Why donations support my work are important

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It takes a lot of hours to maintain this website. Its a lot of work and I spend many hours checking current earthquake data and sometimes hours searching historical records about a volcano or an area in Iceland that is having an earthquake swarm if such data is available. The issue is also costs of hosting the website, since with increased traffic I have had to get larger dedicated hosting. Most months I don’t get enough donations to support that cost.

This endless problem with money because of low social welfare that I’m on and lack of donations means that I’ve not been able to replace my failed earthquake computer (new motherboard +memory +cpu) or my failed server computer (failed for unknown reasons). This has also delayed my seismometer upgrade from my current hardware to Raspberry Shake hardware. I did get donations for it but I didn’t get enough donations to get that project finished. I am going to finish it next 3 to 4 months if no delays happens since I am going to be working next summer. I do need a new earthquake computers for the Raspberry Shake set-up (two, one Windows and one Linux). I don’t have any idea how to do this at the moment due to lack of money. Having no money is also really stressful when it is a problem for a long period of time as has been the case for me for several years already.

Living in Denmark is slightly cheaper than living in Iceland. As is clear from 2017 data from Eurostat. I am also going to be living in a cheaper apartment compared to last time I was living in Denmark (I think its called a condo). I’ll also be debt free in Iceland and that means less financial pressure for me. The exchange rate is always going to be a issue with Icelandic Krona. That is why I hope that I can move paying for my dedicated hosting from ISK to DKK, in the long term it might be more stable and cheaper. Since the the DKK/USD exchange rate is stable compared to ISK/USD exchange rate.

I removed the banners because they are not getting used. According to a Last Week Tonight with John Oliver the click rate of banner advertisements is just 0.17%. It is possible to continue to support me by using Amazon, all the banners have now been moved to Support with Amazon page.

The best way to support my work is with donations by using PayPal or by using bank transfer if you are in the EU and don’t want to use PayPal. All the information can be found here. I don’t want to go subscription because this is information that needs to reach everyone regardless of economic status if something major happens in Iceland.

I want to thank everyone that has been supporting my work with donations. They have helped me to survive the months I’ve been broke.

I am going to update this article in the in the future.

Donations needed for March

I am once again having money issues. The reason now is that I moved to a new dedicated server in February and I am paying down my debt at a rather fast rate (so I can finish paying what I owe the bank this year), normally there is a thin balance in this, it just doesn’t take a lot to upset that balance. It isn’t free to run this website and never has been. I did try to use Amazon as an advertising revenue since Google Adsense never did work well enough for me I felt (Google is difficult when moving between countries as I’ve been doing). I do get social welfare from Iceland but since Iceland is the most expensive country in Europe (source) that income doesn’t go that far from me. I made the chose to reduce the Amazon advertisement since I was not getting a lot or sometimes no income from having those advertisement. It continues to be possible to support my work by using Amazon. It is now on the page Support via Amazon, there are all the advertising banners that need to be clicked before item is bought from Amazon. I get a small precent of each item sale price (buying an item and returning it does not work, if an item is returned what I get is just withdrawn from my Amazon account).

I don’t need many 10 and 20 euro donations to help me with the month of March or any other month of the year. Donations also help me doing daily things, like buying food and feel less stressed with the money problems that I am having. There is a lot of work that I put into this website and monitoring what is going on, even if I am having major hardware issues at the moment due to failed computers (motherboards) that limit what I can do (it is not possible to send me hardware to Iceland due to costs, donation for that are welcome, please mark them with a written note).

I don’t want to set-up Patreon as many people have done to support them self in the creative works. The reason for that is I don’t have any way to offer rewards as is often on Patreon and I feel that PayPal and direct bank donations are just good enough (for people that don’t use PayPal).

Thanks for the support. ūüôā

Donations needed for May-2018

Please remember to support my work with donations. At the moment my fridge is about to get empty because I don’t have any money to buy anything. The reason is high bill situation in Denmark this month. If I don’t get any donations I am not sure how last weeks in Denmark are going to be for me. I think difficult is going to be a understatement to my problems following this lack of money.

At the moment it is quiet in Iceland besides the ongoing minor earthquake activity in √Ėr√¶faj√∂kull volcano. Since I mostly cover current activity rather than past events I don’t have a lot to write about at the moment. I do spend the same time working behind the scene on collecting data in order to see if anything is about to happen in Iceland. This type of quiet period do happen every few weeks and last from two weeks and up to several months at the time.

What is also happening is that I am packing my stuff up and moving to Iceland for the next few years. This means I don’t have to deal with bill problems in Denmark after June-2018. I have also made a minor change to my plan and I have cancelled moving to Spain. What I am going to do instead is to find me a rental apartment in Frankfurt Am Main and move there. I am not sure when that happens. The reason for this that I don’t want to owe a bank any money and I am not into the obligations that following owning a house means. I plan on renting form a housing association in Frankfurt Am Main. I don’t know how many there are there but I estimate it to be quite many due to how large population lives in Frankfurt area (more than 6 million in total) so searching for something that works for me is going to take time.

Thanks for the support. ūüôā

Donations needed for April

Please remember to support my work with donations. I spend a lot of time gathering information for articles that I write, even short articles about earthquake activity. I ask for donations in a special article now because the situation in terms of money for me is considerably worse than I had hoped for April. I am also trying to save up for the bills I have to pay in May. Since in Denmark many bills are only sent every 3rd month* and that has resulted in a minor issue for me as the amounts get really high. I’ve never been able to get ahead of that issue even if I tried to do so. It also complicates this issue is the extra tax I have to pay while I am living in Denmark. Since I need to pay this extra tax it means that I lack the money for saving up for the three months bills or at best can only save little money and use as little as I can to buy food. Since I’ve been doing that for several months now and it doesn’t get any easier. This problem is going to end when I move from Denmark by the end of May-2018. When I move to Iceland I don’t have to pay the extra tax in Denmark.

I am moving to Iceland from Denmark for a short time. The long term plan now is to move to Spain** after living some time in Iceland. Moving to Spain requires more work than I have current done so I’ll be living in Iceland during that time. I just I can find somewhere to live during that time, the housing crises in Iceland is awful at the moment and I don’t think it is going to improve in next few months. The reason for moving to Spain is the cost of living in Iceland and the housing crises. I can’t afford buying a apartment in Iceland because the price is high and getting higher. Getting something rented is also a big problem in this situation. What I am going to do in Iceland is simple, pay down all the debt I currently have and save up for a payment in a condo in Valencia, Valencia, Spain. I am going to be remote running my geophone network from Spain. It is going to be considerable easier once I start upgrading to Raspberry Shake sensors from my current hardware (that hardware is getting old and needs replacing).

I do more background work in connection with this website than many people realise. Sometimes I am looking at data or maps and sometimes I am trying to organise the earthquake collection I now have. I got a backlog to 2014 that I need to short out when I have the time (to weeks rather than months). Over the last 4 years I’ve recorded well over 7000 earthquakes due to heavy activity in Iceland.

The fault valley created by the rifting activity in 1875 that triggered a eruption in Askja volcano and B√°r√įarbunga volcano (Tr√∂llag√≠gar, south-west part of B√°r√įarbunga volcano system). The new rift cycle has started and now it started with an eruption in B√°r√įarbunga volcano. The rift valley on the map is going to get bigger in the future, but it is impossible to know when that might happen.

* This means the amounts I have to pay each time is higher than if it was a monthly payment. I prefer to have all bills monthly but that is not an option in Denmark for the internet bill and electricity bill. There is one bill that is every six months and I paid that one in March. This has been a big problem for me for a long time now.
** There no extra tax for me in Spain. Instead I pay all the tax in Spain from my welfare income in Iceland in accordance with Iceland – Spain tax treaty. The tax I have to pay in Spain is also lower than in Iceland as I understand it. But I have many things to figure out before I can move to Spain for good and a lot of money to save up before that happens.

Thanks for all the support. ūüôā

Article schedule over the Christmas days and New years

Here is the article schedule for Christmas days and the New years.

23rd December. Normal posting of articles if anything happens.
24th December. One automatic article. Otherwise no new articles.
25th December. No new articles.
26th December. No new articles.
27th – 30th December. Normal posting of articles if something happens.
31st December. No New articles.
1st January 2018. One automatic article. No new articles.
2nd January (until next holiday season). Normal posting of articles if something happens.

Please remember to support Iceland geology with donations

I put a lot of work in this website as it shows when the number of articles (1320 so far) I’ve written since I started this website in September 2011. Donations allow me to keep writing on this website without being too much bothered with having to worry about financial problems too much (I’ve had enough of that for five live times already).

It is also clear that increase in volcano activity in Iceland means that I’ll be busier than ever writing articles about eruptions in Iceland and what that means. I do expect that the year 2018 is going to be something (possibly) and that wait might not be too long.

Please remember to support my work with donations. Everything helps, but it important to know that PayPal takes it share off any donations so smaller donations get even smaller when that is taken into account.

Thanks for the support. ūüôā

Test article #2

This article is on the new server (I have confirmed that). Earlier test article is on the old server and does not appear on the new server.


Test image. Copyright of this image belongs to Jón Frímann Jónsson

Iceland geology can be slow due to traffic

Due to popularity of Iceland geology my current dedicated server is getting fully used. That has resulted in slower website access when the most traffic is coming to Iceland geology during the day. Since I’m broke I can’t afford a server upgrade until September at the earliest. This means I’m going to be running a 1,6Ghz server with 4GB ram until that time.

The new server I plan on upgrading to is going to have a 3,6Ghz CPU and 16GB ram to start with and 1TB hard drive. That is going to cost me $219 (~183‚ā¨) a month.

This article has been un-pinned.

Article updated on 06-August-2017 at 20:04 UTC.