Passing The Hat

Jason Kottke quit his day job over a year ago in order to blog full time.
His large and loyal following, helped him achieve this via 1450 micropayments totalling $39,900 (collected in the first three weeks of the drive). Of course, he’s thankful, but he won’t be asking for more of the same.

I’m not going to be asking for contributions again. I haven’t grown traffic enough or developed a sufficient cult of personality to make the subscription model a sustainable one for…those things just aren’t interesting to me.

I’m glad he revealed his figures, because I had a similar thought last Friday night while seeing Yonder Mountain String Band play in Charlotte. My thought was this: a head-to-head contest between me and Alex Bogusky, called “Beat Bogusky To Boulder.”
I’m not ready to pull the trigger on it, just yet. But it’s a fun idea, so I thought I’d share it with you.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. Carl LaFong says:

    If you beat Bogusky with a boulder, then I’ll gladly contribute. (Oh listen, I kid because I love. . . )

  2. Now there’s an idea!

  3. How was the YMSB show? I still haven’t seen them live yet, but their latest live disc (Mountain Tracks #4) is pretty good…

  4. Justin,
    The Yonder show kicked ass. Thanks for asking. Have you scoped Yonder’s Live Downloads page yet? Some great stuff on there, as well.