Paul Fidalgo is creating things to read, listen to, and think about.
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I feel weird even typing this, but this is how it is: Keeping up my blog, producing podcasts, and making music all take a lot of time and energy — time and energy I’m happy to spend in the abstract because I love working on these things. Yet it remains that this time and energy are limited resources.

I of course do all of this for no compensation other than the satisfaction of having done it and, let's be honest, attention and validation for my existence. I will continue to write and produce as long and as often as I can, but I’ll be honest: It’d be a lot easier if all this effort generated a little bit of income. Any amount that my work could generate for me and my family would create just that much more breathing room, and reduce the financial stress that I know most families are feeling these days. It would give me just that much more freedom to do more of this.

I hope you get real value out of my work. I hope you feel enriched and informed by the writing, and I hope you like listening to the rich-and-ridiculous conversations on my podcasts. I hope you like the big thoughts and the dumb jokes, and I hope you discover new things and new ideas.

If so, I’m asking, respectfully, if you’ll help support me, Near-Earth Object, and whatever additional writing, podcasting, and musical projects I take on, by donating here. You totally don't have to, but it'd be cool if you did, and it would be enormously appreciated. 

On the right, you'll see some options for supporting me on a post-by-post basis. I will consider "one meaningful unit of consumable Content™ to be something like a thoughtful essay, a song I've put together, a podcast episode or other audio piece, or any other kind of media of substance. I won't count things like quick re-blogs or posts that are just a couple of sentences.  

And whether you give or not, still, thanks for being here.
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I will add your name to the list of folks who are nice enough to have helped me out.
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I will write you one sonnet on the topic of your choice, and post it to the blog. That's 14 lines of iambic pentameter. You'll also be on the list of nice people.
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I'll write one thoughtful essay, answering the Big Question of your choice, probably under 1000 words, and post it to the blog. I don't promise you'll like my opinion on said Big Question, but that's probably not why you're here anyway. You'll also be on the list of nice people.
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I will write and record you one song on the topic of your choice, with minimal instrumentation, probably between 2 and 4 minutes in length. It will be published to Soundcloud and the blog, and I will retain the rights. You'll also be on the list of nice people.
I feel weird even typing this, but this is how it is: Keeping up my blog, producing podcasts, and making music all take a lot of time and energy — time and energy I’m happy to spend in the abstract because I love working on these things. Yet it remains that this time and energy are limited resources.

I of course do all of this for no compensation other than the satisfaction of having done it and, let's be honest, attention and validation for my existence. I will continue to write and produce as long and as often as I can, but I’ll be honest: It’d be a lot easier if all this effort generated a little bit of income. Any amount that my work could generate for me and my family would create just that much more breathing room, and reduce the financial stress that I know most families are feeling these days. It would give me just that much more freedom to do more of this.

I hope you get real value out of my work. I hope you feel enriched and informed by the writing, and I hope you like listening to the rich-and-ridiculous conversations on my podcasts. I hope you like the big thoughts and the dumb jokes, and I hope you discover new things and new ideas.

If so, I’m asking, respectfully, if you’ll help support me, Near-Earth Object, and whatever additional writing, podcasting, and musical projects I take on, by donating here. You totally don't have to, but it'd be cool if you did, and it would be enormously appreciated. 

On the right, you'll see some options for supporting me on a post-by-post basis. I will consider "one meaningful unit of consumable Content™ to be something like a thoughtful essay, a song I've put together, a podcast episode or other audio piece, or any other kind of media of substance. I won't count things like quick re-blogs or posts that are just a couple of sentences.  

And whether you give or not, still, thanks for being here.

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I will think you are a nice person.
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I will add your name to the list of folks who are nice enough to have helped me out.
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I will write you one sonnet on the topic of your choice, and post it to the blog. That's 14 lines of iambic pentameter. You'll also be on the list of nice people.
Pledge $30 or more per meaningful unit of consumable content™
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I'll write one thoughtful essay, answering the Big Question of your choice, probably under 1000 words, and post it to the blog. I don't promise you'll like my opinion on said Big Question, but that's probably not why you're here anyway. You'll also be on the list of nice people.
Pledge $100 or more per meaningful unit of consumable content™
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I will write and record you one song on the topic of your choice, with minimal instrumentation, probably between 2 and 4 minutes in length. It will be published to Soundcloud and the blog, and I will retain the rights. You'll also be on the list of nice people.