Chad Perrin: SOB

24 October 2006

Support liberty for fun and profit!

Filed under: Liberty,Metalog — apotheon @ 03:10

I hope to be able to launch a new liberty-oriented news analysis/commentary and opinion/editorial website by the end of this month — maybe even by the end of this week. Aside from the technical details of getting the site running, I also need a name and a logo for it. Technically, the logo can wait, and it will wait if it has to, but I can’t really publicly launch the site until a day or so after I have a name for it because I need to register a domain name.

I have some half-baked ideas:

  • The Torch: This suggests the torch held aloft by the Statue of Liberty as a logo. I love the imagery, but the name seems somehow lackluster to me.
  • Torch Magazine: I probably won’t use this one. It involves a funny entendre, though, so I wanted to mention it.
  • Torch and Bell: This combines both the “lighting the way, burning down the house” suggestions of the Torch and the “clear ring of liberty, sending a signal far and wide” suggestions of the Liberty Bell. It’s also kind of a lame name, I think, but maybe that’s just me. (edit: Actually, it’s really growing on me.)
  • something lighthouse-ish: This notion comes to mind because of a Thomas Jefferson quote, “Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.” It would provide an easy logo idea (something to do with a simple lighthouse doodle), and provides an excellent opportunity to stick that quote prominently at the top of the homepage. It’s “guiding light of liberty” imagery is appealing. I just don’t have an actual name yet.
  • something foghorn-ish: This is much the same as the lighthouse thing, only stupider.
  • So, to recap, I need ideas for a name, a domain name, and a logo. All three should fit together easily and well. I need it soon. Whatever shall I do?

    I know! I’ll have a contest. All you need to win is have a Google AdSense account and give me the idea I’ll use. In exchange for the winning entry, I’ll give some percentage of advertising time on the website with your AdSense account — the ads will appear no more than 10% of the time, though just how much of the time they appear will depend on how useful your suggestion is. If you give me exactly what I end up using, you’ll get advertising on all article pages and the homepage about 9.8% of the time for . . . the first six months. If I feel like you haven’t been adequately rewarded and it looks like the money is about to start rolling in, I’ll extend it (at my sole discretion) for another six months. If you only offer something that provides inspiration or part of what I end up using, the percentage will be lower. There’s no guarantee that anyone will win, because if I come up with something better than all the suggestions in time to use it, and it’s not inspired by any suggestions, then I get the prize. Hah. Chances are good that someone will win something, though, since all my ideas are half-baked at best. In fact, the Jefferson quote was brought to my attention by someone else entirely (who might end up winning this thing, depending on how this little contest goes).

    I reserve the right to deny the prize to anyone I find to be acting unethically (claiming credit for someone else’s idea, spamming, et cetera), but the chances of that happening are pretty slim (I hope).

    Wanna make some money? Get to thinkin’! Also, you can make money by writing for the thing and, if you’re someone I know and trust, you might even be able to make some money by editing others’ writings. Beyond just trying to come up with a name, start thinking about stuff you might want to write, and let me know if you’re interested in helping out.

    It’ll be fun. I swear. Profitable, too.

    More information will be forthcoming.


  1. Money for writing? Is this some sort of scam?;)

    I’m interested, though realistically there’s no guarantee I’ll be able to kick my butt/become inspired to do it on a regular basis. Plus I’m an editor’s worst nightmare.

    Comment by Mina — 24 October 2006 @ 04:12

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  3. money for editing? what kind of editing?

    Comment by sosiouxme — 24 October 2006 @ 07:20

  4. sosiouxme: Copy editing, basically. Specifically, if you were an editor, you might end up editing an article submitted by Mina (two comments up from you). The money you get will depend on the number of click-throughs on advertisements that appear on the pages where articles you have written or edited appear. In other words, the more traffic your article (whether it’s “yours” as a writer or “yours” as an editor) brings to the site, the more money you’ll make.

    Initially, the money is likely to be somewhat slow, but as the site becomes more popular that should pick up — and an article you write in 2006 might conceivably still be making a few dollars here and there in 2010.

    One of the first things I’ll have ready for public consumption will be writing guidelines.

    Comment by apotheon — 24 October 2006 @ 09:00

  5. I long, long time ago (before blogs) I had a similar idea, I wanted to call it “Thirty Tyrants” in “honor” of the oligarchy that currently controls the United States.


    Comment by Justin James — 24 October 2006 @ 10:07

  6. ‘The Torch’ just makes me think of the Human Torch. :-P (And no, I don’t have any suggestions.)

    Comment by h3st — 25 October 2006 @ 08:25

  7. How about “Lighthouse Liberty” or “Liberty Lighthouse”?

    Comment by Alex — 25 October 2006 @ 10:00

  8. The name seems a little clumsy, and might actually limit the audience — I want something that will have broader appeal. Besides, I’m afraid someone else already suggested it to me offline. Keep trying, though, Alex — I need all the suggestions I can get.

    Comment by apotheon — 25 October 2006 @ 11:16

  9. bell hammer liberty soapbox liberty alarm bell and bull

    i would copyedit…

    Comment by sosiouxme — 26 October 2006 @ 03:48

  10. bell hammer

    That makes me think of the clapper inside a bell, but The Clapper’s already taken.

    i would copyedit . . .

    Sorry, I don’t think you fit the definition of “know and trust” well enough. Specifically, I don’t know you well enough to know how you edit. Basically, the whole point of getting editors other than me is simply to lighten my workload to keep this thing running. That unfortunately means that I won’t find it very helpful to have to take the time to evaluate copy editors — at least for a while.

    Maybe later.

    Comment by apotheon — 26 October 2006 @ 04:14

  11. not a problem. i imagine the lack of capitals isn’t very reassuring either.

    “the clapper” is too reminiscent of “clap on, clap off” which is why i did not bring it up.

    the statue of liberty is sort of a lighthouse. perhaps some takeoff on “Liberty Enlightening”.

    Comment by sosiouxme — 26 October 2006 @ 04:48

  12. It’s looking increasingly like “The Torch and Bell” might be the final decision after all. I’m not liking any other options any more than that one.

    Comment by apotheon — 26 October 2006 @ 05:46

  13. I like that, “The Torch and Bell”. Kudos to whomever suggested it.

    Comment by Alex — 27 October 2006 @ 09:52

  14. The Torch and Bell it is. I’ve registered the domain name.

    It can still change if someone comes up with something good, but not for very long. I don’t want to lose early readership to a domain name change, so once it starts getting readers it’s pretty much locked in.

    Comment by apotheon — 29 October 2006 @ 03:13

  15. Unrelated, but interesting:

    [prime minister Zurab Nogaideli ] basically said that Georgia was going to become the most free trade-oriented country in the world

    Comment by Mina — 31 October 2006 @ 12:30

  16. Awesome! Thanks for the link. It’ll probably find its way into an article at The Torch and Bell when it launches.

    Comment by apotheon — 31 October 2006 @ 01:49

  17. […] I mentioned a while back that I’m creating a liberty-oriented news analysis/opinion website — one that will actually pay its authors, and hopefully me as well above and beyond the costs. I also mentioned that I was working on it in my copious free time. The work, as you may guess by how long it has been since I first mentioned this, has been going slowly. […]

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