Iron Blog is in its third week, now, and I'm very happy to see people on the Left and Right coming together and discussing the issues. Seeing you going to each others' blogs and talking on 'enemy ground' is even more heartening. I think we're really starting to attain what I hoped Iron Blog could - a dialogue in a country that isn't talking enough.
To make Iron Blog run smoothly, I have been putting in at least 5 hours a day, answering emails, co-ordinating scoring with Judges, running the battles, scouting new Challengers and potential advertisers, and so on. It's not as easy as it looks, but it's worth it if we can continue to make progress as we have, and I thank you for that.
Here's the situation - I'm in a rough spot, but Mrs. Chairman and I are not in the habit of asking for charity. What I've decided to do is to offer a win-win situation: donations to this site will get you a free blogad for 1 week for your blog, or the blog of your choice. Any donation of $5 or more will get this free ad, any donation of $20 or more will get 2 weeks (as $20 is our 1 week rate). Anything insanely generous will get you our eternal gratitude and first born child. Lots of people read this site, and many of them go on to check out the sites we list, so this is a good way to get your own slice of the blogosphere some readers. We can help each other.
I hate even bringing this up, but I appreciate all of you who are kind enough to consider it, and do not begrudge those who choose not to. You don't know me from Adam. If you like what this site offers, and you want to see it continue, I ask for your support. No, I won't pull the plug if no one chips in, but I can't dedicate the amount of time I currently do in the situation I'm in. It isn't a truly bad or severe situation - even $5 will help.
Again, sorry for the shameless plea, and we appreciate your time and patronage.