Michael Krieger is creating awareness.
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When I quit my job on Wall Street nearly a decade ago, I had no idea how life would unfold. I had walked away from a highly paid position to pursue some unknown future, a simultaneously exciting and terrifying decision. I was a single guy living in NYC back then, with no pressing obligations to anyone other than myself. I'm now married with three kids in Colorado.

I decided to leave financial services upon becoming disgusted by industry practices and the unconscionable public betrayal perpetrated by the U.S. government and Federal Reserve via its massive bailout of the few at the expense of the many. In short, the most powerful players in our society sacrificed the long-term health of the U.S economy and the nation's overall social cohesion to save a corrupt and unethical industry and reward the very people responsible for the calamity in the first place. We don't have a meritocracy, we have a rigged system based on corruption and cronyism where the most dangerous and destructive amongst us consistently fail upward. 

The bailout, including the failure to prosecute bank executives for the extreme fraud of the pre-crisis period and subsequent economic catastrophe, was the most formative event of my life. It forced me to confront the reality of the sort of country and economy I was living in, and what I saw wasn't pretty. Since I could never look at the world the same way again, I couldn't live my life the same way either.  

I've been writing consistently on my website Liberty Blitzkrieg for almost seven years now. When I first started, I did what many people with websites did. I wrote multiple blog posts a day and populated the site with ads, including Google ads. I fell into the trap that many bloggers fall into, chasing clicks and becoming obsessed with traffic. This diluted my content over time, and after a few years I realized I wasn't as proud of my work as I should be. In many cases, I had begun to substitute quantity for quality. I had left Wall Street to pursue something more meaningful, but here I was chasing clicks on the internet. Once again, I knew something had to change. 

In 2017, I started to make some necessary changes. First, I decided to write less often to provide more thoughtful and in depth commentary. Second, I began my transition from earning revenue from click ads to a reader supported model. As a part of that strategy, I launched this Patreon page.

When I launched this page, I had hoped to be at $1,000 per month prior to removing Google ads, but unfortunately that didn't happen. Nevertheless, the time has come to take a giant leap of faith and remove all ads from my site. Ads bring a lot of baggage to content creators, not to mention the fact it feels wrong getting paid from one of the tech giants I so frequently criticize (in this case Google). I think such a model is unhealthy for me personally, as well as for content creators in general. 

As a result, in early 2019 I made the decision to make Liberty Blitzkrieg 100% ad free. There's no longer any revenue coming in for any of my work other than voluntary reader donations. This is the way I think it needs to be going forward, but to make this a successful, sustainable thing I'm going to need your support.

Thank you for your consideration and generosity,
Michael Krieger 

Tiers
Basic Appreciation
$5 or more per month 4 patrons

If you enjoy my work and want to support my new ad-free model, this is the suggested base tier.


(If this is above your budget you can always pledge less).

Personal Touch
$10 or more per month 4 patrons

I receive more messages and emails than I can respond to. 


At this tier I will prioritize your communication and get back to you as soon as possible. 

Private Chat
$100 or more per month 0 patrons

At this tier, you will have access to an hour long private chat once a month via audio or video. 

When I quit my job on Wall Street nearly a decade ago, I had no idea how life would unfold. I had walked away from a highly paid position to pursue some unknown future, a simultaneously exciting and terrifying decision. I was a single guy living in NYC back then, with no pressing obligations to anyone other than myself. I'm now married with three kids in Colorado.

I decided to leave financial services upon becoming disgusted by industry practices and the unconscionable public betrayal perpetrated by the U.S. government and Federal Reserve via its massive bailout of the few at the expense of the many. In short, the most powerful players in our society sacrificed the long-term health of the U.S economy and the nation's overall social cohesion to save a corrupt and unethical industry and reward the very people responsible for the calamity in the first place. We don't have a meritocracy, we have a rigged system based on corruption and cronyism where the most dangerous and destructive amongst us consistently fail upward. 

The bailout, including the failure to prosecute bank executives for the extreme fraud of the pre-crisis period and subsequent economic catastrophe, was the most formative event of my life. It forced me to confront the reality of the sort of country and economy I was living in, and what I saw wasn't pretty. Since I could never look at the world the same way again, I couldn't live my life the same way either.  

I've been writing consistently on my website Liberty Blitzkrieg for almost seven years now. When I first started, I did what many people with websites did. I wrote multiple blog posts a day and populated the site with ads, including Google ads. I fell into the trap that many bloggers fall into, chasing clicks and becoming obsessed with traffic. This diluted my content over time, and after a few years I realized I wasn't as proud of my work as I should be. In many cases, I had begun to substitute quantity for quality. I had left Wall Street to pursue something more meaningful, but here I was chasing clicks on the internet. Once again, I knew something had to change. 

In 2017, I started to make some necessary changes. First, I decided to write less often to provide more thoughtful and in depth commentary. Second, I began my transition from earning revenue from click ads to a reader supported model. As a part of that strategy, I launched this Patreon page.

When I launched this page, I had hoped to be at $1,000 per month prior to removing Google ads, but unfortunately that didn't happen. Nevertheless, the time has come to take a giant leap of faith and remove all ads from my site. Ads bring a lot of baggage to content creators, not to mention the fact it feels wrong getting paid from one of the tech giants I so frequently criticize (in this case Google). I think such a model is unhealthy for me personally, as well as for content creators in general. 

As a result, in early 2019 I made the decision to make Liberty Blitzkrieg 100% ad free. There's no longer any revenue coming in for any of my work other than voluntary reader donations. This is the way I think it needs to be going forward, but to make this a successful, sustainable thing I'm going to need your support.

Thank you for your consideration and generosity,
Michael Krieger 

Recent posts by Michael Krieger

Tiers
Basic Appreciation
$5 or more per month 4 patrons

If you enjoy my work and want to support my new ad-free model, this is the suggested base tier.


(If this is above your budget you can always pledge less).

Personal Touch
$10 or more per month 4 patrons

I receive more messages and emails than I can respond to. 


At this tier I will prioritize your communication and get back to you as soon as possible. 

Private Chat
$100 or more per month 0 patrons

At this tier, you will have access to an hour long private chat once a month via audio or video.