["Open Mike" is the editorial page of TOP, and sometimes includes nuts 'n' bolts stuff like this. It appears on Wednesdays.]
Steven L.: "I have a question. I give to you via PayPal every month. Do I cancel that and do it through Patreon?"
Mike replies: Hi Steve, Yes, I started the Patreon site because I have to stop using PayPal. I need to do the work of asking people to switch over but I haven't had time so far in the New Year. But if you would, that would be great. THANKS!
I've had tax headaches with PayPal. I just gave up the fight and finally settled a dispute from 2014. I don't think I should have had to pay what I went ahead and paid, but the IRS doesn't understand PayPal yet. So I have to stop using PayPal.
Yr. Hmbl. Ed. in 2010 (on the right). Photo by Sally.
If you're a supporter through PayPal like Steven was, could I ask you a huge favor? Could you please cancel that pledge and change it over to Patreon? Patreon is similar to Kickstarter except that it's for people who provide regular content. Like moi. Under the Patreon system everything is tracked, every contributor is identified, no other funds are "confused" with those, and I've set it up so that all the contributions are directly deposited in a completely separate bank account. It's much cleaner and clearer, and should be easier to report without misunderstanding.
Here's how to cancel a recurring payment at PayPal:
- Log in to your PayPal account.
- Go to Profile and More Options.
- Go to My Money.
- Find My Preapproved Payments and click on Update.
- Find TOP.
- Click Details and cancel the recurring payment.
Here's an illustrated tutorial of the same thing.
If you choose to continue your support (and of course I hope you will!), please just go to Patreon and become a patron there. After you sign in, look for the orange "Become a Patron" button at the upper right, below the picture:
You can enter any amount as a monthly contribution. Please note that if you throw a dollar a month into the "Rent Party" hat, it's more than about 93% of all visitors to the site will ever contribute! Don't think it's meaningless. Don't think it isn't enough. It puts you at a high level as a patron. Of course more is better by multiples (a person who contributes $10 equals ten people who contribute $1) but a little is a lot better than bupkus. Everything helps.
TOP gets anywhere from 9,000 to 46,000 direct views a day, and so far I have 162 supporters on Patreon. A good start!
Thanks for doing this and thanks for helping. Let's see if we can keep this whole TOP shebang afloat for a few more years, yawanna? :-)
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