I don't know why, but I still have a job. And because I don't have
a life a dozen kids, pets and other regular expenses, I've decided once again to give away some of the cash I've been hoarding to a different financial black hole: a local charity. And the amount will depend on you.
If you're new to this, you can see the posts from 2008 and 2009, but the idea is the more people who subscribe to this blog via feed readers (like Google Reader), the more money I give away. According to my spies at Feedburner, the current subscriber count is 1,250, which is pathetically similar to what it was a year ago. Like last year, I'll start with $0.50 for each of those people as a base ($650), and add $1 for every new subscriber after one week, to a maximum of $1,000 (just in case this goes viral and I end up having to pay a quadrillion dollars or something).
As a bonus, I'm also donating $0.50 for each new Twitter follower (spammers and other non-human accounts not included, along with those who have astronomical following counts). At the moment of writing this, that number is 2,147. Again, this will be up to a maximum of $1,000 (so don't bother following me if the count hits 3,147, I guess) - yeah, I know everyone's doing it, and for more money, but I don't have Véro cash.
The recipient of my stupid crazy giveaway this year will be the Old Brewery Mission, who will no doubt then add me to a mailing list like Dans la Rue and the Welcome Hall Mission, where I will be reminded regularly through the mail of how my contributions are helping people.
As if I care about helping people. I'm in this to get famous, and giving money to readers directly doesn't give me a tax receipt.
This not-contest ends exactly one week from now, at noon (ish) on Wednesday, Dec. 22.
P.S. Speaking of giveaways, I have a small collection of swag - some media-related, others of local interest - that people have handed me over the past little while that I can't really use because it offends my ethical sensibilities. I haven't figured out the most fun way of distributing this stuff to those who might enjoy it, so I welcome your suggestions below. A charity auction? A party? A contest? Use it to bribe people into becoming friends with me? Just throw it in the garbage? Hand it to Jean Naimard where his burning rage will cause it to immediately combust?