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December 09, 2002

'Tis the Season Andrew Sullivan

'Tis the Season

Andrew Sullivan needs money. I was one PayPal click away from sending him $20 when I realized that If I'm gonna start flinging money around like Vinnie Antolini, Andy is only one of a number of people who ought to get money from me. If I'm paying him, then in my mind I need to be paying Glenn and James, and I really ought to grease the palms of Daily Pundit and U.S.S Clueless as well. After all, Glenn and Bill and the Captain have sent traffic my way, and Lileks has dropped by and left comments, and I've gotten e-mail from all of them at one time or another. Hell, I'm sure Bill needs the money far more than Sullivan does.

Zod: Name dropper

Andy's never sent us e-mail or traffic. Frankly, I'd be surprised if he even knew we existed. I get the feeling that he doesn't spend a lot of time down among the denizens in the depths of the blogosphere. I'm not complaining, the whole point of blogging is to able to do your own thing, it's just that by my normal standards, Andy doesn't make the list of people I think I ought to send money to. Glenn, James, Bill and the Captain do.

Zod: And if we're not sending those guys any money, why should we send any to you?

Despite what Zod says, I have dropped change in the tip jars of some of those above, though to my shame it was never very often or for very much. I can also rationalize my way to thinking that when any blogger influences the media, it's a win for the blogosphere as a whole, and Andy does that on a fairly regular basis. Not that he's the only one. There's Kausfiles, and the already mentioned Instapundit. That list will only get longer as time goes by.

I find that the more I try to quantify which bloggers I ought to be leaving tips for, the more bloggers make the list. Technically, to my way of thinking, I ought to tip not only every blogger that I read regularly, but also every blogger that regularly sends traffic our way. It feels like the neighborly thing to do. It's also impossible, unless I send only pennies. I've joined the nickel exchange in an attempt to do just that, but I haven't seen a lot of their banners on other sites.

Off the top of my head, this is the list of bloggers who I think I ought to be giving money to as well, if I'm going to give money to Andy in the first place.
InstaPundit, Daily Pundit, cut on the bias, Meryl Yourish, File13's Amish Tech Support, Little Green Footballs, A Small Victory, Silent Running, USS Clueless, ColdFury, Spleenville World Domination Headquarters, The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, On the Third Hand, WeckUpToThees!, Fragments from Floyd and Lileks

There's no rhyme or reason to it, the choices are entirely objective, and I've trimmed it down from an initial list that was twice as long. I'm not even sure if all the bloggers above even have tip jars. More for the rest if they don't, I guess. Now all I have to do is come up with a total amount to spread around to them and Andy, one that seems reasonable to me but that won't make the Sainted Wife keel over in horror when she discovers what I've done with it.

Posted by Bigwig at December 9, 2002 11:26 AM | TrackBack
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