Josh Marshall has joined the ranks of those able to generate sizable revenue from his blog, although in this case for an interesting cause:

I never thought I’d say this, but: No More Contributions!

Okay, let me explain.

I’ve been cobbling together this site on pennies for just shy of three years. And contributions for the general support of TPM are as needed as ever. So please keep contributing. But yesterday I announced that TPM would be covering the New Hampshire primary on location for the ten days leading up to the vote, and that the trip would be funded by reader contributions ear-marked just for this purpose.

My plan was that today I’d put up a funding target amount and perhaps one of those thermometers that they use at fundraisers to track the progress toward that goal. But things went a little more quickly than I’d anticipated.

In fact, the response has been literally overwhelming.

The original post went up at 3:08 PM yesterday afternoon. And as of 2:49 PM today we had already raised $4864.00.

That is, certainly, more than is necessary.

As blog traffic increases, I suspect more people will be able to manage this. But it will still be a very tiny fraction indeed of all bloggers.

(Hat tip: Matthew Yglesias)

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  1. Paul says:

    Why not pass the hat and we can send you to the Republican Nation Convention. 😉

  2. James Joyner says:

    Oh, that’d be exciting.

    But, alas, I’m not a freelance journalist so must actually show up for the regular job.