Support button or ads? I chose a button

Ads would commercialize and slow down this site. It’s also tacky for this blog and not the right place for amazon ads or affiliate links either.

Cost per year to run this blog is about $600. Three hundred of that is security. I got hacked three times in a row despite having updated software. So I paid for the protection and a secure slot layer certificate (https). I’m sure you want to hear all about that website jargon.

Other costs include mailchimp for sending out the emails, hosting fees, domain names (I own and and a couple of paid features on the site.

If, for some crazy reason, I actually exceed that $600, I’ll put funds toward my attending a mental health/conference. There is one I want to attend next year. But more realistically, it will probably just offset my costs.

This payment processor is through Stripe.

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Question: If you don’t get any donations, will you stop writing? 

Answer: As long as my body is warm, I will write! This blog stays, no matter what

Question: What if I choose to completely ignore this button?

Answer: My world will not fall apart

Question: What are you really using the funds for? 

Answer: To fund my passion for yachting and skydiving

Question: Will you like me better if I give $10?

Answer: You bet. My love can be bought. OK, OK, not true.

Question: It’s a pain in the @$$ to put in a credit card number. Is there another option? 

Answer: Hey, you do it for a pair of shoes!

Question: Can I give in another currency?

Answer: I can add a button for different currency. Let me know what currency you need.

Question: How much should I give?

Answer: $10, $25, $50……You name it. Whatever you want.

Question: Are you a nonprofit?

Answer: I am not. But I might as well be!

Question: Where will this button live?

Answer: Below each blog post and the right hand column.

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Charles always knew how to make me laugh when I was low

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am the mother of two boys and the owner of emotionally naked, a site that reached a quarter million people in its first 18 months. I am a writer and professional public speaker on the topics of suicide, addiction, mental illness, and grief and my book, Diary of a Broken Mind, will be published in the fall. I lost my youngest son, Charles, 20, to suicide June 5, 2015. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Professional Speaker Website

6 thoughts on “Support button or ads? I chose a button”

  1. I’ve never known the specifics of blog costs, with or without ads. This was very interesting! Thank you for NOT going the ad route (at this time—we’ll give you room to change your mind if you have to!). I’m happy to make a donation to support your amazing work. ❤️

    1. I don’t think I will ever go the ad route. But thank you for your support Amy. I don’t think this will be a big money generator but I thought I would try. Let me know if the button does not work. It did work when I tested it.

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