Like everything “free” on the internet, I need to have income from my work in order to pay my bills, for the hosting, electricity at the home, the rent and the list goes on and on. Running a website is not free, it takes time and a lot of effort to run a good informative website.
Since the year 2012 I’ve been dealing with a bit of financial problem. Due to debt and low income of social welfare I’ve been having problem keepings things in proper balance in terms of financially, I have normally just worked with it in a such way that I delay things, like delaying the failing hard drive on my computer or going to the dentist (they are really expensive). What has kept me a float for the past few years are donations from people that read my articles and the work I put into it. The low income has kept in a state of debt, I’m far from happy about it since debt cost a lot of money that I would like to spend on other things (like upgrading the server for this website).
When I got to Iceland few days ago I had to buy a new laptop, the original explanation is below (saves me from writing it up again).
—- From 14-December-2016 —-
Few weeks ago I got a hardware donation (as always, I’m thankful for the support), a laptop from 2009 that was in used condition. Unfortunately that laptop had faults that made it unusable for me, faults that I’m sure previous owners did not know of, but made it such that I was unable to use it when I travel. So I have now bought a new laptop at the price of 748,83€ (89.950,00 ISK). The problem is that my attempt to get a loan failed, since I’m living in Denmark (new system based on new laws targeted at payday loan companies that appeared in Iceland after the recession in 2008) and the new system does not allow for a loan payments (besides bank) for Icelanders living outside Iceland. My business bank in Iceland helped me buying the computer, since without the computer I cannot work (writing about volcanoes in Iceland and other things). The main problem starts in January-2017 on how to pay for the computer (and buy food and pay all the bills at the same time, I’m working on a solution in the case I can’t pay it all at once [current chance of that is 98%]). If people want to help me with this hardware buying they can do so with donation, since I plan to let as much of donation as I can go up to this payment (debt) until it is paid down. Thanks for the support. 🙂
Note: Currently I’m having money issue (since 2012 actually due to interactions of many issues and problems), since hardware has been failing due to old age in the last few weeks and months. There is not much I can do about but to respond to it best to my abilities and those abilities are limited at the moment. I have a plan to resolve this debt issue by 2018 (majority of it) and the rest in 2019 and 2020 if needed.
I got some donations (thanks!), but that only covered less than half of what the laptop did cost me. It helps, but I still have a lot to pay in February when the payment is due (at the earliest). I’ve like to pay the whole thing soon as possible. Along with trying to solve my other money issue. But one thing at the time, first I need to pay for the laptop. What the laptop does is to allow me to work while I’m not home and keep this website updated as needed.
People are free to donate if they can. I understand that fully if people can’t afford to support my work, since I’m far from being the only broke person in the world today. Those how don’t want to use PayPal can donate directly, information for direct donations can be found here.
Thanks for the support. 🙂