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This is a list of everyone who has given of their hard earned money to help Writing About Writing grow and develop* (and it's cute and cuddly writer buy himself lunch once in a while) in 2012.
Keen Peeps (Up to $10Donation)
Swell Peeps ($10.01-$25 Donation)
Cool Peeps ($25.01-$50 Donation)
Hunky Dory Peeps ($50.01-$75)
Fantabulous Peeps ($75.01-$100)
"Hella" Keen Peeps ($100.01-$150)
*AND I HAVE GOOD NEWS ABOUT THAT: for the first time since I started writing, I have been able to cut back on some of my "real job" hours because of your generous support. That's more time I can give to higher quality articles, fiction, and some badly needed editorial efforts. It's only one class of teaching less, but it adds about seven to eight hours of writing to my schedule each week. And that should make a difference. (In practical terms, because I can take Monday nights off, I should be able to start back up the "guest blog" posts--even with The Contrarian doing his best to derail all the plans.) It's all because of each of you.
I also have something of a confession to make. After I wrote "Changing the Creepy Guy Narrative," my e-mail (and Facebook and G+ and cell phone) pretty much exploded. That was the time when the majority small donations came in, going from a trickle to a pretty generous flood. I did my very best to dig back through all those Paypal emails and give credit to everyone who sent me a donation, but I may have missed a few. If you gave some money, and I have forgotten you, first of all please accept my abject apologies, please just send me an email (email@example.com) and let me know which list your name belongs on.
It's not as much as it maybe looks like all in one place. Most of the donations are at the smaller end of a given category, and this was spread out over a year for nearly six hours a day of work. I assure you all that even when we add in the revenue from the ads, I'm still making less than about 10% of minimum wage, so before you imagine that I'm lighting cigars with $500 dollar bills, put it into context. However, it is still amazing to get paid for doing something you love, and if I could pick every one of you up and yell "Don't give up! It'll work eventually if you just keep going!" I would do so.
Due to the larger number of small donations, I have had to adjust my tiers of donation responses just a little bit. It's not that I get very many donations, but I just refuse to do some canned response to everyone. There is only one of me and so many wonderful people, and I figure the most appreciative thing I can do with a small donation is to keep doing what I'm doing that earned that donation in the first place. If I were to try to get back to everyone, I would end up writing two to three days fewer each month. It also never takes money to get my attention. If you have a question or just want to know what's going on, drop me an e-mail.
I would also like to induct Kelly (who you can find above in the Hunky Dory Peeps) into the league of patron muses. She figured out how to make Paypal do a regular monthly subscription (I don't even know how to do that!), and has set it up to send us a very non-trivial amount each month. She has played no small part in both my ability to cut down a shift and give it to writing as well as hitting the remote milestone that basically ensures that I'm going to keep trying to make a go of this "writing thing." She is awesome, with a side of awesome, drenched in awesome sauce, with a glass of liquid awesome, and creme brulawesome for dessert.