In view of this painful possibility, she will not (as she might) appeal indignantly to her other writings as a proof that she is not prone to begging: she will not (as she might) point to the strong moral purpose of this post itself, to the appeal for altruism so cautiously inculcated in it, or to its noble roots in Rudimentary Capitalism—she will take the more prosaic course of simply explaining how it came to be.
The Blogger, who is almost morbidly sensitive about appearing to be greedy, used to joyfully Blog away with no regard for the time or effort expended upon her posts and the accompanying Photo-composites, and it more than once happened, when the time came for Bills to be due, that there was a dearth of Funds to cover them. This was due to numerous Factors that are the everlasting bane of Free-lance Service Providers, but in some cases the Blogger's preoccupation with her Avocation may—just possibly—have played a smallish part. Her Partner knew it was not of the slightest use to try to persuade her to stop Blogging, nor, in truth, did he want her to, for he enjoyed her writing as much as did many others.
And yet, as the Ship that is the Blogger's and her Partner's Primary Business began to hit rough waters during the Great Recession of '09, the Blogger continued to Blog as if nothing were amiss. During some of these Blogging intervals the Primary Business sometimes sailed backwards, though it never sank, contrary to the claims of a certain Snargetly Gentleman.
Thus it was that, ultimately, the Blogger's Partner chose to set up a Paypal Account and provide her with the Code to easily add a Donation Widget to her Blog, knowing that she would continue to Blog whether or not she was getting Donations, for she loves her Blogging and she loves her Readers (even one or two of those who hate her). He knew that although her primary purpose was to provide Entertainment, her Blog was not merely a platform for gratuitous Snarking and, though entertaining, was on many occasions Educational as well. Yet her Partner gently but firmly reminded the Blogger that Time is Money, and that realistically, the Blog can only continue if there is an adequate supply of the latter. And so it should come as no surprise that our Blogger, rather than beginning to charge her Readers for the privilege of perusing her Random Thoughts, or, even worse, ceasing to Blog altogether, has added the Widget, and now gasps out, “Please Donate What You Can!”
Fit The First (And Only)
As she gingerly typed her first post;
And soon she was waxing both silly and snide
On the things that amused her the most.
That alone should encourage the crowd.
Just the place for some Snarks! I've now said it thrice:
( I'm redundant as well as quite loud).”
About hustledorks, hucksters, and shams
She gleefully needled each swindler and con—
And schemes that she reckoned were scams.
And Snarked about Industry Leaders
Some were appalled and a few got quite mad—
And yet... she's attracted some Readers.
Or so said a Snarget-ish bloke
Who claimed that the Blogger, and fans one and all
Are trivial, jealous, and broke.
Said the Snarget with open disdain—
"She is wasting her time and her talent, I say:
She is lividly Snarking in vain!"
Accolades, kudos and thanks
From hundreds who savor the tales that she weaves
Of flim-flammers, crackpots, and cranks.
From Media Folk, on occasion
To share her opinions and things she recalls
Of some masters of hype and persuasion.
(A possibly troublesome matter)—
Meanwhile, her Snargets are sitting back smirking,
And watching their bankrolls grow fatter.
To submit to her own third degree—
Her first question was: "Do I write my Blog
Or has my Blog been writing me?
To the thousands who visit my site
Or am I just wasting my time and my life
(And was my friend Snarget...gasp...right?!?)
"Is Monetization for me?
My words have amused and impressed and inspired...
So just why am I Snarking for free?"
Is that Snarking's a pleasurable sport
I'll Snark if I'm paid, I'll Snark if I'm not
But I really would like some support.
For Donations. 'Tis up there above
And if this all seems like a crass money grab
Well, it is. (But it's offered with Love.)
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