When I saw the post from Chris Elliott today my first reaction was that someone must’ve hacked his accounts. Surely he cannot be out begging for his readers to donate cash so that he can continue his work, right? Seems I was wrong and he actually is.
In a post titled, "You’re going to want to see this," Elliott lays out why his services are so valuable to the traveling public (sortof) and why he’s asking for money. It turns out he’s actually the most important part of your travel experience. Or something like that. Among the bits in the post:
Consumer advocacy sites like this one are not self-sustaining. Without your help, they will end.
You know the saying, “Without a travel agent, you’re on your own.” It’s true for consumer advocates, too.
Can you really afford that?
People say, “Follow your passion, and the money will come.” But they’ve never published a consumer advocacy site.
Let’s just say advertisers don’t love my site. There are a lot of people who really want me to stop publishing. Why? Because I’m the only thing standing between them having their way with their customers.
He’s aiming to raise $10,000 in February and is almost half-way there. I mean, I get that writing a blog takes a lot of time and energy. But the outright "please give me money because you need me" thing is weird. And the egomaniacal bit about how everyone needs him is just awful.
Then again, I guess he isn’t shilling credit cards.
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