So I got this cunty email that basically demanded to know why I would ask for financial support to run sites that I keep private.
First, new memberships on Rough Trade are not moderated but there have been some people who behaved badly. Have I kicked someone off who donated in the past? I doubt it but if I did membership is free and terrible behavior has consequences. Memberships on my main site are moderated but I’ve yet to reject a single applicant (beyond the ones I already banned).
Second, between Rough Trade and this site — I average just over 8 thousand individual user hits a day. This takes bandwidth. One reason I haven’t added ebooks lately is that those downloads take bandwidth, too. I started hosting the chat off site in order to give the site more bandwidth so people would stop complaining about the load time being so long.
Third, never once have I come close to suggesting that I was holding my work hostage for donations or feedback or anything else of the sort.
If it offends you that I can’t afford to provide these sites for YOUR entertainment without help — fuck off elsewhere.
I signed a contract and agreed to publish “Fall for You” for the sole purpose of funding this hobby. It wasn’t something I ever thought I would do but I did it so I could continue to have this site and to host Rough Trade (which I love).
I do get something out of Rough Trade so it’s not a complete act of selflessness on my part. I get to be a part of an amazing group of writers who make their words fly.
PS – thank you for ruining my Monday – asshole.