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You can pay to hate-read Podcasting Had a Good run.
Locals.com. You have a number of support options there, the most available of which are monthly stipends of $20 and $50. (No, not five bucks.)
Companies and individuals may pay to sponsor the site’s RSS feed, which allows readers competent enough to actually subscribe to that feed to read Had a Good Run articles for free.
Months in which no sponsors step up to the plate do not carry full-text RSS feeds.
Companies large or small are invited to sponsor Podcasting Had a Good Run.
This indeed does amount to asking corporations to fund their critic. But that’s consistent with the basic theme of this project – that podcasting is expanding and collapsing simultaneously. Your firm may benefit from podcasting, but you can embrace critiques at the same time.
In any event, all sponsorship agreements will carry freedom clauses that explicitly state that the sponsor may be the subject or target of articles and coverage at Podcasting Had a Good run, and that sponsors may not attempt to influence said coverage or punish me for it. Again, an ethical operation will have no objection to paying for honesty.
I positively will not agree, even tacitly, not to cover or critique my competitors. There will be no gentlemen’s agreement, as with television and newspapers, not to report on the competition.
Better yet, my competitors will be invited to become sponsors. Further, none of this means we’ll be on particularly bad terms. I’ll eat you for breakfast then take you to lunch.