Hello beloved blog readers!
I am writing this open letter to you to let you know how much I appreciate you and your loyalty of reading my essays for the past almost two years. A lot of people ask me how much money I make by blogging, and when they do, I usually laugh (a fake laugh) and say, “Oh, I can’t even count that high!” or some such nonsense.
The truth is, I can count that high. Everyone can count to zero.
I make zero on my blog. And I spend hours and hours each day writing my posts (don't even get me started on the illustrated posts I do sometimes, those can take days).
Wait—what?!? I know you are thinking, I heard about this one blogger who makes like a million a year! How does she make a million?
Friends, she has ads on her blog. Blinking, annoying, moving ads that assault your eyes when you just want to read a funny article. Ads that you accidentally roll over with your mouse and then are transported to another window and can’t get the ad off your screen.
I don’t know about you, but I personally hate ads. HATE THEM WITH A VENGENCE normally reserved for expensive shoes that are too tight and give you a painful blister or milk that was expired but you forgot to check the expiration date because you were in a hurry or traffic that caused you to be late to your root canal appointment that you didn’t want to go to in the first place.
Ads. Are. Horrible.
Hmmm. I think you know where this is going. I don’t want ads, yet I do want to keep writing this blog and maybe have a teensy bit of spending money to buy a Starbucks latte from time to time. So, after much ruminating and soul-searching and see-sawing, I have decided to go boldly where my fellow bloggers before me have gone (I’m talking to you Haley's Comic, Just Inappropriate, and Gweenbrick): I’m adding a Donate button.
You can donate via PayPal or with a credit card. Click on the new “Donate” button I added on the sidebar over there to the right.
You can donate $1. You can donate $10. You can donate $100. There is no minimum or maximum. (Or you can buy my book, “Mom’s Had A Rough Day” on Amazon. The book is only $15.) You can donate once, or you can donate multiple times. If the essay that day is especially good, you can donate $5, like a tip you would give the babysitter or valet guy who parks your car. In fact, we’ll even call it my “Tip Jar” to make it sound like what it is: completely optional. You can donate whatever amount you think my writing is “worth” that day.
Your donation will be tax-deductible as a charity cause. (Okay, I just checked with accountants online dot com and that’s not true after all.) If you donate more than $100, I will be happy to write an article on the topic of your choice. Just put it in the memo section (for example: “Horoscopes” or “Brad Pitt”).
And remember, the donating is totally optional! If you do not want to donate or cannot afford to donate, that is absolutely fine. It is entirely up to you. Think of me NOT as that guy outside of the grocery store holding his hat out, but instead think of me as that really talented guy playing the violin at the subway entrance. The grocery guy is doing nothing, but the violin subway guy has a talent he is sharing. :) SUPPORT TALENT.
Thank you for your generosity, and thank you for keeping my site ad-free!