Making the Ask

I don’t like to talk about money, but I will today. I think it’s very important that you guys know how hard I’m working to make this web site succeed. But for me to keep writing, I have to have donations to support myself. In Portland, everything is expensive… but at the same time, I don’t want to devalue my work, either. It’s important for me to have some validation that this could, eventually, turn into a career. I don’t think that my writing is necessarily good enough yet, but I use my web site as a training ground to workshop all my ideas. I see which ones stick and which ones don’t. I learn more about form, phrasing, and timing every single day. My readers are such an integral part of this blog that in some ways, I want you to own it. Putting your hard-earned dollars into my PayPal account is not only a way to clap me on the back. It’s to feel like it’s not just my web site. It’s ours.

The comments you’ve left have been so insightful and amazing that I want all of you to keep going. Keep with me, and let it start to feel like home. I encourage you to say whatever you want, whenever you want, even if it’s negative towards me or the writing itself. I’m a big girl. I can take it.

This blog is my blood, and I pour everything into it, because it is a teaching tool. You teach me every day, and trust me, I’m learning. So even if you just want to drop a dime in the box, know that that dime means more to me than rubies. Because I don’t need rubies to tell me that you’re reading. A dime says, “I’m thinking of you, and I appreciate you” all in one.

You are my miracle, the people that show up because you think my writing is worth reading.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your dime.

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