Most people who read Bleeding Heartland have probably never heard of Soapblox. It’s an "inexpensive, community-building content management platform developed by Paul Preston and currently used by over 100 progressive blogs," including several of my favorites: Open Left, Swing State Project, Progressive Blue, and La Vida Locavore.
Bleeding Heartland is among the two dozen state community blogs for Democrats that use Soapblox.
This week hackers got into Soapblox and wreaked havoc with some of the servers, forcing several blogs off-line. Although Bleeding Heartland was not directly affected by that attack, this blog could cease to function and lose all its archives if Soapblox security is not improved.
Preston has always charged low monthly fees to make the platform accessible for progressive bloggers, allowing many new community blogs to get going in the past few years.
BlogPAC has also helped by providing grants to state community blogs, including Bleeding Heartland, to cover Soapblox expenses.
From time to time I get an e-mail or a comment posted here offering to donate to Bleeding Heartland. I appreciate the offers, but we are doing fine. (We wouldn’t say no to more advertising, which can be purchased through the Liberal Blogad network.)
If you appreciate this and other community blogs, the number one thing you can do to keep them going is to help BlogPAC save Soapblox.
Chris Bowers gives some background in this diary and explains what Soapblox needs “to become safe and secure once again.”
He has set up a special ActBlue page to raise money for Soapblox. They need $17,400 to complete the security measures.
On a related note, BlogPAC has done wonderful work supporting progressive change. For that reason, I have donated my share of the Bleeding Heartland advertising revenues to BlogPAC since I started writing here nearly two years ago.
In addition to raising money for Soapblox, BlogPAC is helping Tom Geoghegan for Congress in Illinois’s fifth district (the seat vacated by Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel). You can read more about Geoghegan here. If you can spare a few extra bucks in this tough economy, please consider throwing them his way.