Looking Ahead to February

Looking Ahead to February January 23, 2020

Hi guys, I’ll be on with a post worth reading as soon as possible. This is just my absolute least favorite part of blogging: your regular quick reminder that Steel Magnificat, and my family, run on tips.

I get a small paycheck for clicks in the United States every month from Patheos, sometimes as high as a three-digit number. The rest of my living right now comes from gratuities from satisfied readers. The button on my page says “donate,” but they’re not charitable donations; they’re just tips. Think of it as tipping your Uber driver, or a magazine subscription where you pay what you think I’m worth and get to keep reading even if you can’t afford to pay.

I usually try to keep these boring reminder posts to once a month, but I need to post this one a little early because January has been difficult. Early in the year when we’re all recovering fron Christmas and waiting for the tax return tends to be the lowest time of the year for getting gratuities, so we’re having trouble both scraping together the utility bills AND keeping our heads above water to do anything else. And ironically enough, my readership and my tips were high enough in November and December that I made just enough money to not qualify for the SNAP program, so we will get no EBT in February and that will make it even more difficult than January. The nice lady on the phone at Job and Family Services cheerfully told me “You can always reapply in February,” but I’d sure as heck rather not. I would rather support myself by my writing projects.

So, as always, I ask, if you like my writing, give me a tip when you can. If you can’t afford to tip, no problem, just keep reading and discussing and sharing and somebody else will. We greatly appreciate all of our patrons and readers; you literally keep the lights on for us.

To leave a tip, just go to the Steel Magnificat donate page and click on the yellow button; paypal will walk you through the rest.

And now, back to posts I actually like to write!

(image via Pixabay)


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