Question for the readers

I can’t seem to make words work right now.  So instead of putting up something shitty, here are some of my better pieces.

Also, if I were to set up a tip jar where people could make a recurring donation each month, how many of you would?  How much would you be willing to donate every month?  I’m not going to discuss why I’d do this, but I’d like to get a feel for how much money such a thing would bring in.  Sorry to be so vague.

And thanks for understanding that right now writing anything worth a shit is tough.  I’ve been working on the book really hard this week and will put a couple excerpts up throughout the day.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • invivoMark

    I’d give a buck oh five (for freedom).

    • B-Lar

      oooooo buck-o-five…

  • Kaoru Negisa

    I don’t know if I could give consistantly, but I would contribute a few bucks when I could.

  • B-Lar

    I never donate, because if I donated to all the things I thought deserved it my GF would literally shit the bed.

    I was more generous to the world when I was single. Maybe thats a cop out. If a tip jar appeared here I might change my attitude, because this is where the shit is really at.

    • Jasper of Maine (I feel safe and welcome at FTB)

      Just don’t eat a burrito for the cause, and you should be all set!

      • invivoMark

        Or you can give up fries and coke for the cause….

        • B-Lar

          Hell no. I do my inaction honestly.

  • IslandBrewer

    If it were an automatic monthly donation, and I knew of no other reason to donate than because I like reading words here, I’d likely donate a few 1<X<5 a month. As an evil communist who believes in "to each as to their needs", I might donate more for the alleviation of dire straights (not the Mark Knopfler band).

    If you told me you were secretly a Nigerian prince who needed to smuggle his wealth out of the country, I'd of course give you my bank account information. Wait, I think I'm NOT supposed to do that. Lemme think.

  • Danny

    Were I not in the position of soliciting donations for survival (yay, class problems!) I’d through you at least $5 a month. Partly because you’re an awesome writer and an awesome person. Partly because I feel like we’d be awesome friends. And I’m creepy that way.

  • Jasper of Maine (I feel safe and welcome at FTB)

    I probably would

  • vel

    JT you could ask your christian friend to do a guest post, and perhaps answer some of the questions he left hanging a while back in the one post about how he supports being anti-gay since it’s in the bible. And I have used tip jars before on sites, especially if I like a particular post. I haven’t done many recuring payments to many blogs, but I have done at least one, for $10 a month, if I recall correctly, but the blog in question is really worth it in my opinion.

  • Paul

    Tree fiddy

  • N

    I would be in for $2-3 a month, and you would be joining a very exclusive club of bloggers I support (Greta Christina is looking pretty lonely over there).

  • matt

    $5 maybe…maybe not

  • Amyc

    I would do a couple bucks a month (I’m a student, can’t really afford to donate much more). No need to explain why you need it; I’ve been reading your blog for free for a couple years now, so I can pay you back for all those hours of awesomeness.

  • John Horstman

    I’m in, and I could do at least $5 a month, though I find recurring donations harder to track than yearly lump sums.

  • Rory

    I’m too lazy and uncoordinated to make a regular donation, but I would be willing to do a lump sum.

  • neXus

    I’d be happy to give $5 a month to the JT Hugz & cookies fund. :D

  • Slow Learner

    Count me in for occasional donations; my budget is erratic, but I’m not averse to sharing the goods when I have ‘em.

  • sarahm

    $5 seems like something I could handle. It wouldn’t come close to covering the value I feel that I get from this blog, but, yeah, money-stuff…

  • Kate Donovan

    I wouldn’t be able to commit to a scheduled donation, but I’d always make larger, occasional donations.

  • McNihil

    Hey JT!

    Very nice post!

    Other than the 3 words above, my comment isn’t actually about this post and I apologize for that. Didn’t you used to have your contact information in the “about the author” box? Where the hell did that go? I’d have preferred to send you this personally instead of spamming your blog post.

    Anyway, the reason I am commenting is that it’s been bugging me that Leah Libresco isn’t forthcoming with her answers to your questions. Not sure how many here remember her conversion and the subsequent waves it made. I remember it and I care for there to be closure in the form of her answering your questions. Well, I have decided to hop over to her blog and ask her directly and some people – including her – have started replying to my comment so naturally, I thought I should let you know about it.

    Here is the direct link to my comment.

    I know you’ve had a tough time lately with regards to your mental illness so I hope me taking this initiative doesn’t upset you for some reason. In fact, I hope that you might appreciate it. If you don’t, then I aplogize. It’s just that this kind of thing – i.e. non-religious people becoming religious, especially when they are somewhat well known in the community – is both interesting and important to me so I’m eager to get to the bottom of it.

    Cheers and keep up the great work!

  • keelychaisson

    I already donate to Greta, and I would probably do the same here–a few dollars a month. I’m a poor grad student and probably shouldn’t, but I figure if I can indulge in eating out or buying a fancy coffee now and then, I can indulge in supporting people who are doing awesome, important work.

  • jaranath

    5 or 10 a month. Much more for acute needs (medical bills, car wrecks, etc).

    And please don’t hold back from publicizing the tip jar, here and elsewhere (that is, get other bloggers to talk about it).

  • Azkyroth, Former Growing Toaster Oven

    I’m pretty certain I’d be able to spare $5 pretty reliably. Not positive though.

  • xandrasings

    $5-10 I think.

  • phil zombi

    Unfortunately, I am not really in a position to contribute but I am working to improve the situation. When my wallet is not so lean I would absolutely pitch in to support you. And the general consensus seems to be that others would as well. Don’t let the bastard (your brain) grind you down. The internets would be poorer without your wit and insight.