Alllllllrighty then! I don't run ads on this site anymore. Suffice it to say that if and/or until I have enough readers to strike a deal directly with someone that wants to advertise on this site, they won't be back.
Also, I haven't raised my prices. Everything on the site is still free and no charge.
Patreon, if you're unaware, is a company that makes it possible for musicians, writers, artists, You Tubers, etc. (and even people like me) -- "Creators" -- to try and make some dough for what they love to do by acting as middlepersons betwixt artists, artistes, etc. (and even people like me) and their would be patrons.
For a (tiny) percentage of what they collect they handle all the technical issues so a given creator can concentrate on creating. For a technically challenged Crank like myself, this is a gift from above. I love to write, I hate the technical shtuff.
Now, the way this works, patrons commit to donating a set amount of money each month (my chosen option), or, per each, um, creation. You click on the button, punch in the relevant data, and you're done.
YOU CAN CANCEL AT ANY TIME...
...or I wouldn't even consider using their service. And yes, they're legit. They're a real company that's been around for awhile. Go a-googling and check 'em out. Did I mention you can cancel at any time?
One last thing, like a PBS begathon, they're big on the creators giving out rewards for various levels of donations. Think signed book, a poster, newsletter, etc.
The bad news is you're looking at the only thing I have to offer, for now at least (I've got some ideas...), my website and my weekly columns. (By the way, I've been reliably cranking one out every weekend for over two years now.)
The good news is you can pledge as little as a buck a month. Did I mention you can cancel at any time?
See, If I can find enough readers that think I'm worth a buck or three a month, I could write full-time. If I could write full-time I could write the occasional long essay and finish my book. My angels will have first dibs on anything I write.
Thanks for the dough if you do, thanks for being a reader if you don't. Please pass the word if my words have pleased you.
P.S. You may find this interesting.
[For the record, the link in the sentence above will take you to an article from something called The Book of Life. While I find The Book of Life to be quite interesting, I also find that it contains no shortage of complete bonkercockie.]