Substack and Other Support
As you may have noticed, I haven’t been writing here quite as much, since I started writing on Substack. I’ve put some of what I’ve written on Substack here as well, and I apologize for the lack of new material. It’s been a rough year so far, and I have been focusing much of my attention on speaking out about what happened to my brother.
I am living out my dream right now; from the time I was a child, I wanted to be a writer. It’s wonderful to be doing this for a living. However, that living isn’t paying much. I basically make what your average fast food worker earns. I’ve held my digital hat out and asked for help before. A few of you responded, and I am very grateful for that.
Substack has a pay option. I’m pretty sure Glenn Greenwald and other high profile writers at Substack are getting paid for what they write. I have been trying to figure out how to go paid on Substack, or more specifically add a pay option (I’d still offer some free stuff, but premium content as well), but it seems beyond my powers to figure it out. I just want to send out a message to all my subscribers there, and see how many would pay $7 a month (I think that is the Substack minimum) to read my work. I know there is a lot of crossover between subscribers there, and those who follow this blog.
So….how many of you would pay $7 a month to read what I write? I would definitely go to two articles per week if the response was enthusiastic. Then I’d still have to figure out how to do it there. Maybe it’s just me, but the process doesn’t seem easy. I think I have to create a separate new Substack account for the pay material, while still putting out maybe an article a week for free. Of course, then it becomes a question of how to choose what is paid and what is free. Maybe the paid would be more hard-hitting analysis, and the free material would be more personal. I don’t know. Any input is appreciated.
I hear from people every day, all over the world, who have enjoyed my work. It’s amazing how many listen to me on Jeff Rense, or The Donald Jeffries Show, and now the weekly live streaming “I Protest,” which you can view on Rokfin, Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube. The feedback and supportive comments really spur me on. I hate to ask anyone to contribute financially, but I do put a lot of time into researching, writing, and talk show appearances. I need to have more income if I’m going to do this full-time.
Those who don’t subscribe to me on Substack can contribute directly to my Pay Pal at firstname.lastname@example.org. Some of you have already done that, including those I have no contact info for and thus can’t thank individually. Rest assured that everything sent, no matter the amount, is very much appreciated. I will continue writing on this blog, regardless. Especially if I get any appreciable number of paid subscribers on Substack, I may focus mostly on personal things here. Most of you seem to have enjoyed that kind of thing in the past. With everything that has transpired in just the past few months, I could do plenty of ranting without even going into politics.
I am not comfortable doing this. I’ve never asked to borrow money from anyone in my life. I’m just not good at it. Some of my peers seem much better at it than me, and are getting what seem to be decent contributions via Pay Pal, Patreon, etc. Unless hundreds of thousands of readers suddenly flock to my books (and there don’t seem to be hundred of thousands of readers flocking to any books nowadays), I have to figure out some way to monetize at least some of what I’m doing. I apologize if this seems like an infomercial. Or begging. There’s no dignified way to do it.
If you can’t help, or aren’t interested, or suspect I’m a rich guy trying to get richer, I understand. I value everyone who takes the time to read anything I write, or listen to anything I say. But if you can do it, obviously that would be great. In the meantime, remember that there is no such thing as a good war, or a bad peace. Don’t “stand with Ukraine.” Not that you should stand with Putin, either. Demand that our horrific leaders fix our own endless problems first, before meddling overseas. Start with our own wide open border, instead of Ukraine’s border.
COVID has been knocked off the front page by the promise of a new world war. Nothing sells like war. And no war sells like a world war. Unfortunately, this comes a month too late for my brother, who died because of the murderous medical “protocol” for this overblown virus. Which he didn’t even have, much like many victims of “COVID.”
Again, sorry to write what is essentially a commercial. Without all the kind words of encouragement I get from so many people, it’s doubtful that I’d still be writing regularly, or talking about the sorry state of the world on whatever platforms are available to me. You people mean more to me than you’ll ever know.
Posted on March 3, 2022, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.
Unfortunately I’m unable to help out as I’m a very low income senior and don’t have much even for myself. I have bought three of your books and likely will buy more when available.
I certainly recognize your name- you’ve been very supportive. Thanks.
You shouldn’t feel uncomfortable asking for donations or payments. You should mention your PayPal account periodically so those who want to support you will know how to do it. I didn’t find out about your PayPal account until less than a year ago. I would be willing to pay $7 per month on Substack (instead of using PayPal) if you figure out how to set it up. But you might want to start by just regularly asking for donations via PayPal to get a feel for how many people would be willing to pay.
I really appreciate your long time support, David. I will navigate through and figure out how to do this. Thanks.
I know how this sounds, but I will be a subscriber in the future….My cash flow is limited to 1 substack subscription at the moment. I note this because Helen Buyniski’s blog is $5 per month. She writes for RT. You are high on my list, though, and I’ve read your work for years, books and blogs. We are about the same age and for some reason have had similar perspectives on many events: I was 9 when JFK was killed and knew the day he was assassinated that something was fishy, that the media was steering the narrative, etc.
I appreciate the support. I read, as far as I got on the Substack “Go Paid” section, that the suggested amount is $7, but if it can be $5, I’ll go with that. Maybe more people will subscribe. Thanks.
Let me use Dmitri Orlov as an example of what I want to illustrate. He started out with a free blog; that’s how I found out about him. I religiously read the blog—— and bought his all of his books.
Now he puts most of his work behind a paywall, making every, say, fifth article public.
Now I can’t read his blog. And now I don’t buy his books.
Take what you can use and throw the rest away.
I appreciate your support, Ralph, and understand your perspective. Thanks.
Thanks for your commentary on the rense program. I like that you mentioned the Piper book and realize what a game changer that murder was for the country. Also it’s impressive that you bring up Huey Long. He was ready to be a real threat to Roosevelt in the 1936 election . He definitely would have kept the US out of war because he would not have approved of Pearl Harbor happening.
I will also contribute with financial support if I knew how to it. (paypal, bitcoin, whatever)