Advertising is gross—it is the misappropriation of attention for third-party profit. That is why we have always opted to forego ads and ask our readers and listeners directly for support. In our 11+ years we’ve published 541,004 words and displayed zero ads.1
Damn Interesting is one of the few remaining specimens of an endangered species: we are a website which actually researches and writes original material. Unfortunately servers, research materials, travel, and time aren’t free. Please help prevent our species’ extinction. Send us a few dollars to help us remain in operation.
We accept both recurring and one-time donations, and in exchange we offer a spectrum of optional rewards, both digital and physical. If you decide to donate, all rewards are à la carte—pick as many or as few as you care to. We use Stripe for payments, but if you prefer Paypal, Patreon, etc, scroll down for details.
Every month we move 5% of all donations into our Kiva fund so others can benefit from our good fortune. We then pay our operating costs, which include web hosting (Dreamhost), podcast hosting (SoundCloud), Content Distribution Network, and other stars in our constellation of expenses. Anything above that goes into our authors’ collective tip jar and pays for things like research materials, equipment, software, research-related travel, etc.
If we fall short one month, we survive. If it happens two or three months in a row, our ability to afford to stay online will be in peril. However we will never resort to advertising, so if our readers/listeners decide we are not worth supporting directly, we will shut down non-essential systems, pay the bills until we cannot, and then we will move on to something else.
If we begin to consistently receive a lot more support than we need month to month, we will take that as a hint that our readers/listeners want more. In the event that such funds materialize, we have a roadmap for increasing our publication rate—possibly dramatically—and adding nifty new features. And we’ll bump our monthly Kiva portion to 10% because they are pretty great.
Yes, you can dispatch Paypal funds here. Important: If you are sending enough funds to correspond to one of the One-Time Support rewards above, and you want to receive the corresponding stuff, your Paypal donation must be from your valid email address, and you must name your desired reward in the Special Instructions field. Without that information we cannot insert your donation into our automated system. Also, Paypal donations will not appear immediately in our donation statistics.
We do have a Patreon page, and it is able to accept donations, but it does not yet have any rewards or anything. I need to find the time to integrate it into our Damnload automation so I can flesh it out more. Why must days be such tiny things?
If you prefer you can make out a check to Alan Bellows (we are a very small operation!) and mail it to:
PO Box 16551
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Important: If you make your check out to “Damn Interesting” or similar, we will not be able to cash it at this time. Checks must be made out to “Alan Bellows” in order to work.
Also important: As with Paypal donations, if you are donating toward a reward be sure to provide us with your email address and reward selection.
We appreciate the thought! If you are listener of our podcast, one of the nicest things you can do for us is to rate and review our podcast on your service of choice (iTunes, Stitcher, etc). That makes it more likely for new listeners to discover us. Also, since we aren’t fans of advertising, the best way for other potential donors to find us if for you to tell your friends, share links to our content, etc.
If you wish to lend us psychological support, simply drop us a line.
The easiest way is to find the automated email our Damn Robot sent you when you first donated, click reply, type “cancel,” and click send. If you cannot find that email, just send a note to email@example.com and say you’d like to cancel. If you’re not sending from the same address that was associated with your donation, please specify the donation address so I can find you. Don’t worry, we won’t resent you for canceling—far from it! We know that life gets in the way, and priorities shift. We sincerely appreciate your having supported us while you were able.
If you have any questions and/or suggestions, send some electrons to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Damn Interesting is not a 501(c)(3) charity and donations are not tax-deductible.