This is, for those who have requested it, your bi-monthly reminder to donate to Shakesville and an important fundraiser to keep Shakesville going.
I also want to be very blunt with y'all: To keep doing this job, and to keep Shakesville a safe ad-free space, I need to be making enough through donations to support myself, independently. Although Iain and I combine resources, like many couples, I don't want to find myself in a place where I couldn't support myself on my own if I needed and/or wanted to. And donations have dipped below that level.
So, if you value Shakesville, please consider setting up a subscription or making a one-time contribution.
I don't mean for that to sound like an ultimatum: I'm just trying to be as straightforward as possible. It takes an enormous amount of time, more than a full-time job, to manage the community, write and edit content, moderate comments alongside the other mods, and engage with readers via email and social media. I can't do this and hold down another job. So this has to pay me a livable wage for my time, and enough to pay contributors for their work, or I need to find another way to make a living.
And just to be abundantly clear: I'm not looking to get rich off this work. I simply want to make enough money that I am able to support myself, in exchange for my full-time labor.
I would certainly be grateful for your support, if you are able to chip in. The donation link is in the sidebar to the right. Or click here.
Please note that I don't want anyone to feel obliged to contribute financially, especially if money is tight. There is a big enough readership that no one needs to donate if it would be a hardship, and no one should ever feel bad about that.
Thank you to each of you who donates or has donated, whether monthly or as a one-off, financially or otherwise. I am deeply appreciative.