By Shelton Bumgarner
I have been angry for a very, very, very long time about Donald Trump. And my anger burst forth like an Alien facehugger on January 20th, 2017 when we all awoke from the nightmare of the campaign, only to realize it was real.
It was all so very real.
I’ve spent the time since then writing angry status updates on Facebook — much to the consternation of many of my Facebook friends who are Trump supporters (go figure). I have also written my fair share of tweets on Trump and done many, many Instagram videos.
But the time for rage is over. The time to be clear headed and methodically think of practical ways to combat the on-going, long-term existential threat to the American Republic that is Donald Trump and his bizarro world view is now.
So, like a little drummer boy, I will at least attempt to use what little talents I have in a practical way to combat Trumplandia. Really the only thing I can do is write, take pictures and maybe organize.
I live in a bumfuck flyover state in a backwards looking part of it as well, so it’s difficult for me to do anything that simply channel my rage into something productive like writing a blog.
This site, in my vision of things, would be a successor to the old Gawker. Back 10 years ago when it was snarky and fun and a little bit angry. That’s what I want to do with this site. That’s my dream. I think the name is great — even though some far Left people associated EuroMaidan with fascists for some reason — and it’s the kind of name you could easily come to love.
But my little dream comes with it a lot of problems.
First and foremost, I need additional writers than just me. And virtually no one will write for free. That’s just not going to happen. So, it would just be me writing my ass off for the forseeable future. Could be a lot of fun if I got a lot of traffic really quick, and yet even that comes with it problems.
Bandwidth would be a huge pain in the butt if the site actually became anything akin to a success. I don’t have a dedicated host and to do so each month using the company I have is, I think, something like $50. I’m flat broke, so that is not going to happen unless someone donates the money. And if that happened, I’d like a 3 month committment. If I could get someone, anyone to believe in this site enough to bump up the bandwidth for three months I would throw myself into it.
But I’ve learned that is highly unlikely to happen. So, what is most likely to happen is I will write a lot for a few days and then when the site gets no traction I will give up and go back to what I’ve been doing for the last few weeks — working on my novel.
This happens to me all the time. I get all excited with an idea and then nothing happens. But that’s life. I guess I like new beginnings. I’m a really good organizer with a lot of experience, but I definitely live in the wrong part of the country.
If I lived in New York City, then this would be a lot easier to do. But, alas, I don’t. So, like I said, unless someone, somewhere comes to share my vision for this site it won’t last very long. A few days, max. After the initial excitement, I’ll just write here when the mood strikes me then obsess over my backend Web analytics to see if anyone from New York City has read what I’ve posted.
But even that is growing dull to me. Anyway. I’m going to fight the good fight while the mood strikes me.
Shelton Bumgarner is the editor and publisher of AmeriMaidan. He can be reached at @bumgarls on Twitter or migukin (at) gmail.com. He’s serious about that bandwidth thing. If you share his vision enough to help him bump up the bandwidth to this site he’ll grow quite passionate about the whole thing.