Apparently, two or three days ago, I must have mistakenly deleted a small batch of comments, probably no more than six or eight. If you wrote a comment recently that wasn't posted, it was most likely not "disallowed," but merely lost. Guess I must have hit the wrong button by mistake. Sorry about that.
I'm pleased to report that the "subscription drive" the other day went splendidly well. No fewer than 121 people ("True Fans" of TOP, according to Ctein's lingo) signed on to make "voluntary recurring contributions." Here's the breakdown:
36 people chose the $1 per month option ($6 every six months)
50 people chose the $2 per month option ($6 every quarter)
27 people chose the $6 per month option.
Averaged over two years, that's $300 per month, minus PayPal fees of about $25, for a net of about $275 per month of income that I can more or less depend on as a regular thing. I don't think that quite qualifies me as an internet tycoon (still workin' on that), but it'll cover some groceries—so thanks very much to everybody who signed on! A Mike stimulus plan, indeed. I confess I didn't expect so much participation, so I'm feeling complimented. Thanks.
You'll notice I've posted a new link to the Subscribe page at the upper right. If you haven't done so already, I hope you'll consider subscribing, especially if you're someone who reads via our full feeds and seldom visits the actual website.
A fair number of people experienced problems with PayPal, for which I'm sorry. Er, very sorry, for obvious reasons! When a payment service actively discourages motivated buyers, that is not good service. I've been looking into a way to implement recurring payments by credit card without using PayPal, but not making very much progress yet (most of the available options are for far more elaborate operations). I'll keep you posted.
New Amazon portal
There's also a new Amazon portal at the upper right, including quick links. And thanks again to everybody who makes Amazon purchases through our links—that really helps out too.
I'm also beginning to implement categories for posts, to help you locate older posts. It will take a while to get this fully implemented, but I'll be working on it. I'm also thinking of putting together a page of favorite posts. That might take a while too.
The "off-topic" post the other day asking for movie recommendations elicited more comments than any other post in TOP's 3-year-plus history. Whew. I used the suggestions to amass a list of about 13 movie scripts to read. I'm toying with the idea of writing a screenplay, because I have too few things to occupy my time that are highly unlikely to result in income. I'm being sarcastic. It's just one of the things on the bucket list, is all.
I also put together a short list of movies I want to watch based on the recommendations. I've added those to my Netflix queue. Thanks to everybody who passed along favorites.