[Sagemerlin's latest post is an update on his findings regarding Salon Media Group and the unliklihood of either Salon or OS going belly up anytime soon. It should put an end to the Chicken Little gabbling (including my post here) but it also keeps alive the thinking about whether or how to start an alternative site for serious writers here who wish to keep the community together. Check his post out: http://open.salon.com/blog/sagemerlin/2012/06/25/on_second_thought_lets_not_buy_os_-_and_why]
Dear Kerry: You might have noticed in recent days a flurry of new posts all reflecting a general theme of reaction to speculation the financial floundering of Open Salon's mother ship might result in catastrophe, leaving its frightened scriveners stranded in outer Internet space.
Many of these posts are part of an Open Call wherein we tell each other what OS means to us and how we would manage to keep on keeping on should a worst case scenario come to pass. It has occurred to some of us that some of you in Salon Media management just might be casting about for a new fuel source to keep your enterprise on course to a destination no Internet exploration has gone before. Might we suggest how and where that fuel source can be obtained?
It's really very simple, or could be with the right outlook. Say, for example, you identify some venture capitalists with a righteous streak along with their business savvy. Say you can show them an Open Salon teeming with assets. Talented assets – wordsmiths. Writers, many of them, and some of them very very good at what they do. All working for the sheer love of their craft. For free. What if you could show these righteous-yet-savvy potential investors these hundreds of very good writers love what they do so much, and love doing it here on Open Salon for free so much, they would be willing to pay $20 a year for the privilege of writing here on Open Salon for free, attracting readers and new members?
And what if you pitched this to some righteous-yet-savvy venture capitalists and they smiled as you pitched, and when you were finished they grew serious and leaned forward in their high-finance chairs and looked you straight in the eye and said, “Yeah, OK, cool. Show us some of the work these very very talented writers have done for you lately.”
And then you would turn on the overhead projector and begin clicking open the links, and you would show them the first eight rounds of Kerry Award winners, promising them there would be more to come, many more to come, so long as Open Salon stayed in business.
And here are they are, the eight rounds of Open Salon Kerry Award winners:
Round One: Please note that these winners were picked by the highly competitive Open Salon membership. Highly competitive, but we are righteous, too!
Round Two: You might point out there were naysayers when the Kerry Awards were first announced, scoffers who said, "Nyaaah, the cliques will pick their own. It won't be faaaair. Nyaaaah." They were wrong.
Round Three: Getting some momentum here. Nominations are coming in from all over. Cliques? What cliques. We ain't got no steeenkin' cliques!
Round Four: My fingers are getting tired here. You are catching the drift, no?
Round Five: You've got some great examples here. This is talent! Free talent! And it's all yours!
Round Six: We love what we're doing. We're poor humble bloggers and poets and fiction writers and political pundits and comic writers. We have it all. Here! Free!
Round Seven: Free!!
Round Eight: All yours!!
Round Nine coming soon...
Sincerely, Your OS Humble Scriveners