On donations

In a move that I have been resisting for a very long time, I put up a PayPal donation link on this here blog (and also in the sidebar, under the category “Donate, if you feel like it” [scroll down a bit]). This is mostly because I don’t make a lot of extra money, and figured that there are maybe some people out there who might enjoy my writing so much that they feel strangely compelled to donate?

I wrestle a lot with the whole “entitlement” question, and I definitely do not expect or think that people will or “should” give me money; there is a reason that I’ve been doing the blogging thing explicitly for free for a while now—because I enjoy writing. But on the other hand, I could use any extra money, really (for example: I just got a rather hefty and not-totally-expected hospital bill from an ER visit back in April). And if some people get enough out of my writing/ideas/verbosity to want to donate, that’s great. If not–because they can’t afford it or don’t want to donate–that’s okay, too. So if you want to or can donate, I thank you in advance. If not, I totally understand. And if you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at hamdotblog AT gmail[.]com.

[Cross-posted at Tumblr in a slightly different form.]

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