I consider writing on this blog to be a hobby, but I do put hours of work every day into it. In a way, it’s become my second job. I research articles whenever I get a chance, write on the train to and from work, and my time at home is dominated by writing. I place ads on the site, and I make about $1-$3 a month off of them. You read that right. Ads just aren’t that profitable on the web anymore, and I’m not the only one who’s noticed. Newspapers and popular technology blogs have had to tailor their news to what gets the most clicks, rather than what the public needs to hear. They limit their hard hitting journalism as to not offend their largest advertisers, and spend more time writing articles about “10 ways you could be killing your pets,” “5 reasons to eat avocado for every meal,” or other such Buzzfeed-style lists. People don’t think journalists should be doing their work for fun, they don’t think journalists should need to survive off of ramen, whiskey, and cigarettes, but what’s the alternative? You could disable your ad blocker, but then you’re open to intrusive ads, possibly in the way of the content you came to the site to read, and you have to deal with the privacy-violating tracking many of those ads employ. Sure, some large papers offer reasonable subscriptions, but you probably don’t limit your news to one site. Due to bias in reporting the same story, you may have to read the same story from multiple publications to get a clear idea of what’s happening in the world. So, while a simple $5/month subscription to the New York Times may be fair, when you add in subscriptions to the Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, NY Post, Chicago Tribune, and others, you’re suddenly left with spending over $30/month for news, and it’s not even going to all the small sites you read, like NPR, BBC News, Engadget, The Verge, and Leaf&Core, so the issue remains: how do you support journalism without going bankrupt?
That’s where the Brave browser comes in.