It was inevitable, I suppose. We've been poring over the year-end financials for this website, and the end result is that increased expenses have us operating slightly cash-flow negative. At this rate, sort of like Jose Offerman's managerial career, it doesn't look like we're going to make it to March. We have no choice, then, but to downsize the SoSG staff.
Put another way, one of the seven Sons is going to get iced.
But rather than pick numbers out of a hat or play Russian roulette, we decided to make sport of it; why not take the humiliation public, and get our readers involved in the downsizing?
Here's the rules, then:
1. The campaign period starts today. Each Son can campaign on his behalf through publishing posts why he deserves to be spared. The campaign period will run roughly one week, until Monday, January 25, 2010.
2. Readers can get involved campaigning for or against a Son. Any reader can email us with a quick post about why a certain Son deserves to stay on staff, or why a certain Son has to go. Either way, we'll take a look at the post, and if it's fit to print, we'll run it. Some of you readers may not know as much about all the Sons, so feel free to use this and this as reference material.
3. On Monday, January 25, 2010, we'll run a poll and keep it up for 24 hours. Reader vote will determine which Son has his flame extinguished. And then, there will be six.
I know this is a really emotional time for us all, and I just ask that you all be sensitive here. It's not personal. Well, except for toward one of us.