Hooray! We did it … or, earned the right to do it. The Classical reached its $50,000 Kickstarter goal this weekend. I know, it kind of snuck up on us, too. If you were waiting till the last minute to pledge, we could still use the cash. More importantly, though, this means it is time for our crew to get on the ball and begin in earnest. This isn’t the end, it’s the beginning. This is a major accomplishment—we’re proud of ourselves, and you all, and suggest you feel the same—but now comes the part we’re actually good at it.
Also, expect this place to return to actually writing about stuff, instead of fundraising, sometime in the near future. War is over!
The Classical and You
The Classical is $8,140 away from its goal. If you’ve donated, we thank you with all our hearts. If you’ve made a principled stance not to—maybe you would prefer to “support” writers with a different model, or believe freelancers can write two things at the same time—then we appreciate your honesty.
If you’re either waiting, or on the fence, this Tumbl is for you. We want The Classical to happen, and we hope you do, too. We’re not asking you to prop up our hobby, or rejecting those time-honored internet precepts of hard work and tireless sacrifice. We just need a hand getting started. If in a year, The Classical can’t support itself, it dies as dead as if it never existed in the first place.
The Classical isn’t just for us, it’s for all of you—the writers interested in contributing, the readers who feel there’s something missing from sports journalism that has yet to be fulfilled. This money allows us, and you, to build the kind of site we know can work without looking over our shoulder from Day 1. It’s a luxury, sure, and may run counter to all libertarian ideals. But we prefer to see it as trust. Trust in what we’ve done, and will do. Or, if you want, good old-fashioned fear. If we don’t raise this money, The Classical doesn’t happen.
It’s an old NPR refrain, but it’s that simple. The Classical won’t exist without you. And if The Classical doesn’t exist, it tells us that it all we need to know. If that’s the case, we’ll take our answer off the air.