JD's Talking and Bloggingis creating Blog posts, Conference talks, Drupal stuff
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Every bit helps and is greatly appreciated. You're awesome! As a way of saying thanks, I'll send you a special JD Does Dev sticker to decorate your favorite laptop, wall, or cat with. I'll also Tweet a big thank you with your Twitter handle and add your name to the Patreon Supporter list on the blog posts and presentations.
You help make the world go round! As a super supporter you will get all the benefits of the Supporter tier and be thanked on all blog posts and on the "Thank You" slide of any presentations I give as a Super Supporter.
As a VIP you get the benefits of the Supporter and Super Supporter tiers, with a larger shout out on blog posts and presentations. You also get to request a blog post. Is there a PHP or Drupal topic that's been bugging you? Maybe something completely different? Let me know what you want me to write about and I'll do just that (provided it's not something I'm completely opposed to or have no idea about, that is).
The thing is, whoever said "talk is cheap" was full of it. Most of the talks I've given are to smaller, regional conferences with limited budget and the only thing that they can afford to offer to speakers is a free ticket. Most of the time this includes meals during the conference, but it doesn't cover lodging or travel.
My primary talk is about Mental Illness in Tech and telling my story of going through most of my life thinking that the way I felt was normal and that I should feel that way. I hated myself. I hated the people around me. I was damaged, broken, confused, and scared. Then I decided to do something about it.
Every year, about 20% of all Americans are diagnosed with some form of mental illness. In tech, that number is closer to 50%, and that's just diagnosed. We're not alone in this, and I want to continue telling my story through conference talks and blog posts.
That's where you, my patreon supporters come in. Your pledges help me pay for travel, lodging, and other expenses that come with giving talks. In addition, you'll help fund my efforts in blogging about this and other topics on my website, jamesdflynn.com, as well as help me give back to the Open Source community that has made all of this possible.