Friday, August 29, 2014

Thank You

Today is my last day blogging on here full time. For the past six weeks, I've been getting up in the morning to blog from 9-5 (or as close as I can manage) as though it's a full-time job. Only I'm the boss so I get to take time off whenever I want.

It was extremely awesome.

But I've run through half my savings since quitting my job, and it's time to look for a new one. I'll still be blogging, just not as much, as I'll have to split the time with job hunting, which will start on Monday. I'll continue to blog as much as I can manage after I get a job. I'm going to make a Patreon account to solicit donations from readers, and my goal is to someday get enough donations each month to be able to do this full time for the rest of my life, because I love it.

And a lot of the reason I've loved it so much is because of you, my family, friends, and awesome fans. I am so thankful for all of the support I've gotten - the encouragement, the compliments, the comments and discussions. I even love the trolls. You guys make me laugh and boost my SEO rankings. Thank you.

But seriously, your support has done more for me than you can know. The most emotionally taxing part of this kind of work is the worry that people I know think it's pointless or annoying or that I'm being overdramatic and that I should calm down. So many of you have taken the time to show me that this was a baseless fear. I am more enthusiastic about turning this into a career and more confident in my writing abilities than ever.

I would also like to thank Feminspire for reaching out to me to ask if they could feature my posts on their website. They have a lot of great, insightful writers, and I was beyond thrilled to catch the attention of a site like that so quickly. I was already super happy with all the traffic and comments I'd received, and this was a huge bonus.

This was one of the best experiences of my life. I've proven to myself that I can do this. I've gained a certainty that was so hard to grasp during a difficult and confusing time in my life.

I want to remind everyone that if you ever need any help, any advice, want me to write about a certain topic, or want me to feature something you've written, you have only to ask. I love you people.

I love my family, I love my friends, I love my incredibly supportive life partner, I love my readers, I love everyone who commented, I love my Tumblr followers, I love women and girls, and I love feminism. Those are all of my favorite things in life. Also ice cream.

I'm really sad to have to stop doing this full time, but I know that because of all of you, someday I will be able to do it again. Thank you so much for that.

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