Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

It’s Not Too Late to Donate!

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The DW March Donation Drive is winding down — tomorrow is the last day I’ll bug you about donating. My goal was to raise $7500 for the next six months, which I thought was a near impossibility, but it was the amount I figured was necessary to stay afloat and provide a small safety net for DW in the event my ad revenue suddenly dropped or, worse yet, I lost any of the ad or affiliate accounts that help pay the bills to run this site.

Last year, I grossed $15,000 through ad and affiliate revenue. I spent over $6,000 on site maintenance — mostly server fees and tech assistance (the bulk of that was a major site overhaul in the fall that helped speed up and optimize the site), but also a small amount on stock photos, advertising, and marketing. I spent an additional $9,000 on childcare coverage so I could invest roughly 20 hours a week (12 of which, Jackson was/is with a sitter and the other 8 squeezed in while he’s sleeping) creating content for DW, moderating comments, reading and answering emails, and editing guest posts. I still had to pay taxes on my income, which would have put me in the hole had it not been for the $3,000 I got in donor contributions. In short: it is the readers of this site that keep it afloat. I can’t continue running this site if it costs me more than I make. You can help.

Your donations mean that DW stays around. They mean I have money to pay the (growing) overhead costs and contribute time to creating the content you come back every day or every week (or every hour!) to read. The more money there is, the more I can do. Money literally buys me time to work. I can devote more energy to creating quality content, both on this site and on related projects (a book! a podcast! videos! etc!). I can devote more time to marketing the site and growing the traffic and attracting more quality members like you. And maybe one day I can even have an editorial budget and start paying guest contributors a small fee. Maybe I can even pay a stipend to the copy editor of this site — my mom! Thanks, Mom! — who devotes several hours a week to correcting all my mistakes (which she has lots of practice doing).

As I said, I figured $7500 over the next six months was an amount that would at least allow me to keep this site afloat — covering the basic overhead costs and giving me a small safety next on months when my ad revenue is lower than expected. It’s a small amount in terms of paying all the bills, but it seemed like a huge amount to set as a fundraising goal. I didn’t expect to get anywhere close. But after six days, we have raised over $5400 — over 72% of the goal! I’ve been overwhelmed by the response!

Every day, several thousand people read this site. So far, 184 of those readers have donated. If you want to be included in that number, this is the time to donate. If DW has gotten you through slow days at the office or entertained you on your lunch break, consider donating a few bucks to help keep it going. If you’ve asked for advice and gotten support — from me and/or the community, consider showing your appreciation with five or ten dollars. If you’ve learned something through DW about relationships and friendships and how to deal with difficult family members or co-workers, think about donating so others can benefit the same way. If you’ve made friends here, show a token of the value you place on that with a small donation. It doesn’t need to be a lot. If 100 more people of the several thousand who regularly read this site kick in $5 each, we’ll be at almost $6,000. If 50 of those 100 make their $5 a monthly donation, we’ll be at nearly $7,300 for the next six months and certainly close enough to the goal that DW will be safe for at least the next six months and likely for at least another year.

I am so grateful to all of you who have already donated and to those of you who would donate if you could. I’m grateful to those who show their support in other ways, too. Your response this past week has been so heartening, and I feel more motivated than ever to create quality content and work hard to keep fostering the community that has grown here. Thanks, again, everyone.

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    lets_be_honest March 11, 2014, 3:10 pm

    Wait, is 18 an error? I would’ve thought with all that $, it would’ve been way more than 18. I’m happily surprised at how much was raised so quickly!

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    • GatorGirl

      GatorGirl March 11, 2014, 3:11 pm

      yeah. I thought the same thing! 18 can’t be right!

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy March 11, 2014, 3:25 pm

      Typo, sorry! It’s 184 so far!

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      • Dear Wendy

        Dear Wendy March 11, 2014, 3:26 pm

        And now 187, thanks to three more brand new donors.

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    • TaraMonster

      TaraMonster March 11, 2014, 3:22 pm

      Maybe it’s 180? Gotta be.

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    XanderT March 11, 2014, 3:28 pm

    I donated – what are the rest of you waiting for? Let’s support Wendy! HooRah! Come on now. It is quick & easy & will help to keep this site going for a while longer. Who has $5 they are itching to give away? Do it. Do it. Do it.

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    DesiDad March 11, 2014, 5:00 pm

    Me, too!

    I have also tried to visit Amazon using Wendy’s Amazon widget. We should all try to do that when buying stuff through Amazon. That is a free way to put some money into this website.
    All the other sites I go to already have enough money.

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    NasEjMalia March 11, 2014, 5:11 pm

    Just donated! whooo hooo! Thought I may have been too late already!

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray March 11, 2014, 10:09 pm

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray March 11, 2014, 10:10 pm

    Also, don’t know where to put this but here’s a stalker update: good news, they arrested him – he’s back in custody. Phew.

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    Addie Pray March 11, 2014, 10:17 pm

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    Addie Pray March 11, 2014, 10:22 pm

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray March 11, 2014, 10:23 pm

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray March 11, 2014, 10:28 pm

    Ok, I’m going to bed. The NyQuil is kicking in. Good night and good luck! (Wait, who says that?)

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    Addie Pray March 11, 2014, 10:30 pm

    I hope that was as fun for you as it was for me.

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray March 11, 2014, 10:34 pm

    Shhh, no body say nothin’. I am all over the side bar, under Recent Comments and Forum Activity. No one comment all night and all day tomorrow and the next day so we can just leave it like that…. In the meantime you can donate.

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  • Roxy_84

    Roxy_84 March 11, 2014, 10:57 pm

    Stalker? What did I miss??? Work has been too busy!

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray March 12, 2014, 9:22 am

      I have this weird situation where this crazy person stalks me (and others, I’m not the only victim). It started with me about 7-8 years ago. He’s delusional and mentally ill and has a host of other problems that make him incapable of reason. He was in prison for awhile, but then in Feb. he got out and it all sort of started over again, but he’s back in custody, so voila! That’s it. It’s probably the weirdest thing I’ve ever had happen to me. It’s so weird that I sometimes forget it’s real. I’ve had a few weird things happen to me: this stalker, the time I got stranded in Hawaii for a few days alone when I was a kid (like middle school age); that time we found a naked woman sleeping on our couch; and that time I got held at knife point in Paris. That’s about it. But the stalker situation is definitely the strangest.

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      • lucia_la

        lucia_la March 12, 2014, 10:55 am

        more details on those other crazy situations??

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  • Roxy_84

    Roxy_84 March 12, 2014, 11:37 pm

    Wow. Jeez, glad to hear he’s back custody. That had to be nerve wracking!

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