Monday, August 16, 2010

Some support, please.

Image description: Common reverse of small size $1 Silver Certificates(Series of 1928-1934) and $1 United States Notes (Series of 1928). From Wikipedia.

Writing here to an interested, engaged, and varied audience is a privilege. Not in the sense that I usually talk about - conferred upon by society, unwarranted. But in the sense that it’s an honor to talk to and with so many interesting, varied, vocal people. You take my thoughts seriously, and that’s something I take seriously.

But it’s also a sacrifice. I do not work full-time right now, nor do I work full-time during the school year, when more regular paid hours are available. I am in a lower-paying, more-flexible field in large part because I want the time to work and write and blog.

Last year, I had to quit blogging when I went back to work. The stress of writing for and managing a blog got to be too much. I’ve taken steps not to do that again. Thanks to Faye, I’m able to step away when I need to. I’ve limited my participation on social-networking sites. But money is necessary, and I will have to take some time away from blogging to work.

I want to find time in my schedule to write here while still paying my bills on time. So I’m coming to you today to ask you to help support my work in ways monetary and otherwise.

The best way to ensure that I continue writing her regularly is to click this PayPal donation button, which will be on every post I publish this week:

Help me out, donate a bit

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This is not the only way to support me, but it is the most powerful. Women's work is often expected gratis, and I think my work here is worth financial support, worth my time. The bank account support I get will most decisively determine how often I’ll be posting in the coming months. Posting here takes away from the time I spend on work that supports me and my partner and our two kitties. And right now is a time of need for me because I am not working even half-time - August is a gap month for me when there’s not a lot of paid work out there. If I know my readers are willing to help me out, I can more generously budget for time spent on this blog.

Besides paying me, this also goes directly to the upkeep of this blog. I pay Faye to mod and write, and I plan on paying future guest contributors. It helps me start other blogs I'm thinking about, and will help me upgrade the look of my page when necessary. I also try to contribute to other writers when they ask for it and support other causes.

If you value the content of this blog, and if and only if you are in a place where you can drop $2, $5, $10, $15, whatever you can spare without endangering your comfort, safety, or security, I would really appreciate it and it would really help me continue to write here regularly.

But of course, not everyone can. And if you can't, or don't want to, show your support with dollar bills, there are other ways to help me out:
  • Become a fan on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter or Tumblr, or subscribe on Google Reader: These help me demonstrate my readership and following to potential publishers so I can get paid to write elsewhere.
  • Engage in the comment section and help other readers get a different point of view from my limited perspective.
  • Tell your socially minded friends about Deeply Problematic - post it on Facebook, RT my links on Twitter, reblog me on Tumblr, share it on Google Reader, mark it with StumbleUpon or Delicious. More readers beget more readers, and more readers mean it’s more likely that I find paid writing work or get tips here.
And if you don’t do any of these things, for whatever reason? I still appreciate your taking the time to read this, and still value your readership. I’m not just here to get paid, I’m not just here to start a writing career. I’m writing publicly to reach people, and I’m writing for the public so I can be read. And that’s what you’re doing, and that’s really all I need from you.


  1. Have you considered putting some ads up on your site for revenue? AdSense, AdBrite, and other services will pay for ads on the basis of pageviews, and if you have a decent number of views you could possibly make some money. There's always sponsored posting too, although I disliked resorting to that.

  2. Hey nobody! I did do AdSense for a while last year, and I will likely do it again when I redesign my site. At this point, I don't think it's worth the trouble - I made less than $20 last year over a period of several months, and I was constantly having to report triggering or otherwise shitty ads.

    I hadn't heard of AdBrite - thanks for the suggestion!


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