If you’ll notice, there’s a menu item at the top of the page called “Because You Love Me…” That goes to a donation page. I want to clarify what this is and what this isn’t.
First of all, what it isn’t. It isn’t the start of a subscription service. I will not charge anyone a subscription to read my posts. I’m not a large newspaper entity that allows only a few reads each month before you have to pay for it. Never. It is not a charity request. It isn’t me on the brink of bankruptcy. It isn’t me on a street corner with a sign saying “will entertain you for food.” Not that there is anything wrong with any of that stuff. I just don’t want to do it on this blog.
What it is, though, may be a little more difficult for me to explain without contradicting myself. It is a donation page. In its simplest form, kind of like a “tip.” That’s all it is. I write this blog every day. Every. Single. Day. I have not missed a day since November 1, 2014. That’s almost four years. Let me tell you, that’s a lot of writing and it’s very often hard to come up with stuff to write but I like to think that even though I’m actually quite boring, I can put on enough “makeup” to make it look interesting. I think I do an okay job. I get subscribers and I get likes.
I figure that I have around 40 people that read at least once a week, especially when I am kind of routine in my posts. I know no one reads it every day, at least I don’t think they do. I also figure that maybe this worth a few bucks. I like to tip servers in restaurants for them doing a good job. Perhaps someone would like to tip me?
I have always hated talking about money. When I do business, I hate talking about the pay. It’s important and I need it, but I hate talking about it. I feel kind of bad about posting this or even offering a button that you can actually donate to. I hate it, but I also have to be fair to myself.
Now, know this, Dear Reader, I will post the same content regardless of whether anyone tips me or not. Again, it’s not about that. This is just a way that my readers can donate or tip if they wish. Only if they wish. It really means nothing else. I know I’ve said that several times but I want it to be clear.
I’m actually looking into doing something for Patreon, as well, not just for me but for a couple of my blogs. Again, this blog will be free as long as I do it. But, with Patreon, I’ll find “incentives” to come up with that will make donations worth my readers’ and listeners’ whiles. I don’t know yet what that may be but I’m going to think on it. If you have any ideas, I’d welcome that.
So, once more… no expectation of any payment for this, it’s just there in case you want to. Thank you for the consideration, whether you do or don’t and thank you for reading this blog and listening to my podcasts.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“So I want to make money. I think it’s an OK goal to have. I always felt like I can’t ask for that. But why not?” – Mary Lambert