Well… I’m afraid the time has finally come. It’s been two years of writing, rambling and hopefully providing readers with useful tips and words of comfort.
OK DON’T FREAK OUT, I’M NOT QUITTING – Please… I need to write on a regular basis or my brain will explode.
However, after careful consideration I find myself in a position where I need to ask for some support from my readers. To be clear, this is a pure begging post.. I won’t sugar coat it!
I treasure my blog, and words cannot express just how much it means to me when someone comments on a post, or sends me an email, (I know, she’s being soppy again)! But it’s true.
Sharing the ways that I’ve learned to maintain my anxiety, panic attacks and mental health in general is a huge part of my life.
However, the truth is I just can’t afford to maintain my blog as much as I would like to.
I’m sure that you’re thinking “What does she even need money for? Blogging is free!” – It’s true, the basic act of writing a post is free, but there are a lot of hidden costs that come with it.
· Paying WordPress for my ‘Domain’ annually ($99)
· Paying wordpress for my blog theme ($49)
· Attending mental health conferences so that I can remain up to date with the latest developments.
· Buying the latest books/resources – Again I like to stay up to date so that I can feed the info back to my readers.
· Travel costs for said conferences
· Testing out holistic therapies such as Acupuncture – to review the benefits
· Interviewing experts and journalists – I’m overly polite and always pick up the coffee/wine bill, as payment for their time.
· Electricity bills – Dan despairs about how much time I spend surfing the net reading articles and other mental health blogs!
· Freelance writing – I don’t get paid for ANY of the freelance work that I do. This applies to all of the articles I wrote for The Independent. This isn’t unique to me, nobody pays for online content these days.
· Endless amounts of Champagne 😉
You’ll notice that I don’t allow advertising on my blog, because the idea makes me uncomfortable. Not to criticise those that do, but it’s not something that I wish to participate in. This also goes for ‘affiliate’ schemes etc. A few months ago a company got in touch and offered to pay a decent sum if I ‘plugged’ their product on my blog. I said no straight away on principal.. I think as a blogger, once you start doing that kind of thing then it’s over. I couldn’t live with myself.. plus imagine the guilt anxiety!
The only thing I’ve ever endorsed is http://www.walkingoncustard.com/ and the author Neil didn’t pay me a penny. I wrote about it because I genuinely think it’s a great book.
Going forward I want We’re All Mad Here to evolve and become almost like an online community – Seriously I have an actual plan and everything. I’m also in the process of designing and developing an app that I hope will be available in the summer of 2016 – more about that another time.
But I can’t do any of it without your help – (sorry this all sounds like a bloody Red Nose Day appeal)!
So like many bloggers these days I’ve signed up to Patreon – it’s an American site, so everything is in dollars which is weird (unless you’re one of my US readers).. but once you get passed that, it’s all good.
The basics – You can become a patron of my blog by giving monthly donations. You can donate as little as $2 a month, which works out at around £1.32.
Other benefits include:
· Early access to my blogs posts or videos
· Exclusive content
· Personal messages of thanks or Q&A
There’s absolutely no pressure to donate, as I aim to continue writing until the cows come home, (never quite understood that expression). But know that any help you can give will be truly appreciated.