To My Few Remaining Recurring Donors

As you might guess from my recent posts, I am doing some stock taking and house keeping, both in my life and on the site. I just cancelled the three remaining recurring donations initiated when the podcast in particular was much more regular and frequent. One of those donors sent me a note, confused, so I am sharing my thought process here for anyone else who is curious.

I guess I don’t feel that two podcast episodes in 2014 and three in the last twelve months is not the same value on offer as earlier in the podcast when I was producing episodes more regularly.

I am trying to get better at writing but not with any expectation of support or reward. It is early days in that renewed effort for me to feel that my efforts deserve any sort of financial support. And the site and podcast have never been about the financial support, anyway.

I really do appreciate the support I have received from my readers and listeners over the years, whether that has been through just following along or sending in something more tangible like a bit of feedback or a donation.

If anyone wants to restart their PayPal subscription, I won’t cancel it again without reaching out. In retrospect I should have asked first. If you’d rather leave it canceled and send that on to another project you’d like to support, that would be fine with me too.

Support via BitCoin

I’ve been following development of the distributed, cryptography-based digital cash, BitCoin, for a while. I’ve been fascinated by the space since the days I used to lurk on the cypherpunks mailing list. Having only PayPal for small, peer oriented transactions, let alone private and untraceable ones, has always been frustrating. BitCoin has been running almost non-stop on my desktop machine, in generation mode, for weeks.

While I’ve been waiting for my first few coins to accrue through my contribution of cycle time, I was first intrigued by EFF’s announcement that they will now accept donations via BitCoin then encouraged when noted technologist, Simon Phipps, made the same move. I’ve been thinking about doing so myself, it seems like good timing to help build on the momentum of others.

If you’ve been frustrated by the few means of directly support this site and the podcast, then I will happily share my receiving address for anyone else using or even just experimenting, like me, with BitCoin. You can send donations to 16LN7eYwryFW5bYArMayT3TMdwpM7goQ5r if you like. There is a good list at the project site of other services accepting this currency for payment and exchanges where you can buy in or cash out.