On Bil's post The End of the LGBT Blogosphere As We Know It?, in which he muses on the viability of the queer blogsphere. He notes Mike Rogers' cessation of BlogActive and Pam Spaulding's comments about considering closing shop. He also frankly discusses his concerns about the financial viability of continuing Bilerico, but also his discomfort of asking people to donate to the blog without paying contributors.
Many commenters, including contributors, said they'd be fine with a donate button and not getting paid. But Bil said:
"We have the Huff Po style thing going. Putting up a donate button that would only go to me, Jerame and Alex doesn't seem right to me when there's so many other folks out there writing fantastic content for us. We already get the measly advertising dollars."
In response, Projector Yasmin Nair said
...To those contributors who insist that they'd be fine with a donate button for the site, not the writers: perhaps there's a difference here between those of us who write for a living and those for whom writing is something done on the side. Regardless, it's incumbent upon all writers to remember that writing should be paid labour...I do hope we won't, in all our talk of support, forget that writing is labour....
I don't think there are any easy answers here, in terms of sustaining genuinely alternative queer content on this blog, but forgetting that writing is work that should be paid first is not the way to go about it. Comparisons between TBP and NPR or MSNBC etc. are not effective because those are in fact giant corporations - and their sometimes unionised staff, including writers, would never work without pay, and should not.
So what say you, Projectors? Is it a good idea to put a "donate" button on Bilerico? Should writers be paid first? What will keep the lights on at Bilerico and other queer blogs?