This isn’t a real blog post, this is just my monthly reminder that Steel Magnificat, and my family, run almost entirely on gratuities. I get a very small paycheck from Patheos for clicks in the United States, and the rest of my family’s income is tips from readers who like my work and want to see more of it. With that money I can keep paying my rent so I have a place to write in and my electric bill so I can keep writing, not to mention bus fare so I can wander around Steubenville and find beautiful things to write about. That’s how we stay alive. Think of it as tipping your Uber or Instacart driver and curse the gig economy. We are extremely grateful to all of our patrons for valuing my work so much.
We always vacillate between good months and bad months; that’s the nature of living on tips. In good months Rose gets an allowance and we can cover our needs; in “bad” months it’s constantly touch and go and all the utility bills start sending scary letters. Unfortunately, the past six to eight weeks have been solidly “bad.” We’ve got a stack of scary letters from the utility company I’m trying not to think about.
So, as always, I ask: if you like what you read, give me a tip when you can! Just go to our “donate” page, click on the bright yellow button, and Paypal will walk you through the rest. Even though the button says “donate” it’s not a charitable donation, just a tip I pay taxes on. If you can’t afford to tip, that’s fine, just keep reading and clicking and sharing and someone else will.
And now back to blog posts worth reading!