How does the old saying go “out of the ashes rises the Phoenix” or something like that? Well that maybe stretching things just a little bit but The Bern Report has decided to become active again. It wasn’t one person’s decision, instead, after bringing up the idea on social media and getting a fantastic response and then talking it out, we knew that we had to do it. Plus it’s a brand new year and we are working with a clean slate! Sleep be damned!
Why we took a break:
After the soul-crushing result of the Democratic primary and the subsequent endorsement of Clinton, we just didn’t really feel like keeping the site active. Not gonna go deep into that because it is water under the bridge at this point. Of course we’d put in close to a year of work and had built up a readership of millions of views per month and were among the top 20K most popular websites in the country, so that decision wasn’t easy but ultimately was the right one. Some of us also needed to regroup and focus on personal and business issues for a while but I’d be lying if I said this hasn’t been grinding on me for quite a while. Now seems like a great time to get going on it again.
Of course we don’t have to tell you what has happened in this country since we were consistently creating content. Among any number of other things, we have battled Muslim bans, Net Neutrality, and fraudulent Tax Bills that seek to further widen the wealth gap and throw millions of people off of healthcare. We watch as more and more of our cities and towns are full of our brothers and sisters that can no longer afford to keep a roof over their heads. Almost everywhere we look there is work that needs to be done.
How can The Bern Report have at least some impact? It’s a question we asked ourselves and decided that there is space on the internet for a website that is interested in providing well researched articles and level headed op-ed pieces from progressives that want to see a better life for people all over this planet. One thing we’ll be staying away from is the “Russia Did It” narrative. There’s plenty of that all over the place and we certainly don’t need to talk about it here. We’ll also be avoiding talking about Trump every time he tweets something ridiculous, there’s also plenty of that low-hanging fruit littering the internet.
In the coming days and weeks we’ll be adding more writers to our team, so if you or someone you know is interested in taking this journey with us, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us a little bit about yourself.
Many of our longtime readers and social media followers know that The Bern Report was 100% self-funded, not taking a penny in advertising money, not generating revenue in any way at all and we did that on purpose. At the time there were several other Bernie news sites in existence that were loaded with ads or selling unauthorized merch, any way to make a buck. We wanted to stand out from the crowd and make it about Bernie’s campaign and so we did. The truth of the matter though, is that we’ll need to raise a little bit of money to do what we want to with this website. We have some volunteer writers and we’ll have some writers that we’d like to help out financially. As well as a few bucks here and there to help pay for a co-editor. In addition to that, although we are set for now with web hosting, when we start putting out content on a frequent basis, we’ll need to move to a dedicated server to handle the traffic. It’s not terribly expensive but certainly vital to keeping the site online during the times of heavy traffic. So might be doing short term fundraisers at times to help as well. When our monthly traffic was in the millions we turned down many lucrative offers for advertising and our goal is to do it that way again. If you would like to support us on Patreon, please click HERE.
Finally, we REALLY want you involved. If there is a progressive candidate that is local to your area, we want to know about them. Is there an environmental issue in your home town that not enough people are talking about? Tell us about it. We’d love to hear your suggestions about what you want to see more of on this website. Email suggestions to: email@example.com
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Thank you for the amazing support and let’s work as hard as we can to make this planet the best place we can, for as many people as we can.