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It all started on June 6th when I had decided that I was just sick and tired of reading cryptocurrency news sites that seemed to have an agenda to push advertisements, products, sites and companies.

Something about the whole thing felt scummy to me. You could see different sites all pushing the same things and it was obvious that they were being paid to do so. You could barely find the news amidst the literal shitloads of advertisements appearing all over the websites.

I wanted to create something different so Coin Fire was born.

Here we are just a few short months later and we’ve heard from various people in the industry that we are quickly creating one of the most reliable cryptocurrency news sites and we’ve gathered up a team of kick ass volunteers to help us grow this madness out.

We’ve broken stories such as the 1-800-Flowers acceptance of Bitcoin a full two weeks before anyone else, we’ve received hat-tips from mega sites such as GigaOm for our USMS auction coverage, we broke the news about Alex Jones accepting Bitcoin, we’ve received scoop after scoop because we report the news honestly, we always verify everything before we publish and have become known as a truth worthy source that doesn’t report rumors, speculation or gossip.

I wanted to do something different and it appears that is exactly what we have been doing.

We’ve turned down several offers from larger sites, from larger media companies who’ve put large sums of Bitcoin or fiat dollars in front of us because we want to make sure we maintain our editorial integrity and our editorial independence.

We aren’t taking money for stories. We don’t do payola. We don’t do sponsored stories.

We incur real expenses to keep the site going with the constant flow of traffic, with the threats of constant DDOS from others who have wished to silence us or extort us. Yet, here we are. Still chugging along.

Myself, Brendon and Christina have been working nearly around the clock every single day to bring the news to our readers. We’ve fostered great friendships with people like Piece of Bit, Chain Radio and others.

We’ve remained fiercely independent and we’ve kept doing this despite some of the very direct attacks against us from others and we are going to keep doing exactly what we are doing no matter the outcome of this campaign.

Having said all of that we’ve received emails, comments, Twitter DMs, messages on Bitcoin Talk and other places from people asking if they can help and we always direct everyone to our Bitcoin tipping address or simply tell them that a simple RT on Twitter or a share goes a long way and we still mean that but we wanted to give back to the community that has been helping us grow so rapidly.

Enter this Bitcoin Starter project. We’ve heard a lot about Bitcoin Starter and have wanted to write about the site more extensively and figured what better way than helping our fans and readers give back to us, let us give back to them with some unique rewards and write about the entire thing from beginning to end.

So, here is the deal. Coin Fire is looking to expand our operations even more. To do this we are going to need some capital. We’ve been batting around some new ideas on things we want to try, expand our staff a bit more and do some even cooler stuff.

No matter what we are going to keep doing exactly what we are doing currently. Even if we don’t secure anything here we will keep progressing to the things we want to do… just at a slower pace.

These funds will help us focus our team and allow us to spend even more of our time. If we raise enough we won’t have to keep doing our other full-time stuff and will be able to focus on this site and other projects related to it even more. We think that would kickass and we hope you think so as well.

We’ve assembled some rewards for those who wish to back us. Please note that we are offering some advertisement spots on our site. We are NOT offering payola style articles, paid or sponsored stories. We are only offering advertisement slots. We will NEVER offer sponsored stories, paid stories or anything of that nature. If you are thinking you can win some points with us by donating and that we will write about you… look somewhere else. We don’t do that shit and never will.

So take a look at what we are offering here and if you want to keep supporting Coin Fire then leave us something here. If you can’t afford to do so or just don’t want to that is cool as well. Give us a tweet, Facebook share or something else of the like. Those kick ass as well and help forward what we are doing!

Thanks,
Mike and the Coin Fire Team

 

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I was merely pointing out that the pitch is a bit hypocritical. I don’t care whether a site has ads, just don’t criticize other sites for doing what you yourself aspire to do and then criticize someone for criticizing you for it.

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“I was just sick and tired of reading cryptocurrency news sites that seemed to have an agenda to push advertisements, products, sites and companies.”

Said the blog filled with ads and an “our friends” section, while putting their hand out?

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I’m in. As I told Mike, real journalism smells sweet and makes me hungry for more. Bring it on, baby!