To the right, I have finally decided to add a donations button. Donate whatever amount you like, and/or, you can purchase from the products shown at the right, from our recommended items at our Amazon store, or, you can support the work at Free the Animal with any purchase at Amazon.
In the last year I’ve managed to put up over 450 posts. That’s a lot of work, when you think about it. And now, I have been going through the painstaking process of organizing every post I’ve written on health, fitness and diet since May, 2007, for the purpose of the book project. That’s not to say that the book is going to be a reproduction of the blog — it’s not — but I need those posts for reference into what areas I need to address, what research I need to look up, and just plain to make sure I don’t miss anything.
So if you look at it this way, a $25 yearly subscription comes out to about 5 cents per post.
But why should you do it? After all, if you don’t, I’ll still be writing posts no doubt, and so why not just ride for free? And, anyway, look how many other free blogs there are out there, most of which don’t even ask for donations?
Well beyond the issue of simple value exchange, those are questions you have to answer for yourself. Certainly you can’t subscribe or donate to everything, but I do hope you might have a top two or three that you’d donate a reasonable amount to, then let me worry about getting there, in your mind.
And what will subscriptions and donations accomplish? In order of importance:
- Make me more serious than I already am about treating this as a long-term endeavor. It will put me on the hook to deliver.
- Provide compensation for the expenses of writing the book, i.e., books that I need to purchase for reference, and photocopying of book sections and research studies at the library.
- Provide me with an added moral boost; that what I’m doing here is not only helpful and beneficial for many, as has been demonstrated in posts and comments, but appreciated a bit beyond nice emails and comments.
I read a lot of blogs out there and the one thing I have noticed is that very few put out the volume I do, with often weeks passing without much of anything. Not here. Since November of 2003 when I started this blog (originally political), I have posted almost 2,500 posts — an average of 416 posts for each of the nearly 6 years I’ve been at this.
So, in closing, I would submit to you that I think I’ve demonstrated that I have what it takes to stick around and really deliver on the exchange of value represented by a subscription or donation.
I hope you’ll consider it.
1/12/2010: I have decided to forego the automatic renewing subscription option and have cancelled all renewals in PayPal (so those who selected that option will not have an automatic renewal).
One-time or anytime donation.