*(Just for a few days)
I'm not the best fundraiser. Not more than once a month, and sometimes less often (because I forget), I've tried to selfishly remind people how they could help support TOP.
It's not so hard. The three main ways:
2. By making your Amazon and B&H Photo purchases through our links (we get a little commission when you do); or
3. By sustaining the site, i.e., making a recurring voluntary donation of $6, $2, $1, or 25¢ a month.** Sort of like subscribing to a magazine, only optional.
I usually take this opportunity to thank everybody who helps out in any of those ways. Which I hereby do, again.
However, a new book has convinced me that YOU should really thank these people, too! Assuming, that is, that you're one of the many who read this site without ever pitching in. According to the new book Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson, who's been making the television talk show circuit lately, the magic of digital distribution is that overhead is so low that lots of people can now enjoy something that is paid for by only a few.
...Which sounds good, I admit, if you're riding in the fat part of the canoe and never dipping a paddle in. If you're drafting behind the leader. If you live to put the lie to that old saying about the free lunches. But don't forget, I still need to pay my time, and times are tough as I'm sure you don't need to be reminded.
And the important thing is, it needn't cost you anything. If you are going to buy a camera or a lens or any one of thousands of other photo-related products, please consider buying it from B&H Photo. Or, if you need to buy a book or CD or piece of software, just check out Amazon first. (Here for those in the U.K.) And, pretty please, remember to use our links when you do buy from B&H or Amazon. It helps. A lot. Really.
Or click on our advertisers, or consider a subscription.
But seriously, thanks to all of you who have helped. You are very kind, and it's very much appreciated.
Meanwhile, it's that time of year again—I'm closing up shop for a few days to get some old-fashioned August R&R. (The cheek—sticks his hat out, then goes on holiday.) TOP will resume its merry ways on, around, about, or in the vicinity of August 10th. The payoff for your patience? I am at my least curmudgeonly when I return from vacation. Although I admit it can be hard to tell.
In the meantime, why not delve into the Archives a bit? There's lots of fine stuff moldering away in there lonely and forgotten and not doing anybody enough good.
See you soon.
**By the way, quite a number of these have been canceled. When this happens, I assume it's something the subscriber did on purpose; but I've found several times that it comes as just as much of a surprise to the subscriber. So if you signed up to contribute and your subscription was canceled out of the blue and it was nothing you did, well, it was nothing I did, either. I don't know what's causing it.