October 11, 2006

Help You, Help Me: The First Blegburst (Bumped)

Update: A huge "thank you" is in order to all my fellow bloggers who linked this post (you know who you are), and to the readers who were kind enough to contribute so generously so far. Thanks to your donations, I am very close to being able to get a replacement PC for this old clunker. I couldn't do this without you, and I'm touched by all your support.

I guess I wasn't paying very close attention, but at some point yesterday I cracked a million visits on ye olde Sitemeter, a good chunk of which came from this post that took me longer to upload than create.

I think this a milestone of some sort, and so I'll do what bloggers often take this once-in-lifetime opportunity to do: bleg. But not just any bleg.

What's a bleg?

According to Samizdata:

Bleg verb. To use one's blog to beg for assistance (usually for information, occasionally for money). One who does so is a 'blegger'. Usually intended as humorous.

Yes, usually intended as humorous, and I think I would be quite tickled, neigh, giddy at the thought of those of you who have visited this humble blog over the past year and eleven months contributing just one small dime for each visit you've made.

Granted, Sally Struthers claims that for one dime a day that you can "give the gift of hope, the gift of life," to some small child in Africa, but does that starving urchin plop down in front of a keyboard several times each day to keep you entertained with wit and insight?

I think not.

Besides, as a social conservative, I'm pretty sure that's pretty much welfare, and how are we going to force them to get off their sickbeds and learn to provide for themselves if we make them reliant on charity? Help them learn self-sufficiency by giving me your money instead.

For unlike rudimentary every day supplies like "food" and "water" that the impoverished can get almost anywhere not devoured by famine and pestilence, I have more technical needs that must be satisfied so that I can to continue to bring you this dreck the high-quality content and occasional tomfoolery you've come to expect here at Confederate Yankee.

Specifically, I need a new computer.

The Dell Dimension L733R that I've held together since 2001 with spit and bailing wire is coming apart (and getting just a bit groady). And yes, I blegged for cash for a replacement almost a year ago, but you know, my drug problem came first, and the blegged cash went to paying that off. Damn doctors.

And so I implore you to use what you've gained from this record-breaking Republican Economy to help me ensure your blog-reading enjoyment. Help fund the equipment I need to continue bringing you both insightful conservative commentary, bias against media bias, and crude, sophomoric PhotoShops.

But wait, there's more!

And I will give something back to the blogging community in kind for your support, a new, powerful and practical concept: blegburst.

How do I know it's new? It's not here.

And itís imminently useful, especially to those of you in the blogging community.

But Bob, How does it work?

I'm so glad you asked.

Put simply, a blegburst is when you beg for money or some other sort of assistance online, and other bloggers link your plea. And the coolest thing is this: as blegbursts are brand page-spanking new, you can participate in the very first one.

Isn't that exciting?

Wow! What do I need to do to participate?

It's actually quite simple. Simply link this post in one of your own blog posts. It really is that simple.

Plus, no smelly, starving kids!

It's a win-win situation for all, and I and my new computer thank you for your support.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 11, 2006 11:05 PM | TrackBack

Congratulations, CY!!! Here's to many more!

Posted by: William Teach at October 10, 2006 07:25 PM


This must have been a helluva moment for you. I still remember clearly when I went over 100k (adjusted) on my own humble blog.

And I just went over 100k (unadjusted) and even that felt good.

And you deserve the traffic and assistance, this has been a fantastic site to follow.

Posted by: David Earney at October 11, 2006 01:12 AM

How big a computer are you looking for? Google tells me a Dimension L733R is a PIII 733.

I have more than a few "extra" computers hanging around. I just got a P4 yesterday that I probably have nothing to do with.

If you want, I can probably find something and you can spend any cash you make to support your drug problem.

Paul from wizbang... you can figure out the email address.

BTW If you're itching for a new flatscreen, Office Depot has very highy reviewed 19" LCD's for ~100 bucks. I'll give you a link if you want.

Posted by: Paul at October 11, 2006 07:31 AM

For the record, and FYI, I believe that while the word "bleg" appears to have been formally codified by Samizdata, the original coiner of the term was The Corner's John Derbyshire on NRO.

Posted by: Charlie at October 11, 2006 10:13 AM

FYI- I got an email from someone who said I should reread my comment here because I was not clear. -- They're probably right.

I was offering to cut to chase and just mail you a computer.

It might not be a state of the art gaming machine, but it will take out a PIII I'm sure. ;-)


Posted by: Paul at October 11, 2006 11:31 AM


It would be greatly appreciated if that is what you would like to do. I sent an email to the same email addy I've used in the past in communicating with you at wizbang... let me know if you got it.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at October 11, 2006 11:39 AM

Does this mean I can beg for a new computer and Paul will give me one, too?

Posted by: SilverBubble at October 11, 2006 08:51 PM

I hope you googlewhacked "blegburst." You deserve the immortality.

Posted by: Bleepless at October 11, 2006 09:38 PM

$100 for a 19" flatscreen? That is a deal.

Posted by: Jack at October 12, 2006 02:32 PM