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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Some Housekeeping From The Editors of TW

Separating the wheat from the chaff...

Certainly feels like a busy 2014 so far.

So now with the January concerts at Carnegie Hall and across Canada behind us and the European summer tour of Neil Young & Crazy Horse ahead us, it seems like a good time to do a bit of "housekeeping" around here at TW.

To begin, if you've reached out to us but haven't heard back as of yet, we're not ignoring you. Seriously, we're not. It's just that often during heavy news periods like January with the Alberta Tar Sands and mideast concert controversies, it can be a real challenge to keep up with everything.

On an average day here at TW, we probably receive over 2,000 contact "hits" via email, Facebook, Twitter, blog comments, instant messages, physical mail, etc. While we do try and address much of the direct, personal correspondence, we tend to get behind and sometimes lose track of things. So if you do have something that needs our attention, it's best to email us and feel free to follow up on it.

Speaking of Facebook, some folks have asked about why our posts on Thrashers Wheat Never Sleeps | Facebook don't show up in their feeds. Frankly, we have no clue, but here's a suggestion.

Facebook now requires page administrators to pay to promote status updates to fans who already like our page. So, since we do not pay fees to Facebook, many people are missing our posts and only about 10% (or less) of our fans receive our updates in their news feeds.

That means you are probably not seeing most of our posts on FB! To keep receiving all our posts, hover your mouse on the "Like" button near our name. In the drop-down menu select "Add to interest lists." Then create an interest list (see below).

OK, moving along, some have also asked about any updates on our advertising blackout? You may recall that we have lost our advertising partner last year and TW no longer receives revenue from display ads on the blog. We still do not have any sort of explanation for why this happened, but the loss of revenue has forced us to reconsider how we go about things here at TW.

Basically, the cost model of operating TW is unchanged in that the more traffic the site receives, the more it costs to operate. So without an advertising revenue stream to support the bandwidth costs, we now have even a further disincentive to grow traffic and are exploring ways to curtail traffic load.

One method to reduce traffic is reduce posting frequency from daily to 2 or 3 times a week. Another option might be to eliminate the comment feature. Or archive the radio podcasts elsewhere. Or anything else we can think of.

And of course, you, our dear supportive readers would like nothing more than for things to remain the same in this ever changing world as the Big Shift inexorably moves towards us all. Some have asked "How can we help out TW?" Well, glad you asked because there are lots ways to help us out and the Neil fan community. We always suggest dropping us comments on the blog. Submit content like reviews, photos, videos, and Neil stories. That's really the best advice and doesn't cost you a penny.

Also, LIKE us on Facebook , follow us on Twitter and/or subscribe to our email list.

Like, share, forward, and re-tweet posts to your friends.

Or make purchases on via TW. Just look for the Amazon links on this page and TW will receive a small commission (about $0.48 on a $12.00 CD).

Or if you're feeling particularly generous today you can toss a few coins in the hat.

Only your credit card is necessary to apply directly & securely. No PayPal account setup necessary.

Again, we appreciate everyone's kind words of support. Always and sincerely.

Again, thanks everyone for their contributions. But mostly thanks for all the reviews, photos, links, videos, and comments. And your kind and supportive words, especially. We truly enjoy sharing the Neil love around the world. We've been doing this on & off for 20 years on Rust/HH/RH and 18 years on TW and we'd really like to continue -- readers willing.

So by helping us out, you'll also help out to spread the Neil love around the world. And -- maybe in some small way -- it all helps the Bridge School, Farm Aid, Musicares, First Nations People, and the LincVolt project. Because we all want to light a candle, make a difference, be the rain, and be the change.

Having said this, let’s all prepare for what is to come in what we believe will be a New Year full of positive, lasting change.

be the wheat.
peace and love,
thrasher & thrashette



At 2/12/2014 11:42:00 AM, Anonymous Caltrader said...

my check is in the mail !! Thanks for TW !!!

At 2/12/2014 12:01:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thank you Caltrader and everyone else for your notes, support and love.

Reflecting it right back out to all of our brothers and sisters.


At 2/12/2014 01:22:00 PM, Blogger Tweck9 said...

OMG, don't eliminate the comment feature!! That's half the fun here at Thrasher's Wheat - even with the occasional bickering fest and all-out-blowouts that have gone on - I've met a LOT of really cool people via the comments on this site.


I'll send in a donation on Friday, if that'll keep things going around here. You do a great job, Thrash! Keep up the good work.

At 2/12/2014 02:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Thrasher & Thrasherette!!!! A little paypal love heading your way.

Just a little fyi on paying for facebook promotion ... not sure this is the same but thought it interesting nonetheless.

Be the Snow! (Yeah, I am from a big ski family and ski with that in my heart:)


At 2/12/2014 02:32:00 PM, Blogger Dan1 said...

Is there an address you can provide and who should we make a check or money order out to?
Thanks for all the great work you do Thrasher and Thrashette!!!

At 2/12/2014 05:59:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@Matthew - you're right. what would do without comments? :)

@TomCrac - Yes, FB promotion never struck as being particularly effective.
And thanks for all the support!

@Dan - email us @

At 2/12/2014 08:49:00 PM, Blogger Fort Mac said...

The socialist left wing dope smoking cult is once again soliciting funds !
Ha , what a surprise , all done in anonymity .

Oh Canada our home and not your land !
Mind your own affairs Southern Man !

At 2/13/2014 09:19:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

Connelly - go stick your head in the Tar Sand

At 2/17/2014 07:19:00 PM, Blogger Fort Mac said...

Hey Sony , whoever you are , my name is John Connelly , what is yours , and what do you hide behind ?
I realize it is difficult for most Americans to see outside their bubble of " what's best for the world "
The oil we procure from the oil sands is sold to your Americana need for it , we do not ship it to China !
Open your tired eyes to the real world .
Canada is an independent country .
We will not tolerate foreign interference in our affairs , particularly from rock stars and cults that do not vote in our country !
May I suggest you soon learn Cantonese , and teach it to your children , they will soon need it to be accountable to who really owns the great power USA EH!
You may find it difficult to defend draconian need for guns when faced with Communist China .
Good Luck , and welcome to the Free World ... Eh!


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