Avoiding Penia


You may or may not have noticed, but paleothea.com is a not for profit website. That means, I don’t get any money from ANYONE. I don’t take ads out for google, I don’t get kickbacks for telling you to buy good books from Amazon.com, I don’t even get clickthru stuff from the artists I work with. I also don’t ask for donations.Laksmi, Hindu Goddess of Wealth by Hrana Janto

To be honest, one major reason that this is true is because it would mean a sort of commitment to this website I am not prepared to make. There is still misinformation littered in hard to reach places (and embarrassingly public places, in some cases) around the site. Also, I have a day job. And a night job. And neither of those is this website. If I ask you for money, I feel that I should be committing to giving you a quality product. Not that the website is so bad, but I am not doing the daily (or even monthly) updates I once aspired to.

The other very big reason I keep it ad-free is that I want this website to be a place people lounge their way through. Skip through. Laugh through. Possibly even think I’m an idiot through. And the way I was raised, consumerism (advertising, the slippery slope!) poisons a lot of the pure intentions. It also adds one more thing to look at in a site with way too much information already.

I’m not sure anyone’s actually reading this blog yet, but if you did make your way here after poking around the website, leave me a line. What do you think? Should I ask for donations?


7 responses to “Avoiding Penia”

  1. I don’t see any reason why you should’nt ask for donations. The site is great and you can warn people about the possible misinformation ect. In the end, it is up to them if they feel they have the money and will to make a donation!

  2. I love how you put your own spin on the myths. Your website is entertaining and educational at the same time. It’s more than a Greek myth encylopedia. I love it! I think you are doing a great job.

  3. I don’t see why not. You are providing an entertaining, informative and beautiful site. I respect your feelings about consumerism, though. I tend to dismiss sites that are busy with ads even if I know the content is good. Related ads can be unobtrusive.

  4. Dianeeeee-aaaa! Avatar

    What wonderful wisely written witty words!

    If I taught the Greek myths, I would definitely require some reading of your site! I would expect that you should ask for a donation, keep half the money for your wisdom and joy, and give the other half to a charity each month that supports women in some way. Do you do any storytelling? You should book yourself through some agency and do those cool autobiographies for paying colleges/schools! I trust that your day and night jobs are places that you are also using your talents to keep the myths alive?

    Thank you for a fantastic website!

    Thank you for respecting my need to get NO junk emails, although hearing from you would be nice.

  5. I love your translations for the myths…so funny!
    I think you should ask for some donation…
    or publish your myths! 🙂

  6. Louanne Avatar

    I love the fact that you do not have ads–especially Google ads. What a beautiful, clean, informative, funny site! I will have to think about the Donations idea. I absolutely think your site is very worthy of Donations; I’m just not sure how it would hit me–so I’ll think about it and come back and let you know! Thanks for the inspiration (and the many, many laughs.)

  7. So in my humble opinion, I tend to agree with your thought on accepting donations versus not.

    At the same time, you do such incredible work shouldn’t you be rewarded.

    So perhaps it is about the balance (i.e. choosing where to allow donations and from whom). For example, as a soccer coach (one of my hobbies) I volunteer coach for the town in the fall and spring and offer paid services in the winter and summer. This way everyone can benefit and those who really appreciate my expertise and enjoy more than the average can.

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