The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

About That Yellow Button …

Posted on | October 28, 2019 | Comments Off on About That Yellow Button …

There are good days and bad days in the life of a blogger, and some days are more productive than others. I’m happy to note that the month of October has been our most productive since August 2018, as measured by total number of posts per month, and overall traffic has also increased, thanks in part to a certain Naked Bisexual Democrat. But then there’s the aspect of blogging known as “monetization,” or rattling the tip jar.

The past two months, I’ve tried to refrain from rattling my own tip jar because my brother Kirby had a medical emergency, which required extraordinary fundraising efforts on his behalf. Thanks to the generosity of our readers, Kirby is now recuperating here, and has an appointment at the nearest Veterans Administration facility on Friday. Meanwhile, however, there has developed a shortage of funds in my account, and not only is the cable bill (which includes our Internet service) of more than $300 due on Wednesday, but there are also other payments I’ve neglected and it’s kind of hard to blog by candlelight, if you get my drift.


As I’ve sometimes explained on The Other Podcast with John Hoge, the basic idea here is crowdfunding — if enough people give relatively small amounts, it adds up, and with an average of around 7,000 visitors daily, those readers who contribute just $5, $10 or $20 on these occasions when I’m loudly rattling the tip jar can make a huge collective impact on the bottom line. And did I mention I have a beautiful wife?


Mrs. McCain sometimes gets irritated when I post that 1990 bikini photo of her, but a shortage of income from my blogging career is arguably more irritating, and I like to keep my wife happy. After all, an unhappy wife might hasten that “till death do us part” aspect of our vows. Not that my wife would kill me. Not literally. At least, probably not. She’s the praying, Bible-reading kind of wife, and I’m pretty sure she’s solid on “Thou shalt not kill,” but then again, “lead us not into temptation,” eh?


Anyway, “happy wife, happy life,” and your contributions will certainly make my wife happy, no matter how irritated she might be that I’ve posted that old bikini photo again. And that photo is quite modest, compared to photos of a certain California Democrat we’ve seen lately. But consider that a hint about the subject of my next American Spectator column which was inspired by a Kiplingesque comment from John Hoge. Even when the monetization aspect of blogging is not quite what it ideally should be, we try to have fun, because who doesn’t enjoy laughing at mentally ill (and sometimes naked) Democrats?

The Five Most Important Words in the English Language are:

“Hit the freaking tip jar!”



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