Passing the Hat for January

Passing the Hat for January December 31, 2019



Hey folks, I am trying to put out at least one more post in the hours before the new year and I’m re-sharing the best of the old year over on Twitter as well. In the meanwhile, this is just the year-end and beginning of January request for tips.

If you’re new here, you should know that blogging at Patheos is my whole living. I get a very small paycheck, usually between one and two hundred dollars per month, from Patheos, based on clicks, and everything else I have to support my family comes from tips from satisfied readers. Think of it as tipping your doordash or Uber driver, or as a magazine subscription where you pay what you think I’m worth and get to keep reading even if you can’t. The button for the tip jar is labeled “donate,” but they’re not actually charitable donations; they’re pay, and I pay taxes on them if I make enough. I try to put out only one of these posts asking for tips per month because I genuinely detest them and would prefer to write posts worth reading, but every so often I have to awkwardly pass the hat– otherwise I can’t keep the lights or my laptop on, and then there will be no more blog posts.

2019 has been a great year for us, all things considered; we have kept ahead of the utilities with way smaller of a past due balance than there used to be, almost every single month. The state of Ohio docked how much EBT we get monthly and I expect them to take it away later in 2020 at this rate– and there is nothing in the world I would like more than to not need that assistance anymore. You’ve kept Michael, Rosie and me fed and housed and Rosie in her beloved taequondo classes for fifty-two weeks. I am beyond grateful and flattered that you value my work enough to keep me alive to write more of it, and I intend to keep doing just that.

Rounding the bend into January, we have the usual expenses every month, plus I’ve run out of a couple of the supplements my internist approved of to experiment with along with everything else to treat my fibromyalgia. Keeping my head fogs and fatigue at bay is a huge part of my being able to write productively, but it is hard to keep every treatment in the house. On top of that, our stove and fridge are dying a slow death, so we’re trying to save up to replace both appliances before they completely break. More immediately, our three annual bus passes which are our only transportation since we have no car expire at midnight. Those will cost ninety dollars in total to replace– plus the dollar it will take for one of us to ride the bus downtown and buy the passes at the bus depot in the first place. We are pretty stuck without the bus.

So, as always, I ask: if you like what you read, give me a tip when you can! Just go to our donate page here, click on the yellow buttonm and Paypal will walk you through the rest.  If you can’t tip, keep reading and sharing and keep us in your prayers!

And now back to posts worth writing, and have a wonderful new year!

(image via Pixabay) 

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