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 9+ years we’ve published 446,138 words and displayed zero ads.
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:
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.
If you have any questions and/or suggestions, send some electrons to email@example.com.
Damn Interesting is not a 501(c)(3) charity and donations are not tax-deductible.