If you have visited The Xenophile Historian during the past three weeks, you may have noticed a new feature — on nearly every page is a Paypal link with the words “Support This Site!”
In the past when you read my work, I said, “Thank you for your support.” That is still true, but now there is a way to financially support the website as well, for those who feel inclined to do so.
I got the idea for the donation buttons from the podcasts I have been listening to lately; they are supported by either donations or advertising. The donation buttons will thus serve the same reason as the Google ads on my webpages. I have been paying for server space since 2001, but the employment in my chosen field of work hasn’t been steady; it alternates between feast and famine, depending on the state of the economy. And while the Google ads have helped, I need at least one check from Google every year to break even, when paying for the server space. With competition from other websites containing history, especially Wikipedia, The Xenophile Historian hasn’t always gotten enough visits to earn those checks.
Rest assured, I plan to keep the content on the website free, except for what goes into any future books I write. You may consider the donation buttons the online version of the jar near a piano player or sushi chef in a restaurant; if you like what you see and want to encourage me to produce more, feel free to leave a tip.
Currently I am trying to figure out a way to put one more donation button in the right-hand margin of this blog. In the meantime thanks again, and keep on reading!