As we transition from 2019 to 2020, there are a few "housekeeping" posts to take care of, including something that I'm a little sorry to have to bring up.
Writing About Writing could really use your help to rise to the challenge of the new year. Can you spare $5, $3, or even just $1 a month?
We are an entirely donation and patron funded endeavor. We will never put any content (other than a couple of behind-the-scenes "newsletters" as rewards for patrons) behind a paywall or even run ads if we can possibly help it. Even upcoming major works of fiction that have Kindle and physical releases will always be available here in serial format. I firmly believe art should be for the world and not just the people who can pay for it.
However, that leaves us entirely dependent on the generosity of our readers. I have to keep the lights on and the rent paid like anyone else. As with most donation-based media, the tiniest handful of folks (less than .1%) are funding the experience the other 99.9% get to enjoy. I know it's a tough time right now for most folks. The holidays cleaned us out and taxes are right around the corner. However, if you like my work and want it to keep seeing it (and more OF it), please take a moment and see if you can't spare a couple of dollars. While I dream of everyone who gets hours worth of entertainment each month dropping the price of a soda, even a fraction of that would mean that our ability to keep bringing you content is secure.
There are two ways to help.
I prefer if you become a Patron through Patreon. Even a small donation goes a long way, and with Patreon, I can budget and plan for the future. Plus, it doesn't take much to get in on some of the most active and robust reward tiers––I have set one of my best rewards (a monthly newsletter) to the $3 tier because that small donor profile is super important.
Or if an ongoing donation is not in your cards, of course you can always make the one-time kind through Paypal. Or Venmo (at email@example.com)
My nannying side gig is about to take a pretty substantial hit in hours. I wanted it, so that I have more time to write, but it means I will be making a LOT less side income. I'd rather cover that shortfall with writing instead of side gigs that take me away from writing, so even a little donation helps. While I love by "big ticket" donors to the moon and back, and of course love to see patrons signing up at higher levels, if one of them has to cancel their contribution, for whatever reason, it amounts to a significant loss of income for me. A rich "ecosystem" of smaller donors helps absorb the impact when bigger donors can no longer give so generously, and is not so harmed by the fact that circumstances and fortunes change all the time and sometimes folks have to cancel their contributions.
Remember, too, that your donation doesn't just support Writing About Writing. It supports all the writing I do. There are some personal and political thoughts along with media reviews over at NOT Writing About Writing, and I often use my personal Facebook page for bite-sized thoughts and proto-versions of things I'm thinking about (which all are welcome to follow [or friend if you check out the rules first]). And there's "the show" on the Writing About Writing Facebook Page––where I share memes, humor, articles about everything writing, and puns all day. And anything else I write for other venues will end up here as well. Always free as well as (I hope) ad free but it takes 25 hours a week just to keep it all going (and 40+ if I really want to do it right), so I sure could use your help.
Lastly, these posts will never do particularly well organically, and it is the nature of social media that I cannot reach everyone who wants to see my content. If you don't have the financial means to support us financially, but still want to help (or would like to help doubly), please engage with this post on the social medium where you found it. (Shares and GIF comments are particularly good for the algorithm.)
Thank you all so much,
Thursday, January 2, 2020
A Bump in the Road
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