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Wouldya look at that?

Check the thermometer, over there in the sidebar, dear people. Scroll down. Admire your own handiwork.

After a grand beginning, then several weeks of fits and starts … you sent the temperature soaring.

We are 2/3 of the way through the fundraiser today and exceeding expectations.

Total as of this morning: $3,978

Number of donors: 39 — which includes one who donated three times and two who donated twice

Largest donation: $685 — not counting the matching donor who’ll step in at the end of the event

Average donation: $102

Smallest donation: 23,497 satoshis — which is 0.00023497 of a Bitcoin or roughly $2

And if that’s not already wow enough, Since Friday night 9 of those 39 donors contributed a total of $1,212, an average of $134.67 per person.

But then, we have no “average” donors around here.

I’m moved beyond words by B, the blogfriend who’s fallen on hard times but still managed to make an even larger donation than he’s made in the past. And by DT, who I feared had left the blog in anger, but who started off the weekend’s boom with a bang. I’m grateful to JW, the Father of the Fundraiser. To D3 who’s always there and TW who surprised me. And the many others who dug into their pockets and found $100 or more to spare.

But I’m no less thankful for PJ’s satoshis, or the doubled and tripled gifts from CC, TK, and TF. Or the clever sum from JC that took us exactly to the halfway point last week. Or the check from PT that she really couldn’t spare, but sent regardless. I’m thrilled to see the first-time donors, large and small, as well as the long-time readers who’ve chosen this very helpful way of saying they benefit from the blog.

The big gifts are a thrill. No doubt about it; and I’ll put them to good use. But knowing the blog matters to readers — many readers — lifts my spirits. When somebody who doesn’t have a lot finds $5 or $10 or $20 to spare, that’s big. It means a great deal to me. It says I’ve reached you with a message that meant something to you.

That’s what writers live for. That’s what a freedomista writer most needs to know in these strange and sometimes perilous days.

Now I’m off to give my personal thanks to the most recent contributors.


  1. fred
    fred May 21, 2018 12:36 pm

    I am so happy for you Claire.I keep saying this but I’ll say it again,it really made my day!
    Thank you generous contributors.

  2. John
    John May 21, 2018 12:55 pm

    But Claire,

    1212 / 9 = 134.666…

    I think your keyboard might be dyslexic?

  3. Claire
    Claire May 21, 2018 1:08 pm

    John — Fixed. And yeah, I’ll blame my keyboard. It couldn’t possibly be my personal math dyslexia. Nooooo.

    fred — It’s so fun to have you watching and cheering along. Thank you for that.

    And thank both of you for your generous contributions.

  4. Claire
    Claire May 22, 2018 10:38 am

    I’ve once again put “official” thanks into the original May 1 fundraiser thread and will send personal thanks, as well. But I want to note that we’ve gone up another $330 since yesterday.

    Whoohoo! to DS, J&KW, RW, and TF.

  5. Claire
    Claire May 22, 2018 11:57 am

    And my goodness. I just found a nice new sum in my Bitcoin wallet, too. There’s no way of knowing who left that (unless they fess up). But that came in earlier this morning and that donor became the person who jumped us over the $4k mark. So thank you, anonymous!

  6. fred
    fred May 22, 2018 6:32 pm

    Looks like you may even exceed the goal at rate its picked up.Pretty cool! For sure leave it up the whole month for late comers.

  7. John
    John May 22, 2018 7:43 pm

    I can hardly spell.
    I think It is my keyboard.
    Working on it.

    And fred,
    Hey, this is a good time for the brakes to fail.
    Slam the foot to the floor and pray.
    Sometimes we’re OK to blow past our target point.
    To not stop at the line.
    Here maybe?

  8. fred
    fred May 22, 2018 11:46 pm

    Thats the go fund me model…let it run the duration.Seems to work for them ok.

  9. Comrade X
    Comrade X May 23, 2018 10:43 am

    Let her ride!!!

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