Spring Pledge Week

All this week I’m going to be asking anyone who wants to donate to this site and to The Quarterly Conversation to do so.

Basically, if you like and value what you get here and at TQC, then break me off a little cash, if you want to, and if it’s compatible with your current finances.

To be clear, it’s a privilege to be able to do what I do both with this site and with TQC, and the level of donations I receive is in no way proportional to the futures of these sites.

That said, I derive a significant amount of my income from freelancing, and time spent here is time not spent hustling up some more work. Blogging probably doesn’t look like the hardest thing in the world, but doing a good job of it takes a fair amount of time and effort.

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