Hosting fees, time, coffee, food and shelter shouldn't detract the ardent blogger from his craft. I like to think that good blogs like TUG are impervious to the financial demands of the real world.
For better or worse nobody cares what I think. I guess that's why Tom had to do it, he just couln't hack it in my imaginary world. That and the swag, he probably gets lots of swag from those guys.