The Frontier's publisher Bobby Lorton recently wrote a nice little letter thanking the non-profit's individual donors – and their backers in the more socially liberal wing of the Oklahoma ruling class – for all the support during a tumultuous 2020.
It got me thinking – "Maybe I, Patrick Riley, publisher of The Lost Ogle (not the artist), should also write a historic "Thank You!" to all of our readers who generously joined our Membership Club that we launched earlier this year when the pandemic nearly shut us down. It would be a nice gesture, and even more importantly, get more sign-ups!"
That's probably a good idea, but before I do that. Here's one last chance to be a part of this historic "Thank You" event:
(Looking to make a one time contribution, click here.)
Anyway, all set up now? Let's get on to this rare Thank You.
"If you're one of the couple hundred people who generously gave to our little website in 2020 and – outside of a koozie or archive access or the joy of helping us pay our contributors and other important bills – didn't get too much out of it, we are incredibly thankful for your support. It means a ton, will help us grow and expand, and (hopefully) motivates us to do better work. In the next couple of months, we plan on including member's only ad-free browsing and moving more of our premium content behind the paywall. Thanks so much for being you!!! See you next year!"
That was fun! It's always nice to thank the people who let us do what we do. That being said, and in the spirit of equal time, we should probably shame and scold the people who read our articles, but didn't give us a dime. Here's something for you:
"If you're one of the cheapskates who didn't support us in 2020, but still regularly stopped by to read and enjoy our work for free, thanks for nothing! You suck! I hope you go and boil your bottoms, you sons of silly persons!"
"But Patrick. Your website has advertisements. You're still making money off me!"
Okay, I don't think you truly understand the current state of local advertising, and how most businesses that encourage you to shop local spend virtually all their online ad money with massive corporations like Facebook and Google, but you bring up a fair point. We should also thank our few and fine advertisers – like Grand Casino, Energy FC, Fire Leaf, Oklahoma Contemporary, Patricia's and Stability – for sticking with us, and supporting weird local media that isn't scared to speak truth to power! We literally couldn't do this without them, too.
And, I guess, we should probably thank all of our readers... even the ones who didn't give us money. Yeah, you may be cheap, but we still love those likes and clicks. Plus, there's still a chance for you to change your mind! Have a Happy New Year and see you in 2021.
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