By tully | "Boredom at Its Boredest" by Michael Tully November 12, 2007 at 3:03AM
In my current state of shameful unemployment, I had an admittedly desperate, but potentially interesting, thought. Though this might seem like a humiliating step to take, I've thought it over and decided that it's worth a shot. If anything, it's an interesting experiment. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself.
While walking around for the past several days wondering why I can't seem to figure out a way to get paid for my creative outlets--seriously, it's like there's a block on anything that I write that renders payment a ridiculous impossibility--I came back to this site time and again. And then it hit me. Why not try to get paid for all the writing I do here?
Of course, I’m not going to turn Boredom at its Boredest into a pay-only site, for that would be ludicrous and idiotic. The fact remains, however, that I have devoted many, many, many hours of 2007 trying to spotlight some of the things that inspire and excite me. So I came up with an idea, which was inspired by Radiohead’s novel concept (and now Saul Williams). If you can say yes to any of the following questions, keep reading the below paragraph. If not, don’t bother. The questions are, as follows:
-- Did you read this site on a somewhat regular basis in 2007?
-- Did my words entertain/engage/enlighten you in any way?
-- Has reading this site turned you on to something that you otherwise hadn’t heard about (a movie, a musician, a book, etc.)?
Okay, that’s all I’ve got. But I think that’s enough. If you can answer yes to any/all of those questions, then why not let me know by compensating me for all of my hard work. I’m not talking major compensation. I’m talking between five and ten dollars, or whatever you think it warrants (I wouldn’t suggest more than that, but who knows what kind of swollen bank accounts some of you have out there). It’s just about the end of 2007. Why not take a few moments to think back on all the funny, witty, clever, impossibly brilliant posts you read on this site since January 1st of this year, and let me know that you don’t think my writing is a complete waste of my time. Because while I’ll certainly keep posting on a consistent basis, in these major bouts of confusion it always seems to me like I’m devoting too much useless energy to this kind of writing.
There, I did it. In one sense, a pathetic plea. In another sense, a very reasonable one. And just in case you think I wouldn’t return the favor by contributing to many of my favorite sites out there, think again. I would gladly do that--provided those individuals stoop to my level and put out a general plea as I’ve just done here.
You can contribute by going to Paypal and donating to mynameismichaeltully-AT-hotmail, or if you don’t do the credit card/bank account thing, write me for my mailing address and send something to me that way.
In all seriousness, it would be a real thrill if I could make a major dent on my December bills with money that I earned by expressing myself on this website. That said, don’t feel guilty about not contributing (not that you would). I’m just intrigued to see how this plays out. And you can mark my words, I won’t do this type of plea for at least another year!