can read my endless posts on Facebook that do more than poke Clueless Kevin in the eye but you should remain supportive of the real professional in this business…TLO. I’m just on a learning curve barely started.

    1. To Cal Hobson. This is Cal Hobson. I didn’t post the first Cal Hobson comment but I like it, it is true and I have a lot of fun writing them. Now as to the reason not to support TLO…can’t think of a single reason but can several. (1). Your price to read is too cheap and is beneath you to beg for such little support. (2). You don’t block moronic Republicans from your site. (3). You don’t block moronic Democrats from your site. (4). Sometimes you are moronic. (5). I should also be blocked from your site since I write so much moronic stuff on Facebook which is owned by the world’s greatest moron. (6). And finally, none of us morons deserve the opportunity, even for a price, to read your clever, insightful, thoughtful, wise, intriguing, brilliant, engaging, charming and engaging articles on so many complex and complicated subjects. PS. Hope for just a second you fell for the last sentence which would confirm only an egomaniac of epic proportions would put out such a wonderful blog for so long, for so little. PSS. Did you fall for that sentence too? Hee hee. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from The Liberal From Lexington

      1. And yes I said ‘engaging’ twice on purpose to see how many people write in to say I’m just a moron for doing that.

  11. Another retired curmudgeon member here. All I can say is TLO is great….and get off my lawn!!!

  12. Why Stripe? Just one more thing this old man has never heard of and seems like just one more outfit with my information? Already been hacked with Experian and still hassle with locked up credit scores to this day.
    When given a chance the right wing corrupt bullshit in Oklahoma is every bit as fascinating as DC and we actually get all the sidebars.
    Speaking of ‘corrupt bullshit, has the OCC handed over the Oklahoma taxpayer booty to ONG yet?
    Now there’s a real story of corruption and financial rape of the Oklahoma citizens. Talk about destroying the very concept of real Capitalism.

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