I don’t know if you noticed or not, but a week or so ago I added a “support” page to these humble thoughts. The idea came from a few places, including my yearning to get a little something out of this site I’ve put so much time into over the years, my staggering debt, and a handful of cyber-beggars, some of whom are raking in money to cover debts a fraction the size of mine.
I’m not looking for a handout. Well, I am, but I intend to provide something in return, thus transforming your alms into payment received. It’s certainly not a formal contract (such obligation can squash creative freedom), but I’ll do my best. Here’s the deal: I’m going to keep drafting these thoughts as long as I deem them valuable (and considering I’ve kept at it for four years, there must be gold in them thoughts), meanwhile the tip jar has been placed on the counter. If you feel so led, donate. If not, don’t. There’s no obligation on either side of the Internet.
My goal is simply to pay down some of my debt. Attending a private college, marrying a fellow loan-happy student, and diving into bottom-of-the-salary pile careers leaves the finances a bit tight. Now I don’t mean this as a sob story. There’s food on the table and presents under the Christmas tree. But an upsettingly large portion of our monthly budget goes to places like Wells Fargo and Citibank, places that really don’t need my money. I’d rather be putting that money into a fund designed to buy a roof for my family.
So that’s the story. I’m not begging and there are no subscriber fees. But tips are appreciated.