I have discovered the key to great riches: all I have to do is get someone famous to accuse me of being “click-baity” and trolling for cash, and in a strangely perverse turn, people start freely donating to me. Just today, I’ve been given $500 via the donate box in the sidebar! I was surprised, and I thank those of you who donated very much. So I thought I’d tell you all what I’m going to do with it.
I’m in stable economic circumstances, so I don’t really need the money, but it does take the edge off and let me indulge a little bit. So this weekend, I’ll take my wife out for a nice dinner. She deserves it, and also I’ve got to soften the blow of what I plan to do with the rest of it (she won’t complain anyway, don’t worry).
Everything after my self-indulgent dinner is going to The Ada Initiative, a non-profit which supports the advancement of women in technology. It’s a worthy cause — you can see all that they do — and it’s also the cause that Janet Stemwedel is promoting right now. She’s kicking in a substantial donation of her own, and I’ll take a look at our budget and see if we can’t also add a bit more on top of passing on what we’ve received.
And here’s the deal: anything anyone else donates in the next two weeks will be passed along to the Ada Initiative, a final lump sum contribution given in the name of the generous Pharyngula commentariat. Every penny will be passed on.
So feel free to donate, knowing it won’t just line my pockets, but will be used to help women in their careers. Or donate through Janet’s program — I approve completely. Or cut out the middleman and donate directly. Everyone wins! Especially the women.
I’ll also make a quiet challenge to Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins to match the Pharyngula donations — they can certainly afford it far more than we can. But I’m not going to apply any pressure: if they’d rather not, all they have to do is ignore this post. They can’t feel obligated to meet a challenge they never heard about, now can they?