Friday, 23 November 2012

How To Help

After my What Lupus Has Taken Away post, there was a comment asking how to help.

I've been thinking about that.

I checked about adding a "donate to this blog" button, but I'm in Australia, and to ask for donations I'd have to be a registered charity. (You don't become a registered charity by not being able to pay the rent.)

So to help financially there are a couple of things possible:

If you own a business relating to health, you could sponsor a post on this blog (or a business relating to animals, you could sponsor a post on mrbumpycat.com). In either case, I charge $25 AUD per post.

You could buy some of my books. They're available in paperback or epub from Lulu, or in Kindle edition from Amazon.  Or you could buy some of my tee shirts from Iris' Shirt Shop. Or you could share any of those links on your own Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, etc, to help promote them to others.

There's also paid ads back on this site. Paid ads are only paid if someone clicks on them (and of course I can't ask you to click on them - there's ways of filtering out too many clicks), and in more than a year, I have not had enough clicks to be paid anything yet.  It takes a very long time.


But that's just me.  There's lots of people with lupus and other chronic illnesses who are in the same situation.  One of the big issues with chronic illness is that it takes away a big chunk of our ability to earn an income.  And nowhere in the world is social security so good that it makes up for what we lose.

So you know what's coming next, don't you?

The Lupus Business Directory is my project to help people with chronic illnesses to help ourselves.  Any time you purchase anything from the directory, you are helping someone who has a chronic illness. At this time of year, you're buying gifts anyway, and the Directory's got plenty - jewellery, books, handcrafts, clothing, cosmetics, even perfumed candles.

So just as you can help me by buying my products, you can help many other people in a similar situation by buying from them, and by sharing the link for the Business directory.

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