One of the quirks of being me is that I don’t like asking for help. Growing up I also seem to have absorbed the notion that “real work” involves making things, doing things with your hands, fixing things, etc. Writing was never a job that I saw modeled as a for-real job. But it turns out that writing is a lot of work, especially if you try to do it well. And while I already have a full-time job (I’m a high school teacher), I have a lot of people under my care, so I have to maintain multiple jobs.
Writing is fast becoming my main second job, and the more I invest in it, the harder it becomes to have a third or fourth part-time job (I’ve had up to four at once). Most importantly, the more I write, the more I’m finding that people are being helped by hearing someone else processing these thoughts “out loud” for their benefit. I get a lot of emails in a typical month and I very much enjoy interacting with readers. But I need help from my friends to enable me to keep writing and doing what I do. That’s where Patreon comes in.
A friend who knows I don’t like asking for help sent me a note and asked me to share it. It means an awful lot to me that friends and readers value what I do so much that they would even contribute financially to help keep this work going, as well as asking other to do the same. So I told her I’d pass it along:
Neil didn’t start Godless in Dixie to help me. He might not have even known there were people like me. I live in the North, not in the Deep South. I am not at risk of losing my job because I am not religious.
My family still loves me. I have not lost friends, to my knowledge. And yet, coming to terms with my non-belief was hard. Being silent about it ached, but being open felt risky.
One day I read his blog, and I read about Neil. I read his letters to his daughters. I read more. I bookmarked the page. I thought. And thought. And investigated other places. And grew inside.
Gradually I found I was no longer fearful. I was myself, and I was happy. This blog was part of my transition.
I want to help him back. I am proud to be one of his Patreon supporters. It feels good to have a way to help. Has he helped you? I asked him to let me ask you if you want to help him back too, so here I am :-)
And there you have it. I know this blog means something to people so I shouldn’t be so skittish about asking for help. I’ll try to work on that.
In the meantime, please consider helping me do what I do by sponsoring me through Patreon. You can give as little as a dollar a month if you like, but every bit helps. If you’re interested in becoming a patron, you can click on the image below and see what I’m up to, and see how to help.But maybe you don’t want to give anything on a regular basis. Perhaps you’re only looking to give a one-time gift as a thank you. I promise it will be put to good use, and I don’t mean buying a Gulfstream jet.
Thanks for reading and for encouraging me the way you do. It makes the time I spend writing and responding so very worth it.
Incidentally, if you’re interested in what I’m up to in the next couple of months, here’s a quick breakdown:
- This week is the big American Atheist Convention in Memphis, Tennessee (April 2-5). I’ll be presenting a workshop entitled “Southern Atheist Living” along with Liz Hoffmaster of the Memphis Atheists group and Mandisa Thomas of Black Nonbelievers.
- On Sunday, April 12th I will be speaking at the Chattanooga Humanist Assembly on the subject of “Making the South a Safe Place for Secularists.”
- Then on Sunday, April 26th, I’ll be interviewed on the Minnesota Atheists podcast at 9:00am Central time.
- Two more groups are working on getting me out to see them, one in the Atlanta area and another in Nashville, TN.
Stay tuned and I’ll keep you posted as these events develop. Even more reasons to help out. Travel can be expensive, you know it?