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My campaigning over the years has led me to open up avenues wherever people are. If you want to help fund me, and my writing by extension, I hope you find the most comfortable way to do so via this Donation Hub. My site is free and open to everyone and I am going to keep it that way. But in the interest of making my writing an easier venture for me to participate in most any monetization I can receive for my efforts is welcome. Patreon was my first foray into this. Not only can I easily support other creators that use the service, but it allows me adhere to adage of “If I don’t work, I don’t eat.” Presently being more artist than craftsman, ability to get works done can be prey to my mood and other bits of focus. Bringing any article to bear is next to impossible if everything is not Just So, let alone something I can be proud of. This has led me to a number of impromptu, extended hiatuses. What I do not want is to earn your trust and patronage then be gone for months while automatic payments are taken from you with no return on your investmentt. This is why I happily set up Patreon as a “Per Creation” model, and why I like adding the Tip Jar banner to the ends of my articles. This way you give only when I complete works or when you deem one particularly poignant respectively.
I said above that “most any monetization” was acceptable. One avenue I do not want to walk is that of online advertisements. If you are reading this far, I am going to presume you have an interest in what I have to say, so I will start by being honest. Money flows from ad revenue in the digital sphere and I gave it a shot myself on this very site. I wanted to see what the returns would be, or perhaps how much my creative and moral soul were worth. This happened to precede an impromptu 18-month hiatus. Half a year before my full return I looked in to see how the monetization was running. In this time my site drew about 4,300 visitors, which I was gobsmacked by. I felt that was pretty decent for having added nothing new. The amount of revenue this had garnered me was nine cents. I extrapolated and came up with needing between 45,000 to 50,000 visitors (the figures quote in my Tip Jar banner) to all posts and pages to accrue a dollar from ad revenue. In most cases of online currency generation there is a threshold you must reach before a payout will be issued. Nine cents is not it.
I enjoy writing. Not to be trite, but not only is it cathartic and thereputic, but I thoroughly enjoy the process. Sitting down with my thoughts and chaining them together cohesively enough to relay helps when the topic is one I need to debate. During those times when I just feel the need to rant, having a public corner of my own feels great. During my most recent working drought, the times in which I awoke and did nothing but write all day filled me with joy. If my writing winds up being successful enough to be a career, that is well by me. If the odd donation here or there builds up to afford me a nicety, that won’t be refused.
Each article is work. Sometimes this is hours, days, weeks or more of research. In others this is picking out the experiences of my life which resonate with a topic. Both of these processes take time, aside from what I have invested to get to this point. I write for my own pleasure, but to quote a friend “A closed mouth doesn’t get fed.” And so, I ask you to give whatever you are inclined to. At the very least, your reading is time spent, and I hope you find it well worth the exchange.