October 23, 2017

Thank you for supporting Internet Monk


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Thank you for your support.

I really mean this.

Internet Monk is a labor of love. We who write have “day jobs” and contribute articles to the site as we can. I, Chaplain Mike, oversee the iMonastery and do my best to take the lead writing responsibility. None of us gets paid, nor do we seek that. We consider a privilege to carry Michael Spencer’s mantle. We hope each day to honor his legacy and carry on the conversations he began about fifteen years ago.

There are costs associated with keeping up the site, and we gladly accept donations for those expenses. Each year, faithful readers send in gifts, both large and small, to help us keep the lights on. I also use IM funds occasionally to buy small tokens of appreciation for the other writers and staff or to help pay for a special event. But the vast majority of all donations serve to pay the ongoing administrative costs.

A notable exception occurred just recently. One faithful friend sent me money, unsolicited, to get a new computer. The generosity of his offer blew my mind and reinforced to me that the simple act of posting a few words daily on a website and hosting gracious, vibrant discussions is a genuine ministry I couldn’t have imagined only a few years ago.

We rarely, if ever, ask for money, and as long as I’m here it will probably remain that way. It has never been my style. I’m not comfortable with it. And it has long been a (naïve, idealistic) conviction of mine that if I am doing what I should be doing, trusting God, for the benefit of my neighbors, I will never lack what I truly need. I intend to continue overseeing Internet Monk on that simple basis.

So you won’t be hearing appeals, but if you ever want to contribute to help the site, here are a couple of simple suggestions:

  1. Amazon links. We are part of the Amazon Associates program. That means when you click on a link at Internet Monk that takes you to Amazon, anything you buy there will earn a little bit of money for us. It doesn’t have to be the item we linked to, you just need to access Amazon from Internet Monk. This is a great, easy way to help IM.
  2. Donate button. We do have a “donate” button at the top right hand of the page. You can give directly to IM through PayPal by using this button.
  3. Direct gift. Some people prefer to use checks and give directly. Email Chaplain Mike using the link at the top of the page and I will send you my address if you’d like to give in this fashion.

And don’t forget to support those who put ads on our site. We appreciate them as friends and partners.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

That’s about all I can say when I consider your generosity and participation.

Comments

  1. Thanks for telling us this.

  2. Glad you posted this. Please don’t ever feel bad about stating the ongoing maintenance needs of this site!

    Can I suggest you make the Amazon Associates partnership more prominent on the sidebar? There’s no direct link other than to Michael’s book. I always forget about his option, and I shop at Amazon often. It would help lots of us contribute, I think.

  3. Out of curiosity – if we buy stuff via amazon this way, do you see what we buy?

    • There is a list of products purchased that I can look at, but it does not show me who bought the products. I rarely go in to the site. They send me regular emails with the income numbers and that is as far as I usually track things.