I honestly don’t know what to say! I’m awed and humbled by your amazing response to the emergency fundraising appeal I put up yesterday. You’ve pulled me back from the financial brink and provided me with the resources I need to get through the next several months while I work to put the blog (and myself) on a more solid financial footing for the long term.
When I started this blog more than eight years ago on a whim, I never expected such an amazing community to form around it. Your response to this appeal reinforces just how strong this community has become. I have formed real friendships with many of you who follow the blog, and readers and commenters have formed real friendships with each other. Community members have come through again and again for each other in difficult times, and have come through again and again for me. We care about each other; we help each other. We’re a family.
The outpouring of support has reaffirmed my faith in the mission of this blog. I’m deeply moved to see how much this blog means to so many of you. Crawling through some of the most hateful and toxic corners of the internet on a daily basis can get discouraging at times; knowing that my work makes a difference makes it all worthwhile.
I am extraordinarily grateful for those of you who dig deep to help me through this difficult time. I hope to never have to do another emergency appeal again. As I noted yesterday, I will spend the next several months ramping up my freelance journalism alongside my regular work on the blog; combined with the funds raised during regular quarterly pledge drives, this should provide enough to put me close to some sort of financial stability – insofar as that’s possible in our current world.
Thanks again for all the support! I’m still reeling.
PS: If you still wish to donate, you can of course do so here, or on the Patreon I will be setting up soon, but the emergency is definitely over.