This morning, I Googled what turns out to be a misunderstanding of presidential proportions: as it turns out, the familiar American metaphor insisting the Chinese word for “crisis” also means “opportunity” is, sadly, incorrect.
Instead, the Chinese character for “crisis” more readily translates to “danger = point of change” (thank you Wikipedia), and that the point at which we find The Malik Report today.
- I’m incredibly grateful for your support over the last week-and-a-half. As TMR emerged from a year-long hibernation, you, the TMR readers, came through in a gigantic way, affording me the opportunity to pay off my server and web interface’s costs for the upcoming year. We blew the fundraising goal out of the water, and that’s awesome. I thank you from, as my mother would say, “The heart of my bottom,” because you really saved my ass.
- As those of you who contributed, both monetarily (via Paypal, Giftly and Patreon) and via “getting the word out” are essentially my bosses and the owners of this blog, I promise to work for you as hard as I possibly can. I don’t take your investment in this blog or this blogger lightly, and that’s where we come to the next points:
- In terms of the audience of TMR, I’ve got some good news, and I’ve got some bad news. The good news is that we are at a fundamental “change point” in terms of blog audience and blog commenters. The bad news is pretty simple: as this blog has gone in and out of hibernation over the past two years, my old audience has (understandably) moved on to other blogs and podcasters. Those of you who have remained are truly die-hards, and those of you who are new to the blog are more welcome than ever before.
- In other words: the A2Y crowd that followed me over from KK, acerbic comments included, simply aren’t here any more. They (again, understandably) headed back to Paul’s excellent blog, and that means that we are essentially rebuilding the comments section from scratch. So you are more welcome than ever to comment as you wish, sans as much group think as there was previously. I encourage commenting on anything that you find interesting: this time around, I’m going to pay more attention to the comments section, because it will help drive the shape of this blog to come.
- Along those lines, I will always be seeking your input as to what you’re looking for in terms of content from me, both linked-to and in terms of commentary and focus.
- I must regrettably note, however, that attempting to be the NPR of blogs = for better or worse, fundraising is going to be an integral part of this blog. I don’t want to be the Bernie Sanders meme, but, “I am once again asking for your financial support” is how I’m going to live without subjecting you to commercial advertisements. The constant asking for donations gets tiresome for me, never mind for you, but it’s just the way things are going to go.
That’s more than enough blab from me. I felt that you deserved a status update as to where we are, and where we are going. I really want to establish a community here, and that’s going to yield regular status reports and requests for suggestions and comments.
In the end, the point of this entry is a long-worded summary of the following sentiment: