I follow The Chive from my iPhone mostly as their busy website loads about as fast as Betty White running from a bear. Doesn’t mean I love it any less, thoughsometimes their iPhone app just spins and spins, which is annoying as hell. That besides I’m still a loyal Chiver as they call it and I would never leave. This post isn’t about what I think The Chive has done wrong it’s about what it has done RIGHT.

Check out this post right here.

I’m going to re-post here the letter Kenny sent in to John at The Chive about this situation.

I’m a loyal Chiver contacting you for help. We are one of the last all-volunteer rescue squads in the state of Virginia. We run Thanksgiving and Christmas, give up time with our families, and We are running out of options. I wonder if there is someone in this country who can step up and help their own, as we do every day. I know this is not what the Chive is about, but as I said, we’re out of options and, for some reason, I believe you all have big hearts. Thanks for at least reading this.

John responded to all the Chivers with this:

There’s a hundred other big-time charities we could champion but that wouldn’t really be Chivish at all, would it? In many ways, saving a random awesome group in a random county in the backwoods of Virginia is exactly what theCHIVE would do. And it’s exactly what we should do.

Which I think speaks out loud for what type of people really spend their time on the Chive. Yes it’s a web-site loaded with ‘lower back problem‘ girls and ‘Chivettes of the week’ and ‘Sexy Chivers‘ as well as many other sexually oriented half-naked ladies. Yes it is a web-site littered with randomly awesome images of whatever. But it’s a community that comes together when one of their own is in need. Hell, when a volunteer group they know nothing about is in need. Kenny reached out on a whim and for more than he ever thought in return.

Read the conclusion, or should I say the outcome so far, here.

My conclusion however is that I still love The Chive and will be donating, and so should all of you. I only ask that The Chive seriously fix their iPhone app. And for god sakes make your iPhone app display gifs.

love,

John Horsley