For years I’ve had various people suggest that I offer appreciative readers an option to donate to this website. It’s been free from the beginning and I’ve always wanted to keep it that way, even as many other online information sources feel the necessity to impose paywalls. I resisted until the pandemic brought advertising levels to such a low point they could not cover the expenses involved in carrying the website. At the end of August 2020 I offered readers the option of making a donation.
That first year led to a generous expression of support from many people and it was humbling to see the appreciation in a tangible form. One result was the vastly improved website. After that first request, I adopted an NPR sort of model in which I don’t always mention donations, but I do so this time of year. So, consider this the reminder that it is possible to make a donation to this site if you feel it offers you an important source of information or entertainment.
Some of you chose a single donation option that first year or the second and that is very appreciated. Maybe it is time to consider that annual donation once more. For others, the subscription model makes more sense. It’s the same as a subscription to anything else, but it isn’t required and can be stopped whenever you choose have it end.
I have several subscribers who have been with me now for two years, either automatically giving annually or, more often, a set donation each month. It makes the income from the website more predictable and allows me to plan accordingly. I want every donor to know I appreciate them very much.
If you are fortunate enough to be able to support the work and would like to join the others either in a monthly, annual, or single donation, here’s your chance. The software accepts Paypal and debit/credit cards and it is all very secure. I never see your account information. The link is always at the top of the page, or you can follow this link. Please let me know if you have any trouble with the software (Knoxvilleurbanguy@gmail.com).
I’m grateful advertising has increased, but it has not returned to 2019 levels. Of course, if you are a potential advertiser, I would love to speak to you! (Knoxvilleurbanguy@gmail.com) For those of you who have donated or will donate in response to this article, please know that I really appreciate each of you.
For those of you who cannot give, don’t worry — tell others about the site and make a supportive comment from time to time. Those things really matter, as well. I’m determined to keep the content flowing and free and this helps. I feel I have the best readers in the world and I’ve been very fortunate to have such a great job for the last twelve years. Thank you all.