All my life, I’ve wanted to be a writer, and I’ve wanted to be able to make a living at it. In February of this year, the Lord made it possible for that dream to come true. I’m still writing books and blog posts, and I’m getting ready to start beating the street for more copywriting clients.
One of the writing outlets that I’ve been pursuing since 2011 has been my daily devotional blog, which I write every Monday through Friday and publish at 6am free of charge. I started www.AlwaysPeachy.com for myself and my own stress level, and God has used it to be a blessing in the lives of a lot of people in the United States and around the world. And that’s what I want more than anything.
Writing AlwaysPeachy takes a lot of time and effort, and it was different when I had a “real” job. I used the time in the morning to post the devotional, and then I went in to my office where I made a steady paycheck. Now? Every cent I bring in is an answer to prayer. People think working for yourself is easy, and in concept it is. But in practice, it’s ten times harder.
I’m not complaining. This is the life I want, and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. That being said, I have to be open to other methods of earning a living now, and (here’s the tough part for me) I have to talk about it. Ugh. I hate talking about money matters. I’d much rather just sit back and see what happens, assuming that everyone who knows me already understands how this works. Well, you know what they say about making assumptions, right?
A couple of friends pointed me toward an online site called Patreon. I wasn’t sure about it, so I didn’t think much of it. But then I started talking to some other writers, and I discovered that they use it as well. It’s not like a crowdfunding thing. It’s a community of artists who create content, and the people who enjoy their content have the opportunity to support them. It’s pretty straightforward.
So, I created an account and am accepting sponsors. The minimum monthly payment is $5. Yeah. That’s $5 per month. There are some other options too, but I wanted it to be as reasonable as possible. And even if only 25 people would be willing to sponsor the devotional blog $5, that would help me with paying my insurance or buying groceries or even paying for my internet service so I can continue to post devotionals.
Regardless, I’m not going to stop writing the AlwaysPeachy posts. They’re a vital, essential part of my day. I can’t imagine not writing them. And as long as I have strength in my fingers, they’ll be free of charge for anyone and everyone, and I really hope that they continue to be an encouragement and a blessing to people. But if you read them (or any of my writing) and if you enjoy it, and if you’re willing to help me keep writing, I would be so honored and so humbled if you’d consider sponsoring it.
I can’t thank you all enough for your prayers and constant encouragement. This has been a tremendous journey so far, and I can’t wait to see where else it takes me. 🙂