Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Where Your Donations Go


We’re a couple days into the Fall donation drive and so far have raised $1160 — over 20% to the goal! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated, from $5 all the way up to $200. If you’re wondering where the money goes, here’s a little breakdown that might help you appreciate the importance of your donations:

$300 covers a whole month of server fees. (And $150 covers two weeks of server fees and $75 covers a week of server fees). This is basically like paying the bill that keeps the electricity on. Or, even more accurately, the rent that pays for DW’s housing.

$200 covers an entire week of posting. I pay Jackson’s babysitter $200 a week to watch him for three mornings and that’s when I write the bulk of the content for the week. (I get a few more hours a week to work when Jackson’s in preschool or on the rare occasions he naps, and I use that time for marketing, reading emails, reading and editing guest submissions, and, of course, moderating and replying to comments, which I try to do throughout each day).

$100 covers 3-4 guest essays.
$50 covers 2 guest essays.
$25 cover 1 guest essay.

I’ve started paying guest contributors for the essays I publish on DW. It’s a modest amount ($25, usually — sometimes a little more), but the principle of it is important to me. Writers deserve to be paid for their work. If/when I’m able to pay more, I will, but for now it’s about $25 per essay.

$25-$50 covers a month of stock photos.

$20 per year covers the domain name (dearwendy.com).

$15 per year covers domain mapping.

$25-$50 covers a month of advertising. (Usually I stick to Facebook advertising, boosting posts so they appear in people’s newsfeeds, and also promoting my FB page to attract new readers; I get up to 750 pageviews each day from FB, and advertising has been a big part of that. Occasionally, I will advertise through GoogleAds, too).

$10 covers a month of thumbs. You know how you can click the thumbs-up for comments you like? Well, that’s a plugin that costs 10 bucks a month. Now you know!

$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 site to use.

And 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). Even if I could afford to pay her something, she won’t accept any payment until I “make it big,” which is such a sweet, mom-thing to say.

Thank you, donors, for your support in keeping DW going. 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. I’ve set $5000 as my goal, because that would give a little bit of cushion over the next six months should anything “catastrophic” happen, but $2500 would at least allow me to break even (assuming my ad revenue stays the same). As a thank-you for your support, I’ll add you to my holiday gift card (just make sure to include a mailing list in the note section through Paypal). You’re also eligible for fun give-aways, like these notebooks. Thank you so much for your support!

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    Miel September 23, 2014, 8:55 pm

    Wendy I really like all those different posts you make to promote the donation drive. Keep on the good work =)

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      Dear Wendy September 23, 2014, 10:01 pm

      Thank you!

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  • Howdywiley September 23, 2014, 9:58 pm

    Hey Wendy, I would like to set up a recurring monthly donation but am a little confused of how to do it when I click your link. When I click and see the box to type in my donation amount it says nothing regarding recurring payments…

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      Dear Wendy September 23, 2014, 10:03 pm

      Just to the right of that box, there should be another small box and above it it should say “Make this Recurring (monthly)”

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      • howdywiley September 23, 2014, 10:30 pm

        Ooooh. Got it.
        Just a heads up, I was looking at the payment page on my smart phone and it did not have a recurring box at all. Now that I have moved to my desktop I see it.

  • Wendy (not Wendy) September 24, 2014, 12:02 am

    Special thank you to Wendy’s mom! That is a generous gift and you do a fantastic job.

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  • captainswife September 24, 2014, 1:49 am

    But wait! Your guest writers are paid, but I don’t see ANY payment for you in that spot. The $200 only covers the babysitter? Yikes, Wendy!!! Better up that fundraising goal to include some money for you!

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  • ktfran September 24, 2014, 8:57 am

    How long are you setting up the donation drive? Is it just this week? Or can we contribute next week?

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      Dear Wendy September 24, 2014, 9:15 am

      The actual drive (wherein I bug people every day) will end this weekend, but of course you can donate next week! I can even update at the end of next week on the tally if people continue donating next week.

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    Portia September 24, 2014, 1:08 pm

    This is a great breakdown. And thanks Wendy’s mom for the copyediting! As someone else with an eye for copyediting and who’s been paid and volunteered to copyedit in my own professional life, I really appreciate how well-edited this site is.
    Also, Wendy, you should link to this page in your little donation drive blurb at the top of posts!

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  • a propósito September 24, 2014, 2:03 pm

    I’ve been trying to send you a donation, but Paypal is making it really difficult (my credit cards are linked to an account in one country, my permanent address is in a second and I work in a third). Is there any other facility through which I can make a donation?

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      Dear Wendy September 24, 2014, 2:07 pm

      Unfortunately, not at this time. But I do appreciate your effort and I’m sorry Paypal is making it difficult.

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  • a propósito September 24, 2014, 2:16 pm

    I managed to – thank you so much for all the good that you do.

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      Dear Wendy September 24, 2014, 8:35 pm

      Much appreciated — thank you!

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