Hey Mike! An Open Letter to Our Michael.Submitted by BleuCream013 on Fri, 12/31/2010 - 03:08
I've got an idea.
Ever consider perhaps self-publishing a collection of the best writings freely contributed here at DP, like some quarterly published "Daily Paul Liberty Treatise, Vol. ___" ?
You must admit we have an incredibly talented pool of writers here that I am certain would be readily willing to freely release their work for the site, if the proceeds go to help fund your operation, no?
I'm sure in your back of the woods, near Cambridge, the NE brain center of America, there's gotta be a local student to small-business geared printshop, or online ventures, that will be friendly to the idea.
So perhaps you, or we, can raise enough money, initially to micropublish, look around for graphic designers within DP community who would be willing to donate their time for some cover art, as well as some type of mini-graphic novel story relevant to the Doc & the R3VOLution, to political cartoons, etc. as a 'centerfold' type morsel.
That alone can soon become a self-sustaining operation, and maybe even publish it quarterly, when it works out.
Then, have competing contests with our fellow R3VOLutionaries at Ron Paul Forums.)
I am not sure what your vision for DailyPaul is, but some scalability could be had, if that's what you want. Plus, it'll be a regular 'gather around' focal point, not to mention possibly opening up an additional source of funding, to continue to keep Daily Paul a vibrant place.
If there's one certainty in life, people generally always support what and who they like; most of us will be willing to contribute for works that are worth reading, viewing, sharing, and buying.
Hell, in one shape or another, I gotta assume some 20-50% of our browser tabs are always open to Daily Paul.com. If so, in more ways than one, much of our daily lives, has sadly, or awesomely, become a daily Paul, already anyhow!
Along with the quarterly "Daily Paul Liberty Treatise," perhaps you can even hold contests to win tickets, fares, etc. to upcoming liberty events, seminars, rallies, or even liberty-minded musicians' concerts.
Then the Pièce de résistance: an "Annual Paul" event, where some of our fellow 'anonymous' rabble rousers can come out and meet regionally at brick and mortar "Meet-Ups" to exchange ideas, network, promote their own personal endeavors, or businesses. Or, even perhaps a massive national one, inviting liberty speakers, issue focal points, coalesce like-minded businesses, etc.
Call it a Daily Paul "PorcFest" or "RonStock," or what have you.
Plus, holding activities like contests would help focus some energy, and more active participation at Daily Paul, beyond simply posting threads, news & video/YT links, news updates, petitions, etc.
Basically, it'll help spawn additional activity around the DP universe.
The selection process for the writings portion can done via a panel of moderators, current, or some variant of the current one, be they be elected, or selected.
If the operation becomes successful, and there are funds left over after future prints, aside from the general upkeep of the DailyPaul.com, perhaps the rest can be channeled toward some other activity that won't run afoul of FEC legalese crap.
Plus, we can do the same Live Donation, and/or purchase Tracker for the "Daily Paul Liberty Treatise, Vol.___" in our classic MoneyBomb fashion. Get big enough? Can have streamed local fundraiser parties via Skype, etc.
Just throwing it out there: might as well enjoy, and figure out a way to keep this place around, alive and vibrant, for a very long time.
Let us know what you think.
Have a Happy New Year, Brother!
P.S. I know some of you know me for my verbiage. In case some of you maybe wondering whether I did it to promote my writings, I'm way too private. I'd gladly nominate far more talented writers here, with far more succinctness and elegance.
Plus, have you all seen how many other creative artistic talents we have here? Hell, we can intellectually out-publish the Economist Magazine, if need be.
Some of the links to some of our DP members' artworks have been incredibly promising as well.
The pool of available talent is not in question. Say hello to endless possibilities.o)