I love public television and public radio. From Call the Midwife to Antiques Roadshow, from Fresh Air to Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me, the programming available through such channels is typically cultured, insightful, educational and usually a lot of fun.
It also depends on the support of generous donors.
I can’t compare my little blog to the wonderful talent of folks like Krista Tippett or Julian Fellowes, but there’s one way in which this site is like public broadcasting: it is made possible by readers just like you.
Blogging is a labor of love — and like any other creative initiative, it needs support to keep it going. Over the years, many people have given me advice on how to make the blog sustainable — from “Sell advertising!” to “Make it a membership site!” I appreciate their suggestions, but ideas like that have never felt right. Ads? They would just clutter up the site. Membership? Kind of hard to justify that when I believe so strongly that what I write should be freely available to everyone. Not everyone can afford a monthly admission fee.
So this website remains free to use, and if you are not in a position to make a contribution, think no more about it. Maybe in the future you can offer some support, but for now, please know you are welcome here.
If you can support this site — remember that your generosity not only allows me to keep writing, but also keeps this humble contemplative resource available to thousands of people every month, including some folks who are not in a position to donate. Your support is as much a blessing to them as it is to me.
The Most Important Thing
Yes, your financial support matters. A lot. But there’s something that’s even more essential. Please pray for me; please pray for this blog, and for the people who read it — whether regularly, or after stumbling upon it in the middle of the night.
It’s a scary thing to write about God: I could unwittingly say something that could really be hurtful for someone (may God prevent this from ever happening). Or — entirely by God’s grace, mind you — something on this blog might give someone hope, or insight, or encouragement, someone who really needs it. So please, join me in praying that God’s will may be done through this little project of
Incidentally, another way you can support this blog — share it. Share it with anyone who you think might be interested. I don’t have money for a lot of marketing (after all, the whole point behind this page is that I don’t have a lot of money!) — but thousands of people read this blog each month. If each of us could invite one new person to check it out, then its reach could grow exponentially.
Ways to Give
Okay — so if you’ve read this far, I’m assuming you’re at least open to the idea of making a financial gift. Bless you, bless you, bless you.
So, here’s how you can help.
The most helpful way for you to join the circle of donors is by making a pledge at www.patreon.com/carlmccolman. Patreon is a platform for setting up monthly donations to online creators: not only bloggers like me, but podcasters, musicians, filmmakers, and so forth. When you visit my Patreon page, you can make a monthly pledge for as little as $1 a month.
As a way of expressing gratitude, I’ve created a number of thank-you gifts for folks who make a pledge via Patreon, ranging from acknowledgment on this website to newsletters, ebooks, and other premiums.
I love Patreon not only because it gives me a sense of ongoing support (which is really awesome), but also because Patreon is designed to foster on-going connections between me, you, and the other patrons — folks who love the interior life, and who want to see contemplative and mystical spirituality made available to as many people as possible. Patrons are truly my partners, joining with me in seeking to share the treasures of contemplative spirituality with a world that is so hungry for it.
To learn more about Patreon — and to become a patron — click the following button.
I am truly grateful for your generosity and your commitment to contemplative spirituality.
Some people have communicated to me that making a monthly pledge doesn’t work for them, but they still want to support the site. Please consider Patreon anyway, making your pledge small enough to work on a monthly basis. But if that’s still not possible, then you can make a one-time donation through Paypal. Just use the following button, which will take you to PayPal, (enter the amount of your gift where it says “Price per item”), and off you go!
Finally, if typing your credit card into your computer or smartphone just goes against your nature, there’s always the old fashioned way. You can send a check (U.S. dollars, please) to me at:
P.O. Box 1146
Clarkston, GA 30021
I can’t say it enough: I am truly grateful for all your support. Thank you — and stay in touch.