Calendar Update

The interest in calendars has been lukewarm, so I need you to email if you desire a calendar. If you have already emailed, don’t send another. Mentioning you want one in the comments DOES NOT WORK, as I am only using the tally from emails.

Additionally, I am going to hold a site fundraiser. I have received bids for a complete rebuild that will be several thousand dollars, but we just need a complete rebuild. Alain has done an amazing job patching things together, but the best course of action is starting from the ground up. When should we hold the fundraiser?

65 replies
  1. 1
    Manyakitty says:

    Sent email

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    geg6 says:

    I think I sent an email already. Let me know if I didn’t.

    As for the fundraiser, I’m in whenever you launch it.

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    Yarrow says:

    Fundraiser timing: Might as well do it soon. It’s the holiday season, people are feeling generous and if Mueller comes through with indictments everyone will want to celebrate. Might as well celebrate by donating to the Balloon Juice Infrastructure Fund.

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    Barbara says:

    Maybe the Sunday evening after Thanksgiving?

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    narya says:

    I’ll contribute whenever you do it! Also, if you can incorporate a subscription model, where a higher price means no ads, I would HAPPILY do that.

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    Haroldo says:

    I am very much in favor of the rebuild and will contribute whenever the fundraiser starts. I’ve spruiked for this in the past – I’m happy to see it taking flight.

    As to when, I like Barbara’s idea (Comment #4):

    Maybe the Sunday evening after Thanksgiving?

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    Yarrow says:

    @Barbara: @Haroldo: People travel after Thanksgiving and Sundays are often slow posting days here. I think a lot of people could miss that day.

    I think the fundraiser should be over several days so more people have a chance to see it.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    Sent an email.
    I have no preference on when to hold the fundraiser. As a thought, you might put the figure out there now, see how much we get, then bang the drum for the rest with a fundraiser, perhaps in early January.

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    Haroldo says:


    I was envisioning that as a start date – I was taking it for granted that the fundraiser would extend over at least a week or so, with copious reminders posted by our tireless front pagers.

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    Immanentize says:

    Fundraiser: December 1 through December 6 (St. Nicholas Day!)

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    Barbara says:

    @Yarrow: I was thinking of that as a first day, and my assumption is that by Sunday night people would be desperate to log back in and see what they missed.

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    JPL says:

    @Yarrow: The morning after indictments seems like an ideal time.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    I hope I can send you a check as in the past. Already asked for two calendars.

    I have old ones propped up all around my office, commemorating dear departed pets. These are the nicest quality calendars around.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    And I’m agnostic about timing the fundraiser. I hope we can get sticky nyms!

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    Spanky says:

    Is it too late to send pics for the calendar?

    Fundraiser should last a week, I’d think. Might enlist Doug! To drop daily reminders. Get it started before folks’ holiday credit card bills hit.

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    Spanky says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    I hope we can get sticky nyms!

    A lot of people will be chipping in big bucks for those sticky nyms!

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    Middlelee says:

    Glad to hear about the site rebuild. Can we get some sort of fundraising arrow or whatever so we can see the target and the progress?
    I emailed calendar request.

  18. 18
    cain says:

    [insert wishy washy comment about wanting a calendar, but not sure] /trolling JohnGCole

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    dr. luba says:

    Fundraising can start whenever……but can you pin a post to the top of the page? And keep it there until the fundraising goals are met?

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    Raven says:

    I’ve always assumed the calendar was a fundraiser. As much as I love all the varmits here mine calendars get looked at one and put up. I’ll do whatever.

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    scav says:

    @Raven: Technically true, but the place isn’t actually run by rescue gerbils and cute fuzzy hairballs in little wheels.

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    raven says:

    @scav: Like I said, I’m in for whatever.

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    rikyrah says:

    Sent my email.

    Fundraiser? I dunno. I agree with those that believe it should be a multi-day thing with a sticky post that people will continue to see at the top when coming to the site.

  24. 24
    Gravenstone says:

    @Spanky: Make a sticky post, if that’s an option.

  25. 25
    efgoldman says:

    No calendar, I;ll send cash

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    satby says:

    Agree with multiday fundraiser, pinned to the top, with some sort of goal thermometer so we can track progress. Gives everyone, even occasional lurkers, a chance to see it and contribute.

  27. 27

    I’m in for the fundraiser whenever you decide to hold it. I also predict you will put it up and take it down within 3 hours after reaching your goal and then some.

    Any other predictions? LOL

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    Spanky says:

    And just to make it explicitly clear*, the calendar IS a fundraiser, but that’s for an animal rescue org. The fundraiser you (Cole) are talking about is to move Balloon Juice into the 21st century, amirite?

    (* – That’ll never happen.)

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    Sloane Ranger says:

    Happy to shell out some cash, preferably ASAP before Christmas. Agree with the idea we have a sticky or a thermometer so we can track progress towards the goal.

    Advice on how I, as a foreigner, can get my quids to you will be gratefully received.

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    Duane says:

    If it can wait do it after the holidays. Many people have other spending priorities that time of year.

  31. 31
    efgoldman says:

    Post maling address?
    Not pay pal

  32. 32
    Aleta says:

    Fri the 23rd – Wed. 28th (end on the blog day for gratitude).
    Post election mood still going + before we’re overwhelmed by black Fri-cyber Monday deals.
    And could you put the fun back into fundraiser. Barking dogs answering the phones.

  33. 33
    efgoldman says:

    Killed the blog0

  34. 34
    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    John, is it too late to contribute pictures for next year’s calendar?

  35. 35

    When should we hold the fundraiser?

    Just put one of those thermometer thingies in the upper right corner of the blog and mention it every time people complain. It’ll get filled up quickly enough.

  36. 36
    dexwood says:

    In whenever it happens. Timing of the fundraiser doesn’t matter to me, but I appreciate the concerns expressed by others.

  37. 37


    I’ve always assumed the calendar was a fundraiser.

    The calendar is a fundraiser for MARC, John’s favorite animal cause. He’s just generally passed the hat when it’s time for site upgrades.

  38. 38
    henqiguai says:

    Fund raiser – I’m in! But make it over a few days; some of us don’t really get here every day or in a timely manner.

  39. 39
    Raven says:

    @Roger Moore: Yea, I remember now, thanks.

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    efgoldman says:


    some of us don’t really get here every day or in a timely manner.


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    MazeDancer says:

    Nothing will get people to send in their calendar pics faster than speaking of shutting it down. (Why, yes, did just send mine…)

    Though I understand how it may be way too much work for way too little pay-out.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Immanentize: Yay for the fundraiser! I was gonna say Dec 1 through Dec 15.

    That should cover the folks who get paid on the first, or the first and the 15th, and should cover the folks who get paid once a week. Plus it gives a bit of a heads up for those of us who need to fit stuff like this into our budgets.

    It also gives us a week or two to catch our (financial) breath after many of us donated more than we could afford to the election.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Middlelee: Love the idea of the fundraising thermometer!

  44. 44
    WaterGirl says:

    Never mind. Someone already answered the question.

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    ruemara says:

    Ugh. It’s just bad timing for me. The holidays are here and it eats up spare cash. I want to kick in to every fundraiser and I’m dropping my pennies into the bucket for recount battles. These harvest holidays seem to harvest out of my wallet.

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    scav says:

    Could also maybe just set up a standing pot for general blog maintenence that people could contribute to when convenient for them, with the expectation that excess monies say, once a year, get rolled over into pet-donations. When major rebuilds are required, send out a specific appeal and raise the limit of accumulation temporarily.

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    MazeDancer says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    I hope we can get sticky nyms!

    Ain’t too proud to admit ignorant cluelessness as to what are “sticky nyms”. But so dislike people not searching e-z search stuff, went to the Google.

    The 8th result, and the first one that actually had “sticky nyms” in it was your post.

    Balloon Juice got some fast Google bot action.

    But still clueless about what are sticky nyms. Might I inquire?

  48. 48
    efgoldman says:


    Might I inquire?


  49. 49
    Pogonip says:

    @Spanky: what is a sticky nym?

    I always thought Balloon Juice turned a profit. Cole probably wishes I was right.

  50. 50
    chris says:

    @scav: there’s a permanent PayPal link in the top right corner.

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    Spanky says:

    @efgoldman: Crank.

    @Pogonip: It used to be, in this joint, that a feller could leave his name and email in the boxes when he was-a commentin’, and they’d stay STUCK! Nowadays they disappear no matter what ya does. Daggnabbit!~

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    WaterGirl says:

    @MazeDancer: My nym is WaterGirl. A sticky nym refers to a nym that the website remembered — so after you entered it once, your info stayed in the name, email and website fields and you never had to enter it again. (unless you cleared all your cookies or did something similar)

    Right now, our nyms don’t “stick”; you have to re-enter them much of the time.

  53. 53
    Amir Khalid says:

    Re sticky nyms:
    Once upon a time, you could fill in the Name and Email (and Website, if you had one) fields the very first time you commented, and FYWP would remember these details forever. But now, in these sad days of decline, our nyms no longer stick: FYWP forgets this information after about half an hour, so you must reenter it manually.

  54. 54
    MazeDancer says:

    Dear All – except what’s his name at #48 – many thanks for excellent explanations.

    I can auto-fill now. But I clear all my cookies, everyday, when browser closes except for a few. Guess if we get sticky nyms I could “white list” BJ, too.

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    Domestic short hair tabby (fka vheidi) says:

    @MazeDancer: me too, hope it’s ok

  57. 57

    @ruemara: Totally understandable. I think there will be plenty of funds for the rebuild – but if you use the Amazon link here to buy anything from amazon, that money gets put into the “running the blog” kitty, if that helps you any. And I think recount funds are just as important!

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    Manyakitty says:

    Just grabbed a bunch of pics off my phone. Sending them now!

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    scav says:

    @chris: A) don’t use paypal and B) have never heard the specifics of how the money in that fund gets used. But that is certainly one way of contributing.

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    Watership says:

    My two cents … start the fundraiser before T-giving and run it through the end of the year. Do the new build right.

    If I gave now and the fundraiser was still open that week after Christmas, I’d probably throw in another $20. Not much, but I bet I’m not the only one that would give twice if he/she had the opportunity to space it out. Don’t crunch yourself by budgeting the new site on what you can raise in three days. And don’t start the big build (work on design and layout now to EOY) until after the 1st. Election season is going to run till after T-giving it seems, ffs.

    As for the Calendar, buck up young soldier. :) It’s a nice EOY moment for jackals. This year, I promise ( I said this last year) to send in pics of my pack (4 strong) to anchor a month.

    If the fundraiser gets out of hand, and you have way more money than you care to be a faithful steward of, you can always call it and thank everyone before the holiday.

  61. 61
    Raven says:

    @MazeDancer: They want this to work.

    Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

  62. 62
    low-tech cyclist says:

    Fundraiser kickoff: how about December 1?

    Why wait that long: because runoffs. We don’t want to compete with candidates in runoffs (Mike Espy 11/27, possibly Stacey Abrams 12/4) for Juicer fundraising dollars. At least, I hope we don’t.

    Once it’s too late for political contributions to make a difference in 2018 races, start the fundraiser.

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    henqiguai says:


    some of us don’t really get here every day or in a timely manner.

    Because I’m usually 2 to 4 days behind and only occasionally jump ahead to ‘current’ topics on weekends. And I’ve been cutting back; got too many, and growing, technical and non-fiction books waiting to be read, and a slowly growing presently literally chest-high stack (and I’m topping 6′ 1″) of sci fi/urban fantasy/horror to be read. And I do a 10+ hour workday.

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    Aleta says:

    @Aleta: Yikes– Thgvng is the 21st? Who am I to opine about calendars.

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    Aleta says:

    @Aleta: er, the 22nd.

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