After almost six years of building this New York History Blog, I’ve reached a crossroads. It’s become clear that whatever history community there is, it has little interest in supporting this effort financially. So this is the last chance – a final appeal, before I close-up shop.
I’ve worked nearly every day to build an audience to promote the news and events of the state’s historical resources, the largest audience of its kind, far larger than all the state’s history-related journals and magazines combined.
There have been successes, yes, and I am particularly grateful to those who have encouraged this endeavor and contributed essays. Notably, the Jay Heritage Center has been generous in providing a small amount of advertising support for many years. Bruce Dearstyne, Peter Feinman, and Larry Gooley, have contributed essays regularly, and others have added their voice occasionally.
But unfortunately, that’s not enough. I’m not independently wealthy (rather the opposite) and can simply no longer afford to devote days of my time each week to an unpaid effort, no matter how much I love history and want success for history organizations in New York State.
If someone in this community can come forth and offer financial support for this effort, I’d be happy to continue. Although it needs three days work each week, I’d be happy to be paid for one. $1,000 per month will keep this site going for years to come.
New York State has offered a million dollars to the history community for the Path through History project – every person reading this now knows that this site, with its daily reach of nearly 5,000 history lovers, professionals, and academics, is far more valuable to the history community than road signs.
Since I’ve made this appeal many times privately before, I’d like to be sure readers know I’m not an attorney, or even a non-profit professional – I’m a writer/reporter and an editor. I also have no time to incorporate this effort as a non-profit or write grant applications to support it. If someone out there wants to volunteer their own time to do that, I would welcome that help, but please don’t suggest that I do that. I’m far too busy producing this daily publication (and the far more successful Adirondack Almanack). Ditto, with suggestions about crowd-funding, donation buttons, and the like. I’m happy to take that help, but I simply can not do it myself. If you are not willing to actually help with your own time and/or resources, please do not suggest additional work I should do to keep the New York History Blog you enjoy alive.
If there is one person among the millions of New Yorkers, one organization among the hundreds, who see the value in this New York History Blog and has the small amount of resources required – now is the time to step up.
Thank you for reading.
Founder and Editor
The New York History Blog
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