As folks may recall, last year “amptoons.com,” the domain that hosts “Alas, a Blog,” was sold to someone whose business is “optimizing search” results on google. (His clients are mostly porn sites. Details about the sale are here.)
The sale required “Alas” to remain on the “amptoons” server for at least a year. Although that initial year has passed, I’ve decided to keep “Alas” where it is. Staying on “amptoons” means the owner of “amptoons” will pay me $500 every three months. These payments will be donated to charity. (I’ve exchanged emails with my co-bloggers about this plan, and we’ve all agreed to it.)
I know it’ll disappoint some folks that we’re not leaving the amptoons.com domain. I’m not looking to rehash those arguments. I am posting about this decision publicly because I think the worse mistake I made, when I sold “amptoons,” was initially keeping the sale a secret.
I have recently received the first two payments in a $1000 lump (the next payment is due in March). The $1000 has been donated as follows: $333.33 each to Women For Women International, the American Domestic Violence Crisis Line, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Women for Women currently is advertising a matching gift program, so the $333 donated translates to $666 for them, in theory. They seem to do a lot of good work empowering women at a grassroots level, including (to relate it to current news) victims of rape in the Congo.
The American Domestic Violence Crisis Line is a non-profit that former “Alas” poster “Bean” works for; they aid American women living abroad who are victims of abuse. Many worthy organizations help victims of domestic violence, but ADVCL is especially appropriate because of Bean’s history with “Alas.”
And I assume that the Southern Poverty Law Center, one of the leading anti-racist organizations in the US, is familiar to most “Alas” readers.
All of these organizations do crucial work, and I hope “Alas” readers who can afford it will consider donating to them as well.
(Update, April 27 2008: The next $1000 payment got to me late. It will be donated to charity in May or June, after I’ve had time to figure out which charities to donate to.)