Back in the spring, I asked readers of this blog to donate to it. Because you did – because readers’ support allowed me to blog more and made blogging matter in a way it hadn’t – I’ve done some of my best writing since then.
As an atheist, I’ve posted about
- Elliot Rodger, the Isla Vista killer, being ‘a jihadist for organised misogyny’ – and specifically, the double standard in discussion of white murderers and Muslim suicide bombers.
- Ideology not being a dirty word, and the value of coherent principles.
- Ann Widdecombe’s nostalgia for the era of acceptable Nazism.
- What really happened at Edinburgh Central Mosque last month – where, contrary to what you might have heard, three hooded white supremacists did more than prank people with bacon.
- Why, unlike video blogger Jaclyn Glenn, I’m not sorry atheists are divided on feminist issues.
- Slymepitters’ newest harassing photoshop of me. (More precisely, I wrote a review.)
- Why Ophelia Benson and Richard Dawkins’ joint statement this week matters.
- The Dawkins Cycle, despite this – that is, the now familiar pattern of a Richard Dawkins Twitter storm.
As a queer writer, I’ve posted about
- Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst, and why she never needed (y)our acceptance.
- US athlete Michael Sam and mainstream media’s fetish for gay men crying.
- The all-but-amusing transphobia of Andrew Sullivan.
- The end of my relationship with a bullying, homophobic-and-more relative.
- How secular homophobia and moderate, mainstream Christianity – not fundamentalism – once drove me to suicide attempts.
On pop culture, nerd culture and other things, I’ve posted about
- Why you won’t catch me mocking ‘think-pieces’.
- Why little-known British zombie show In the Flesh is the best LGBT drama since Queer as Folk.
- What was wrong with Captain America: the Winter Soldier.
- Rolf Harris’ conviction as a sex offender.
- What my schoolteachers thought of me (and how much of it was right).
- Atheism and transhumanism in Spike Jonze’s film Her.
I also got nine posts into a full-length chaptered version of my ‘coming out story’. For those who’ve asked, this hasn’t been abandoned – it’s on hold, and I’m planning to resume writing it in August. (The umbrella title, ‘A memoir in a month’, will have to be ironic.)
So now I’m going to ask you again: if you like my work, and if you can, please donate to support this blog.
To support writers in magazines, readers pay subscription fees; to support writers in newspapers, readers pay at the counter or subscribe for web content. To support campaign group workers, members make donations. The media industry has yet to settle on a way for bloggers to be paid – in fact, the increasing expectation that our work will be unpaid is undermining writing as a profession. For now, on top of a very small amount of ad revenue, this is how my work here can be supported.
Currently, largely due to moving house this month and having a month’s rent to pay both in my new and former flats, my finances are touch and go, and whatever help I receive will let me focus on writing posts like those above. Recently – until the last week or so – I haven’t posted as much as I want to in August and beyond due to concentrating on other, more lucrative forms of work. (This included designing a blog banner for Heina Dadabhoy, who’s set to join this network in the coming week.) More security will mean I don’t need to make that compromise.
Additionally, I’ve recently been invited to speak on a panel in a fortnight’s time at a British event whose themes include gender, queer culture and feminism; because another prospective panellist is Ally Fogg (of Heteronormative Patriarchy for Men), another FTBlogger I’m keen to meet in real life, I hope to take the invitation up, but organisers can’t cover my full travel expenses. At Brute Reason, Miri invites readers to help her speak at conferences; similarly, whatever I receive beyond basic living expenses (rent, food etc.) will go toward making this happen.
If you’ve liked my blog for a while, are just discovering it or want to see it grow, this is what you can do to support it.
Clicking this link or the ‘Support this blog’ button below will let you donate however much you choose. (I’ve had donations in the past ranging from €3 to £100.) Additionally, if you’d like to help me out on an ongoing basis – thanks to everyone already doing so - you can ‘subscribe’ through PayPal and give €5, €10 or €20 a month. On PayPal’s regular donation page, you can also tick the ‘Make this recurring (monthly)’ box to make payments of any other amount regular.
The page includes an information box where donors can attach a note. Everyone who helps, unless they ask otherwise there, will be publicly thanked in future posts. If you need more information, here are some relevant numbers.
- €270 / £215.48 / $365.57 is my monthly rent.
- €100-150 / £79.17-118.77 / £133.80-200.71 is the amount that will make paying August’s on time possible.
- €33.83 / £27 / $45.81 covers a month’s phone and internet access (vital to my work).
- €20-30 / £15.96-23.94 / $27.08-40.62 covers food, transport and other basic living costs for a week.
- €10 / £7.98 / $13.54 pays for food for two or three days.
- €5 / £3.99 / $6.77 pays for a return trip across town on public transport. (I make one about once a week.)
Thanks in advance to everyone who helps me out, and to everyone else, we now return to scheduled broadcasting FTBullying.