This is not a real post, just your approximately-once-monthly reminder that Steel Magnificat runs almost entirely on tips. I get a very small paycheck from Patheos for clicks in the United States, and the rest of my income is gratuities from my readers. I don’t pretend to have an “apostolate” or a charity you’re supporting; they’re just tips from people who like my writing so I can keep the bills paid and keep writing blog posts. And they’re my family’s main source of income right now.
We’re very honored and grateful for all the people who appreciate our work. You guys have carried us through this remarkable year with all its challenges. This summer we’ve had particularly close calls a couple of times. For understandable reasons people have to make a little money stretch very far, so our tips are down. And now that summer’s over we need to pay our enormous electric bill from trying to cool a rickety old rental house with a giant menagerie of window units and electric fans instead of central air. We’re trying to get groceries delivered when we can, to minimize the number of times we have to take the bus during the pandemic, which is another expense because of the delivery fees and tip. And it just happens that all three of us need to go shoe shopping.
So, as always, I humbly ask: if you like what you read, give me a tip when you can! Just go to the “donate” page here, click on the big yellow button, and Paypal will walk you through the rest. Thank you all once again.
And now back to blog posts worth reading!
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