Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Want to Pitch In a Few Bucks?

Yesterday DW turned six years old, which seems like as good a time as any to remind all of you of that little “donate” tab up in the menu bar for anyone who might want to pitch in a few bucks to help keep this site up and running. You can make a one-time donation of a few dollars, or you can sign up for automatic monthly payments that you can cancel at any time. Last year was my best year for revenue, but considering different expenses — sometimes unexpected — I still don’t make much more than breaking even. I’m not complaining — I love maintaining this site, but when I have a little extra at the end of the month, it’s certainly icing the cake, and your generosity helps make that happen, so thank you, as always, for your support!

And if you’re curious, here’s a breakdown of how the money is spent (both from donations and from ad revenue):

$2600 covers a year of server fees. This is basically like paying the bill that keeps electricity on. Or, even more accurately, the rent that pays for DW’s housing.

$220 covers an entire week of posting. I pay our babysitter $220 a week for three mornings of childcare and that’s when I write the bulk of the content for the week. (I also work during naps and in the evenings and on the weekends a bit, and I use that time for marketing, reading emails, and, of course, moderating and replying to comments, which I try to do throughout each day.)

$100-$150 covers a year of stock photos.

$20 per year covers the domain name (

$5 covers a month of spam filtering. You know how there’s never much spam in the comments? That’s thanks to a plugin, and that plugin costs five bucks a month.

Additionally, each year, I also spend anywhere from $500-$2500 on tech assistance and web development. Your donations help cover those costs so we can continue having a functional and easy-to-navigate, aesthetically-pleasing site (including a mobile site) to use.

And if there’s anything left over, it goes toward advertising on social media, tootsie rolls, and an occasional margarita cause girlfriend likes her tequila.

Also, special thanks to my mom, who copy edits every post for free. (And if you see a typo or mistake, it’s probably because I didn’t get copy to her early enough to edit before I posted. After 20+ years of teaching middle school and high school English, she has an eagle eye for errors.) And big props to Kate for moderating the forums as an eagle-eyed volunteer who’s been a huge help in stomping out the trolls and keeping the forums free of spam.

If you’d like to contribute, you can do so here; you can make a one-time donation or click the little box to make a recurring monthly donation. It’s also a great help to me if you click through my Amazon widget in the sidebar before making purchases on that site (I get a commission that way). As always, thank you so much for your support!

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    ktfran January 25, 2017, 3:26 pm

    Happy 6th Birthday!

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    Howdywiley January 25, 2017, 6:25 pm


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    Kate January 25, 2017, 7:38 pm

    Wendy, today it’s all about you, and the guy at the Newark train station who needed a coffee and a McChicken.

    It looks like the only option is monthly, btw.

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    Amy January 25, 2017, 11:28 pm

    Thanks for everything! You’ve contributed to the last six years of my life! Thanks for making a difference!

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    Portia January 26, 2017, 12:13 pm

    I’m proud to continue my support. 🙂

    Quick practical question (for Wendy or whoever might know the answer) – if I wanted to increase my monthly donation, should I cancel the current one and start a new one, or is there a way to increase the amount? I ran into issues when I was looking into this before. (Also, I’ll be getting a raise soon and want to do some good with it.)

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