One deep, soaking overnight rain and in a few days everything is bright and green. That’s how the Sudden Spring is settling into Minnesota so early in April. It means a lot to everyone, but here in Barataria it’s nearly time to celebrate five years of perspective, ideas, and discussion. Time to do something different and fun!
Please forgive this for being a bit self-indulgent. It is a blog, after all.
We can all learn many things from the Brazilian Way, but top among them is that a really good party takes time to plan. Before we spend the years 2014-16 hearing about them constantly in their big coming out parties they’re taking the time to do it up right. I think it’s about time Barataria connects to the world in different ways, too.
Inspired at least in part by Punk Economics, I will start assembling a few short videos that summarize some new perspectives on our changing world. A few ideas stand out right away, but like everything good in Barataria it will take some help from all of you to make it shine.
First of all, there will be some expense. If you’ve never donated before I’d very much appreciate any small contribution you can make through PayPal. Barataria has been coming to you every MWF since 11 April 2007 without a break – a total of 156 times a year. Adding to this the time this takes in order to craft a few videos takes me away from making a living, along with a few incidental expenses. If you like what you see here I’d appreciate a dime a post, or $15 for the year as a suggested level. If you’d like to help out with more or less, by all means I appreciate it all!
Many of you weigh in with comments that add tremendously to the value of Barataria. But many more are more shy about it. We’re getting upwards of 50k pageviews per month, meaning we never hear from most of you! Last August a series of questions garnered about 125 responses, which was very helpful. I’d like to ask some of the same questions again today. If you could take a moment to answer it will help guide some of the videos that I’ll be putting together as a project with my kids.
Thank you all again and again for being part of this wonderful community, and don’t forget that you can always talk to me “on the side” as erikhare at gmail dot com. And if you want to say more than the survey has to offer, weigh in below with your comments – we’re a friendly crowd, right?