It’s been quite a few weeks around here, hasn’t it?
My post on Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre’s controversial, ill-advised speech in the Legislature, for which she eventually (kind of) apologized, went viral. It was the second-most popular post this year, surpassed only by the Saskatchewan budget breakdown in March. It’s humbling and terrifying to watch something you put into the universe shape the dialogue of government, however briefly, but I think that maybe the backlash quelled what could have been a dangerous, racist change to our kids’ curriculum.
The next piece on just how many, or how few, businesspeople are funding the race to become Saskatchewan’s next Premier wasn’t quite as popular as the Eyre piece, but it did go pretty crazy as well. Tonight the Leader Post, which has all kinds of lawyers that I do not, has published what I would consider a followup to what I wrote, but uses names, and I’m so glad they did. We should be concerned, my friends, about how normalized the rampant purchase of influence has become in Saskatchewan.
Tens of thousands of you have visited this month, and that is just amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading. I feel like a broken record, but a lot of work goes into those posts and every set of eyes makes every keystroke worthwhile.
When it comes to monetizing this blog, I’ve had all kinds of advice, but the most consistent is to regularly publish a reminder of the ways you can throw some love my way. Doing this still makes me cringe inside – I don’t like even talking about money, never mind asking for it – but your response is always overwhelming and I cannot really put into words how amazing that is and how grateful I feel for all of you. Legit, you rock.
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Like I said last time I did this, I’m self-employed, with job flexibility which allows me to dedicate the time to this blog it requires. I’m not getting rich off this, trust me, but that’s cool. But, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: a day spent writing a post is a day I didn’t earn anything to support my kids. Other non-traditional media sites actively fundraise, so I guess I’m going to do the same.
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Have a great weekend friends. Tam xo