Dear BMGers: You are most cordially invited to our official, extra-special Blue Mass. Group 10th anniversary Propaganda Propulsion Pizza Party! It’s Friday January 23rd, starting at 6:30 pm, at Bertucci’s on Route 16 in Medford. Why there? David dropped his business card in a bowl and won a pizza party, so there you go. Pizza and wings are on them; cash bar for drinks.
We’re hoping that this event will serve two functions. First, it’s good for everyone, including the BMG community, to step out from behind the keyboards now and then and meet up in person. Those of you whom we’ve already met, we’d love to see again; those of you we’ve not yet encountered in person, what better time?
Second, we’re trying to raise some much-needed funds to maintain and upgrade the site, and we hope you’ll support our efforts.
Why a fundraiser after all this time? Well, the maintenance and minor improvements we’ve had over the last few years have been bankrolled — barely — by the slender stream of advertising revenue from the site. And when extra expenses have popped up, your editors have dipped into their own personal funds, even depriving their loved ones of life’s necessities in so doing. Not only have we not been making money from the site, we’ve been losing it – for years.
Now, we’ve made some changes, and we’d like to do more. You may agree that after all this time, the site could use a few improvements. We’ve finally moved to a new server. We need a new developer to take on some projects: A mobile-friendly version (i.e., “responsive”, in WordPress jargon) would be nice; more social-networking possibilities; maybe even an events calendar. As you can imagine, this is the kind of thing where you can spend as much money as you’ve got. Once we get a budget we can see what’s possible.
In addition, there will be a silent auction — donations of wicked classy things are most kindly accepted! Our donations are:
1. a voice lesson with Charley
2. lunch and constitutional banter with David — ask for his hilarious Stephen Breyer impression
3. a singed and signed copy of “Napalm” from Bob
Donate something valuable, or better yet, bid!
Do let us know if you plan to go, and give a percentage chance you’ll make it. Here’s a rough, easy translation of your words into percentages:
“I’m coming! Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor dead of night shall keep me from it!” = 75%
“I can make it. See you there” = 50%
“I think I can make it” = 10%
“I’ll try to make it” = 3%
And if you can’t make it, consider this BMG pledge time. Why not subscribe and do some small part to keep our little pamphlet mill cranking away? Subscribing also gets you a spiffy gold badge by your user name, and cuts down on the advertising you’ll see on the site. Alternatively, you can toss a few bucks our way using the PayPal button below:
So COME ON DOWN to Bertucci’s in Medford on 1/23. It would be great to see all or any of you in the flesh!