Here’s an accounting for what it cost me to cover the DNC. All costs are in Canadian dollars, taxes included.
- Confederation Bridge Toll (twice!): $78
- Gasoline: $30
- Air Canada, Moncton to Boston: $531
- Subway and taxi in Boston: $20
- Country Inn and Suites, Moncton: $100
- Sheraton Braintree, Boston: $580
- Internet Access
- Sheraton Braintree: $18
- Logan Airport: $10
- Meals: $50
Total cost comes out to $1417, or roughly $29/hour for my time on the ground in Boston.
Balanced against this is the income from the trip:
- Generous grant from a donor: $500
- Fee for reprint of blog in National Post: $100
Total real cash income was $600, which makes the real cost of the trip $817.
If I were concerned with things like this, which I am not, you could also count the exposure in the media as a sort of income. For example, the 250 agate lines of weblog reprint in the National Post is worth $3820 if seen as an advertisement.
Several reporters asked me why I would do something like this. CBC Radio reporter Pat Martel asked me, Gordon Sinclair style, “was it worth the money you spent?”
Having had some time to think about this, my best answer to the “why” is “because I’m an inveterate collector of experiences.” In lieu of formal education, I’ve choosen instead to learn about the world by playing around in various parts of it. I didn’t go to Boston, really, out of civic duty, out of interest in the political process, or even because of a passion for weblogging. I went because I knew it would be interesting, because I would learn something, because it would be an experience unlike any other.
And it was.
Thanks to those that helped, financially and logistically, to those that provided commentary to my posts, and pointed me in the right direction. And thanks to Catherine and Oliver for putting up with my eccentricities.