Happy Friday, everyone! I want to use this space to thank you again for all the donations you’ve sent to help save this site. A few days ago, I really felt like I was in crisis mode, at least in terms of this part of my life. I love this site so much and hated the thought of shutting it down because I couldn’t afford to keep it up anymore. It didn’t make sense to me that the amount of traffic would be the reason I could no longer afford its maintenance costs. Shouldn’t more traffic translate into more income? But it wasn’t — at least not in terms of ad revenue. And I guess I was afraid that if I asked for help — asked for more donations — I would: a) seem like a failure because I had to ask for help (again!); and b) I would feel like a failure if no one cared about the site to help save it.
This has been a good lesson for me. Not only is it OK to ask for help, but it’s how a community is built. We ask for and give help to each other. And it’s — I hope — mutually beneficial.
As of 1:45 PM today, we have raised over $4,020 (counting recurring monthly donations over the next six months). That blows me away! I’m so grateful! And if you have donated money and haven’t received a personal thank you from me, you will. Until then, please accept my universal thank you. And if you haven’t donated and have been or are considering it, this is the time to do it! You can even click the tab that says “recurring monthly payment” and have a few bucks automatically designated to DW each month. I’d still like to get close to the $7,500 goal if possible. That’s the amount that would give the site — and me — a little cushion for the next six months. It would pay for a new server as well as any unexpected costs that pop up (and they always do). It would buy me some childcare coverage during the week so I have time to actually work on the site. It would cover a small marketing budget and stock photos. I do make some money through ads and affiliate commissions, but that isn’t dependable — there isn’t a set amount I can always count. And, in fact, I could lose those accounts at any time through no fault of my own (which is always a concern for me), and without some other form of income from the site, I’d be up shit creek.
Anyway, I’ll be reminding you of the donation drive for a few more days and you can see the continued progress in that little visual in the top right corner of the sidebar.
Changing topics: daylight savings time starts this weekend (in the US and Canada, anyway). Spring is on its way, you guys!! I can’t wait.
What does everyone have planned for the weekend? I’m doing my usual: family stuff, a jog, margaritas with friends, cooking, napping, Netflix, reading.